So I was at the grocery store the other day, minding my own business, sticking to my list, and on target to break the world record my personal record of buying a week’s worth of groceries by spending only $17.
I so had my A-game. I was rockin’ out on my iPod, passing Sunday-shoppers on the left side of the aisle, leaving grocery-cart skid marks in the dust. I rounded the canned good aisle and BAM! ran into a darn good deal on apples.
Usually, I buy 3 pounds of apples for $2.49. Well, actually, I buy 6 pounds for almost $5. But this day, the apples were staring me in the face at a whopping $1.10 for 3 pounds. And they were good lookin’ apples.
So I armed myself with nearly 10 pounds of fruit and rushed the check-out line before my guilt of spending $19 instead of $17 on groceries overwhelmed me.
And then I came home and was faced with the fact that I already had about 7 apples in my refrigerator crisper. The Omnivore promised he’d eat those blasted things. Clearly, the autumn-fruit season has gotten out of control in the house of Branny. So, per my usual response to insanity in my life, I began to cook.
And believe it or not, that was not the end of the apples. So I made apple chips:
They were great for chili-dipping! They were low maintenance. And healthy. I added no sugars because these red delicious apples were amazingly good and sweet already (a attribute I find rare in that variety of apple).
Combine 2 T lemon juice with 5 cups water in a large bowl.
Preheat oven to lowest temperature setting.
Clean and slice apples as thinly as possible. Mine were 1/8″, maybe thinner. Thicknesses may vary and that’s okay.
Place sliced apples in bowl of lemon juice and water. Dab dry with a dish cloth and place on a cookie sheet, lightly sprayed with nonstick spray, in a single layer.
Bake in oven for 3-4 hours, turning them over occasionally, until crisp and delicious.
This recipe is very forgiving. I baked for about 2 hours one night, turned the oven off, leaving the crisps inside, reheated the oven the next day and continued the process with no negative results.