Storage rules for dried apples
Dried apples are of great value in cooking. They are very useful for the body: beneficially affect the digestive system and increase immunity. They contain many vitamins, minerals, fiber and ascorbic acid.
Storage rules for dried apples
You can store dried apples at home in many ways. Consider the most optimal options.
Which apples to choose
To obtain high-quality and tasty products for the winter, thin-skinned fruits of medium size should be used - they have small seed chambers, so there will be less waste in the process of cutting them.
It is best to store apples of autumn varieties with a sweet and sour taste (sweet ones have a weak taste and aroma after drying). The best varieties are recognized - Antonovka, Pepin and Aport.
First, the fruits are washed, unnecessary fragments are cut out - places of damage by worms and mechanical injuries.
The apples are cut in half, the core is cut and the stalk is removed. Then cut into slices 0.3-0.5 cm thick.
Next, you need to dry the cut, for this the hostesses use different methods:
- in the sun on warm summer days;
- in the oven at a temperature of 50-50 °, stirring regularly;
- in an electric dryer - at a certain temperature specified in the instructions, after 2-3 hours the drying reaches full readiness;
- in the microwave at a power of 300 watts in 2-3 minutes.
With this method of preparation, drying preserves all vitamins and nutrients.
Conditions and storage
Storage of dried apples involves the creation of certain conditions that will ensure good keeping quality of the fruit.
First, you need a dark, dry, well-ventilated area.
Note that apples will deteriorate quickly near heat sources. And one more important condition: you can not place them next to products with a rich aroma, because they have the ability to absorb odors.
The room temperature should not exceed 10 °. For a product prepared in the summer, the ideal place in the apartment is a glazed balcony or window sill, where the risk of parasites is minimized. The main thing is to create protection from sunlight.
With the onset of cold weather, when the temperature decreases, and the humidity level rises, drying must be brought in a warm and dry place - placed in the pantry. There is no humidity and sun in this place. To be sure, you can put a bowl of salt next to it that absorbs excess moisture.
In a rag bag
Dried apples are best stored in a rag bag.
You can store dried apples at home in a bag - this is the most optimal way. You can sew it yourself, the main thing is to choose a natural and not too dense fabric for this.
The advantage of this method is its excellent protection against the penetration of various parasites. In addition, the apples will not suffocate or mold.
Before laying, wash the bag with laundry soap, then hang it up without rinsing, dry it, fill it with the product, tie it tightly and place in a dry and well-ventilated place.
In the box
You can save dried apples for the winter in other containers. Use, for example, an ordinary cardboard box, wooden box or wicker basket.
A capacious container places such a product in large quantities, but it does not protect against the penetration of various parasites. Therefore, during storage, drying should be periodically inspected for aphids, midges, moths and other insects. In addition, in such a place, the risk of mold and musty is not excluded.
Shelf life depends on properly equipped containers - a sheet of food paper is laid on the bottom, then a drying layer, then again parchment and so on to the top. Top drying covered with parchment paper. Nearby put a container of salt to absorb moisture.
In the bank
The method of storing dried apples in jars is the most popular.
Use sealed glass containers. It is important to pay attention to the quality of the product and the condition of the container - they must be completely dry, otherwise over time, the drying stored in the can under the nylon cover will quickly moldy.
To avoid the appearance of parasites, dried apples should be periodically poured from one container to another, providing them with such a way of ventilation.
The advantage of such storage is that there is always the opportunity to notice insects in time that love to enjoy fruit drying.
To protect the product dried for the winter from the invasion of parasites in an apartment or a house as follows:
- apple slices are first washed under running water;
- then immersed in a weakly concentrated saline solution (1 tsp. salt in 1 l of water);
- at the end, the slicing must be immersed in a solution of vinegar (1 tbsp. l substance per 1 l of water) for 10 minutes.
This method helps protect the dryer from aphids, moths, midges and other parasites.
Extermination of parasites
You can get rid of insects with apples
If you notice insects in dried apples, do not rush to throw them away, because they can still be saved. There are several ways:
- Transfer the product to a baking sheet and send to the oven for half an hour at a temperature of 60 °. The same method is effective in case of mold. But to use a moldy product in food, even after careful processing, is not recommended.
- The second option is to put the dryer in the freezer for an hour. In cold weather, all parasites, including larvae of aphids and moths safely die.
- The containers in which the insects are wound up must be processed - rinse and heat the glass jars in the oven, replace the cardboard box with a new one, wash the cloth bag with soap and iron.
Secrets of long-term storage
A well-dried product in a sealed container may lie for several years.
At home, this can only be achieved in a dry, well-ventilated and dark room. The humidity level must not exceed 30%, the optimum temperature is 10 °.
You can extend the shelf life of dried apples if you regularly pour it from one container to another, which will provide good ventilation.
There are many ways to save dried apples in the winter.
The main thing is to properly prepare the fruit slices, dry them, transfer them to a sterile container and ensure the proper conditions - darkness, dryness and good ventilation.
It will turn out to prepare the product for a long time and enjoy its taste at any time of the year.