November 28

Freeze Dried Caramel Apples | A Healthier Halloween Treat


As a freeze-dry business owner, I am always searching for creative ideas to share with the freeze-dry community. With Halloween just around the corner, I came up with a unique recipe idea – caramel-drizzled apple fries! Not only are these apple fries visually appealing, but they also provide an exciting crunchy texture, thanks to the freeze-drying process. I recently tested this new recipe at home, utilizing my potato slicer to create bite-sized apple fries and exploring the effects of freeze-drying on caramel. Join me as I take you through the process of creating this tasty Halloween treat!

In my experiment, I used both Gala and Granny Smith apples, a potato slicer to cut them into fries, and a Smuckers caramel topping for drizzling. The apple fries were freeze-dried at 125 degrees, which is the temperature typically used for fruits. Upon completion, I noticed that the caramel topping had transformed from chewy to crunchy due to freeze drying. I am thrilled with the results and believe that these caramel apple fries will be the perfect addition to your Halloween festivities.

Key Takeaways

  • Freeze-drying apples with caramel creates a unique and crunchy Halloween treat.
  • Using a potato slicer for cutting apples makes for convenient bite-sized pieces.
  • Experiment with different apples and caramel types to find your perfect combination.

Overview of the Freeze Drying Business

In the freeze drying business, creativity and experimenting with different foods and flavors can lead to fascinating results. One such experiment I tried recently was making freeze-dried caramel apple fries for the Halloween season. Combining the delightful crunch of freeze-dried apples with the sweetness of caramel resulted in a tasty treat that could be popular during this festive time.

For this process, I used a potato slicer to cut apples into fry-shaped pieces, trying both Gala and Granny Smith apple varieties. I then drizzled caramel over the apples, opting for Smuckers caramel flavor topping instead of traditional caramel syrup.

Freeze-drying is an interesting process in which foods like fruits are typically dried at 125 degrees. I chose to maintain this temperature for the apples, even though caramel would usually require a higher temperature for drying.

Once the apples were prepared, I placed them in my Harvest Right freeze dryer, using Frozen Right grates to minimize sticking. It took approximately 40 hours to freeze-dry the caramel apple fries, which was a bit longer than I anticipated. The final product had a unique, crunchy texture that showcased the delightful combination of apples and caramel—a dessert that could be a hit during the Halloween season.

Remember, experimenting with different recipes and techniques can lead to unexpected opportunities in the freeze drying business. It’s essential to keep an open mind and try new things, as it can take your creations to new heights.

Fry Slicer Introduction

Halloween is around the corner, and if you’re looking for a unique spin on a freeze-drying recipe, I have a fantastic idea. Building on the fun concept of turning apples into fries using a potato slicer, we’ll be drizzling caramel over the apple fries before freeze-drying them. The goal is to create a tasty, crunchy treat perfect for the Halloween season.

For this experiment, I’m using both Gala and Granny Smith apples and a store-bought caramel topping. To slice the apples, I’ll be using a convenient fry slicer, which can make fry-sized slices quickly and efficiently. It’s essential to place the apples in the freezer quickly after slicing to avoid browning.

To aid with the freeze-drying process, I’ve chosen to use gridded grates on the Harvest Right freeze dryer trays. These grates help prevent the apple fries from sticking to the tray during the freezing and freeze-drying process.

Once the apples are sliced and placed on the trays, I’ll drizzle the caramel topping over the apples. I’ll also create an additional tray of apple fries without caramel, adding the topping after pre-freezing the apples to test the difference.

For the freeze-drying process, I used my home freeze dryer, the Harvest Right large freeze dryer, with a drying temperature of 125 degrees for the fruit. The entire process took about 40 hours, slightly longer than expected. However, the final product should be a delicious, crunchy caramel apple fry perfect for Halloween festivities!

Preparation of Apple Fries

When using a freeze dryer, apple fries make for a fun and tasty treat, especially during the Halloween season. To create these apple fries, I recommend using Gala and Granny Smith apples. Wash them thoroughly before slicing them into fries using a potato slicer. This creates bite-sized pieces perfect for snacking. As you work, be quick to prevent the apples from browning due to air exposure.

Instead of simply freeze-drying the apple slices, I opted to drizzle them with caramel to add extra flavor and texture. I used Smuckers caramel topping for this, but feel free to use any caramel topping of your choice.

To start, place the apple slices on freeze-dryer trays. I used Harvest Right freeze-dryer trays fitted with Frozen Right gridded grates, to avoid stickiness and damage to the apple fries during the freeze-drying process. Once all apple slices are on the trays, drizzle them with caramel. Make sure each apple slice gets a sufficient amount of caramel, and then place the trays in the freezer.

For the freeze-drying process, I used a Harvest Right large freeze dryer, although any home-use freeze dryer should work just as well. I set the drying temperature to 125°F, which is ideal for fruit. After around 40 hours, the freeze-drying process should be complete.

Once fully freeze-dried, you’ll have an amazing treat – crunchy caramel apple fries, perfect for the Halloween season or any time you feel like a unique, delicious snack!

