Apple Chips


Several Apples of your choice
(I recommend: Jonna Gold, Honeycrisp, Gala, and Pizazz)

Lemon Juice bath to stop apples from browning

Cinnamon if you want

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Apple Chips

Sep 15, 2022Brian Witmer
Contributed By: Adventures in Freeze Drying: For Beginners

About 5lbs of Apples yielded 4 medium trays, triple stacked with parchment between layers*


  1. Clean your apples and then you can leave skin, or peel (An apple corer works great for this.
  2. Core, and thinly slice apples (Apple corer/slicer works great for this) trying to keep apples the same thickness.
  3. If you want to dip your apples in a lemon juice bath to keep from browning do this as you slice the apples.
  4. Put parchment down on your tray, layer apples, sprinkle with cinnamon if you desire.
  5. I did 3 single layer layers on my trays, putting parchment between each layer.
  6. Pre-Freeze or add directly to machine and Freeze Dry
  7. Store Appropriately (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)


Cycle Time 

My cycle time in a medium freeze dryer with a premier pump was 24 hours.


Not intended

* Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray Medium = 6 Cups/Tray Small = 4 Cups/Tray

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Comments (2)

  • I have found a really great method to keep apples from browning rather than using lemon juice. I’ve freeze-dried several loads of apple slices using this method and they never brown, soak apples in salt water! Dissolve one teaspoon kosher salt in 2 cups water. Soak 10 minutes….rinse or don’t rinse….doesn’t matter….however, I usually rinse as I don’t want extra salt in my diet. I’ve also used this on pears.

    Dr. Pam
  • Sounds good! Did you pre-freeze yours? I have not yet tried unfrozen food.
    Freeze Drying Cookbook replied:
    Hi Kathleen,

    This was a lesson learned the hardway! I prefroze mine, but used wax paper between my layers. BIG mistake. Make sure if you prefreeze, you use parchment between layers, and I always layer mine in 3 layers when I freeze dry them. I have also started putting parchment on the top layer to keep my cinnamon from being sucked into the pump!

    Happy Freeze Drying! Brenda



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