Apples will store in your crisper drawer in the fridge for a month without dehydrating. I think I may have some older ones in there as well. Here is a great way to preserve them. It also works well for your kids to eat them as snacks in smaller quantities. Zahira has the following easy tips for making apple chips. These make wonderful sweet snacks.
Amy Hetager, CSA Blogger
4 apples sliced very thin
sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar
Place on a baking sheet with a little cooking spray
Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 2-4 hours