dehydrated veggie chips -- can they be that difficult?
As one who's far too often in the leap-before-you-look camp, I am turning to my chow pals to help avert disaster and/or pave the way to success.
If a gal had a dehydrator, are those dehydrated veggie chips/crisps difficult to make?
And if not, any suggestions for even more uppity/delicious toppings/coatings to make them even more irresistible?
Thanks either way!
I'm in a really dry, sunny climate and am going to experiment with solar dehydrators, so electricity won't be an issue.
Do you have any favorite recipes? Or rules of thumb on how long to dehydrate? Or is it more a matter of trial and error?
ETA: here's a site with info on solar cooking/drying, etc. http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/...
Do dehydrators us "a lot of electricity"? Depends on what you consider a lot. At full power the Nesco and L'equip dehydrators are rated around 500 watts. It depends on where you live, but the typical cost of a kilowatt-hour of electricity is about 10 cents. Running a dehydrator for 24 hours at the max setting will cost you about $1.20.
I've successfully made 'chips' from the necks of butternut squash, sliced thin with a vegetable peeler and tossed with olive oil and a little salt. I have no idea how they would store for long term use though - my husband inhales them and they're gone before the pan is cold. (I'll admit that I eat them as fast as I can as well.)
They sell these about $3.99 for 4 oz. and I LOVE them, but I inhale them so I have to stifle the urge to buy them... I love the green beans, the hunks of squash and the ones with the speckles (taro??). These list salt, oil and veg (not sure about the order) and they are called 'Dried Veggie Mix'.
I have fantasies that I can do them in a low, slow oven but...I would need the dehydrator I'm sure...
No they are not. But it really matters what kind of dehydrator you have. You really need something with a little size to it, like an Excalibur. The round stackable ones aren't worth s_it.
Here's a quick easy recipe for Kale Chips. You'll this whole recipe in one day. 4 heads of Kale. Heads broken up, but leaves kept whole. Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Nama Shou, Wheat Free Tamari, or Soy Sauce. Rub into kale. Lay on the dehydrator shelves that have a teflex sheet. Dehydrate over night. They'll be ready in the AM.
Hope this helps, JJH