So, we used our oven at the lowest setting to do some apple slices and some grapes. That didn't freak me out as much! ;) The dried apples were so yummy, that we're going to try again, this time by cutting the apples into rings. This is about the easiest thing you could do for a project on Early America.
Cut apples in eighths (we tried smaller, and it would be better thicker) or core the apple and cut into rings. Put into 170-degree oven for 3-6 hours. After 3, then hourly, squeeze the apples. If your fingers are moist, continue baking.
We used the same process for raisins. I didn't like the raisins, but DH and the girls did. These were delicious, and very healthy. It's nice to have a quick snack too.