Caramel Choice and Application

A delightful twist can be added to your freeze-dried apples this coming Halloween – drizzling caramel over them. As I experimented with my freeze dryer, I discovered that freeze-drying caramel changes its texture from chewy to crunchy.

To do this, I first sliced apples into small fry-like pieces using a potato slicer. I chose both Gala and Granny Smith apples to give a variety of flavors. To ensure the apple fries wouldn’t stick during the freeze-drying process, I used gritted grates that fit perfectly into my Harvest Right freeze dryer trays.

For the caramel, I opted for Smuckers caramel flavor topping, though you could also melt caramels if desired. I lightly drizzled the caramel over the apple fries, covering each piece without overloading them. Remember, the aim is for a light, crunchy coating.

After preparing each tray, I quickly placed them in the freezer to prevent the apples from browning due to air exposure. I then freeze-dried the apples at a drying temperature of 125 degrees, which I often use for fruit. Although the caramel may require a higher temperature, I decided to start with the usual fruit temperature to observe the results.

The freeze-drying cycle took slightly longer than expected at approximately 40 hours, but the end result was a delicious crunchy caramel-coated apple fry – a fantastic treat to enjoy this Halloween season.

Freezing and Fry Preparation

In this section, I will walk you through creating a delightful and unique treat for Halloween – freeze-dried caramel apple fries. I own a freeze-dried business in Idaho, and I love experimenting with new ideas and recipes. This process involves combining crunchy freeze-dried apples with a caramel topping, resulting in an amazing combination of taste and texture.

To create the caramel apple fries, I used a potato slicer to cut my apples (Gala and Granny Smith) into fry shapes. This gives them a fun, bite-sized appearance. The apple fries were then drizzled with caramel sauce before putting them in the freeze dryer. I used Smuckers caramel flavor topping for the caramel source.

Having freeze-dried both caramel and apples in the past, I know that caramel has an interesting reaction when freeze-dried – it changes its texture from chewy to crunchy. So combining freeze-dried apples with caramel should result in a delectable, crunchy bite that is perfect for the Halloween season.

Here’s a quick overview of the freezing and fry preparation process:

  • Cut the apples using a potato slicer to create apple fries.
  • Place the apple fries on freeze-dryer trays with grated grids to prevent sticking.
  • Drizzle the apple fries with caramel sauce, making sure to cover each piece.
  • Freeze the apple trays quickly to prevent browning and minimize freeze-drying time.

During the freeze-drying process, I set the temperature for drying fruit (125 degrees) rather than the temperature for drying candy (140 degrees) because the main ingredient is apples. The freeze-drying process took around 40 hours to complete in my Harvest Right large freeze dryer.

This unique and tasty treat will surely be a hit during the Halloween season, providing a fun and creative alternative to traditional candies. By combining the textures and tastes of freeze-dried apples and caramel, you now have a scrumptious snack perfect for seasonal celebrations. Enjoy!

Handling Apple Cores

When preparing freeze-dried apple treats, I find it convenient to use a potato slicer to convert the apples into bite-sized “fries.” The potato slicer makes the process quick and efficient while producing a perfect size and shape for snacking.

I start by slicing several apples, both Gala and Granny Smith, with the potato slicer. After removing the core pieces from the apple slices, I work promptly to prevent browning due to air exposure. I recommend slicing three or four apples at a time and then immediately transferring them to the freezer.

While laying the apple slices on the freeze dryer trays, I prefer to use grated grates that fit perfectly within the Harvest Right trays. This prevents the apple fries from sticking during the freezing and drying process.

To add flavor, I drizzle caramel over the apple slices before placing them in the freezer. In my experience, freeze-dried caramel becomes crunchy while retaining its taste, making it an excellent addition to the apple bites. I’ve tried using a pure caramel topping, like Smuckers caramel, which works well for this purpose.

When it comes to freeze-drying, I usually set the drying temperature at 125 degrees for fruits like apples. However, candy and caramel typically require a higher temperature, around 140 degrees. Therefore, I start the process at the fruit drying temperature and adjust as needed.

After completing the freeze-drying, I enjoy these crunchy, caramel-covered apple bites as a tasty snack, perfect for any occasion!

Granny Smith Apple Preparation

In this section, I’ll guide you through a fun and creative recipe using Granny Smith apples and caramel in your freeze dryer, perfect for the Halloween season!

First, I use a potato slicer to cut apples into bite-sized “fries” that are visually appealing. After slicing both Gala and Granny Smith apples, it’s time to drizzle caramel on top of them. For this recipe, I used Smuckers caramel flavor topping, though you can use any pure caramel topping. The caramel will transform from a chewy to a crunchy texture once freeze-dried, making it a great match for the apples.

Apple Slicing Technique

Using a fry slicer, cut the apples to create bite-sized apple fries. This nifty tool is not only easy to use but also makes more convenient bites than the traditional ring slicer. Be sure to remove any apple core pieces as they have a less appealing texture. Speed is key, as you’ll want to avoid letting the apples brown from exposure to air.

