Each year the same question: What to do with the load of apples your precious trees produce? You cannot do more than a certain amount of apple cakes and the space in the freezer is also needed for other stuff. One can make cider (as I do) if there is a place near where one can have the apples pressed, but the best ciders are not made from sweet and tasty garden apples, but rather more tart and bitter wild apples. My solution is to produce dried apple rings. To do this efficiently two pieces of equipment is of great help: an apple lathe and an electrical drier. I’m not sure how well known these gadgets are so here is a short, illustrated description of the process:
The apple lathe one of my favourite utensils and it is the key to speeding up the process. It peels, removes the core and cuts the remains of the apple in a thin spiral in one single action, just by turning the crank, so the only thing you need to do then, to get apple rings is to cut through the spiral.
Then I put the rings on the mesh bottoms of the shelves in the drier and set the temperature to about 45 C/115 F and the timer to 8 hours, normally letting it run over the night, and my dried apple rings are ready to be packed in a glass container to be used as/instead of candy.
These rings are hugely popular among the friends of my daughter, so quite an amount of batches need to be produced each year.
PS. BTW, I'm curious who owns (and uses) an apple lathe?