Since our girl has started kinder,i have been in a lookout for healthy snacks.She is awfully hungry after the school.Don’t mistake me, i do send her with good lunch but just the long school day is good enough to make one hungry.I do not want to feed her empty calories ,though i certainly do that at times.Couple of weeks back we tried sweet potato chips.I was highly skeptical if they will like it.I was proven wrong,since they crunched it down.
I was talking to my friend Melissa couple of days back and we talked about making apple chips.I can not keep our conversation out of food.Have you noticed?I had not thought about it.So this last Friday we gave it a try.This is what i have to say about it.
- It shrivels as it dehydrates so it was not very appealing to my 3 year old.I did a mistake to call it ‘chips’ and it does not fit his vision of ‘chips’,so he has not touched it yet but i will try again.
- My 5 year old was like..’hmmmm..apple chips?’,I encouraged her to try and she crunched it down :-).I will not go as far as saying that she LOVED it as her regular potato chips but i was encouraged enough to make it again by her reaction.
- For me,i was pleasantly surprise that it is actually crunchy good.Sweet and tart.Does NOT taste like health food,i promise.
- I added a touch of sugar and cinnamon to each chips. Literally a pinch or a dash that i could grab between my thumb and index fingers.Barely.I was afraid that kids would discard it outright that it is too sour as i was trying to get their positive first impression of it 🙂
- If you have mandolin,apple-corer and slicer,this is a time to show them the day light.I had neither,so i trusted mighty wusthof knives i have.My apple were big and i could not keep the uniform thickness as i was slicing through it,so i cut them in half and sliced each half thinly.It does NOT have to be paper thin like you will get in mandolin and as i thought first.
- You have to let it rest once it comes out from oven,so it crisps up.
- One medium size apple fills up one baking sheet easily.So one honey crisp apple will take more then one baking sheet.You do not want them touching each other.
- Have you every tasted dried mango?It sorta tastes like that and i like that.
Will I make it again?
Absolutely YES but not frequently and that is totally cost driven.
- We live in South Texas not in Vermont.
- We don’t go apple picking and buy apple in bushels.
- We will stock up when it goes on sale to turn them into yummy goodies but we don’t have luxury to indulge ourselves from overabundance of it like my friend who live up North have :-).So jealous of her apple-palooza.