Caramel Drizzling

Once the apples are sliced, drizzle caramel over them. Be generous, but not excessive, as you want each apple fry to have some caramel without overwhelming the apple itself. Keep in mind, the caramel may create a bit of a mess, but it’s worth it for that delicious crunch!

Freeze Drying Process

For this recipe, I used the Harvest Right freeze dryer with special grids designed to prevent sticking during the freeze-drying process. Once the trays with caramel-drizzled apples are placed in the freeze dryer, I set the drying temperature to 125 degrees (the same as for other freeze-dried fruits). The caramel apples took around 40 hours to fully freeze-dry. After the process is complete, you’ll have delicious, crunchy caramel apple fries perfect for Halloween treats!

Freeze Drying Temperature

In my experimentation with freeze drying, I found that different temperatures work best for specific types of food. For fruits like apples, I prefer using a drying temperature of 125 degrees. This temperature helps preserve the natural flavors and ensures a good final texture.

While working on a Halloween recipe involving caramel-coated apple fries, I initially considered setting the freeze dryer to 140 degrees, as this is the temperature that seems to work well for candies and caramel. However, I ultimately decided to stick with the fruit drying temperature of 125 degrees. This decision was made to ensure that the apples maintained their natural texture, while still allowing the caramel to undergo its transformation from chewy to crunchy during the freeze-drying process.

Below are the key points to remember about freeze drying temperature:

  • For fruits, a drying temperature of 125 degrees is recommended
  • For candies and caramel, a higher temperature, around 140 degrees, may be suitable
  • Adjust the temperature based on the type of food you are freeze-drying and the desired final texture

In conclusion, it is essential to choose the right freeze drying temperature based on the types of food being dried and their desired textures. Using the appropriate temperature settings can greatly impact the final product’s quality, taste, and texture, ultimately ensuring a successful result for your freeze-drying endeavors.

Process of Freeze Drying

When experimenting with freeze drying different products, such as caramel apple fries, I start by preparing all of the necessary ingredients and equipment. In this case, I use a fry slicer to create fun, bite-sized apple fries, which are then laid out on my freeze dryer trays. Using freeze drying to preserve apples and other fruits is quite common, but a unique twist can be added by drizzling caramel over the apples before freeze drying.

I use both Gala and Granny Smith apples for a combination of flavors, but ensure to work quickly in order to prevent browning due to air exposure. Once the apples are sliced and coated in caramel, I place the trays in the freezer to prevent any further discoloration.

Before beginning the freeze drying process, it is important to note that caramel undergoes a significant texture change during freeze drying, becoming crunchy rather than chewy. This can provide an exciting contrast in combination with the freeze-dried apples.

Although candy and caramel products are typically freeze dried at 140°F, I freeze dry these caramel apple fries at the same temperature used for fruits, which is 125°F. After all of the trays are prepared and pre-frozen, they are ready for freeze drying.

With my Harvest Right freeze dryer, I complete the freeze drying process, which in this case took around 40 hours. Once the process is complete, the final result is a unique and tasty snack with a delightful texture combination of crunchy caramel and apples.

Final Product Analysis

I recently experimented with a fun and creative Halloween recipe idea – freeze-dried caramel apple fries. The process involved slicing apples into bite-sized pieces using a potato slicer and drizzling caramel over the top. Freeze drying the apples with caramel coating transformed their texture from chewy to crunchy, and I was curious to see the end result of this unique combination.

I prepared two batches of apples: one with caramel drizzled before freezing and another with caramel added just before freeze drying. Both Gala and Granny Smith apple varieties were used for this experiment, and I utilized my Harvest Right freeze dryer for the process.

The freeze drying cycle took around 40 hours, longer than I had initially anticipated. After completing the drying process, I inspected the final product:

  • Apple Slices: The potato slicer produced the perfect bite-sized pieces that offered a unique texture compared to traditional apple rings. The freeze-dried apples maintained their shape, and the grid inserts helped prevent any sticking.
  • Caramel Coating: The freeze-dried caramel had a crunchy texture, and the appearance with the apples was visually appealing. Interestingly, the two batches had slightly different outcomes. The batch with pre-freeze caramel drizzling had a more even coating, while the one with caramel added just before freeze drying had a thicker, more irregular layer.

While I freeze-dried the apples at 125 degrees, considering that candy and caramel typically require a temperature of 140 degrees, the final product was nonetheless satisfactory. Overall, these freeze-dried caramel apple fries made for a delightful seasonal treat, offering a combination of delightful flavors and textures.


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  1. Hi I’m trying to decide if I should start a freeze dry company. I have watched a bunch of your YouTube videos and feeling like I can. Do this. I haven’t bought a freeze dryer yet. I’m looking at the harvest right medium machine. My husband had a massive stroke and I need to get Income coming in but need to work from home so I can care for him. About how much monthly income do you think I could make with just one machine and doing it almost full time. I have two teen kids at home that could help also. Any info you can offer I would appreciate

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