apple drying rack

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Project by soapmaker posted 10-20-2013 01:39 PM 7472 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Very utilitarian project that has served me well for a few years now. I like drying apples and I wanted to be able to dry a good many at a time without taking up all available space on the porch. The screens just slip into the notches, layout apples one screen at a time and add to rack from the bottom up. Small footprint for six screens of apples.

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 01:42 PM

Great build. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 01:49 PM

That is cool. I never even thought of this. How long, and what is the best temperature to dry an apple?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 02:09 PM

I’m unsure of the “best” temperature, but during summer days in the south, about a day and a half gives dryed good for snacking but to keep longer two to three depending on sunshine. I’ve still got a couple bags in the cabinet from a few seasons back. thanks guys

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 02:21 PM

Very interesting, Great idea…. Enjoy those tastey treats.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 05:28 PM

Great space saving project.

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 05:38 PM

Good thinking great job and very useful too.

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#7 posted 10-21-2013 12:00 AM

Nicely done and very useful. Have you thought about building a solar oven to put the racks into? We get a lot of bananas from our land and have to preserve them somehow. I was just looking at plans for a solar oven that you load up with racks similar to this.

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 03:00 PM

What kind of screen is used for the frames? Nice project!

-- Dennis, WV

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#9 posted 10-23-2013 09:08 PM

Nice racks. I am surprised that the racks don’t sag/slide forward ; looks like there is something on the upper lip of each slot in picture 2. What is it ? Some rubber to add friction ? Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#10 posted 10-24-2013 12:22 AM

So you slice the apples first and put the slices on the racks ? Is that how this works? Nothing else to do with or add on the apples? I always wondered how to produce good dried fruits. The rack is beautiful. Simple but functional.

-- Yves

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#11 posted 10-24-2013 01:04 AM

Francois- After your comment I went back and studied the picture and your right it sure looks like something is on the top of each slot, but contrary to appearancess (maybe its a shadow) there is nothing in the slots. Technically I think they are sagging but thats how they hold. I cut a test slot the size I wanted and then inserted a piece of the frame, checked how much it sagged then adjusted the angle of the slots until it lined up square.

yrob-simple and functional was my exact goal, sliced apples on racks in a warm environment is all it takes. I’ve seen apple slices layed out on towels in the sun by the oldtimers. if you cook dried fruit with water, spices and sweetener, you get pies all year round. Thats how it was done before we could buy imported apples or pie filling whenever you liked.

dennis- Just aluminum window screen

Thanks all

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