I do wonder though, if it would work out any cheaper...?
I haven't looked into the price of dried fruit but if dried apples are $22/kilo and whole apples are $4/kilo (which is about what I see at PnS), then it might be more cost effective just to buy it.
Apples are mostly water. While $22/kg vs $4/kg seems horrendous, remember that you'll fit FAR more apples into a kg of dried apples than whole ones. If you buy $22 worth of whole apples and dehdrate them would you get an entire kilogram? Maybe not.
Something I read online said apples are 80% water. So if you buy 5 kg of whole apples to dehydrate down to 1kg of dried apple, you're paying about the same price, and you didn't have to buy the machine.
Check into it before buying - make a price comparison based on 1/5th of the weight of whole apples, not kg for kg directly.
Deb, in New Zealand