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kale chips without a dehydrator?

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  • noya Apr 18, 2012 06:50 PM
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I have pledged not to buy any more $8 boxes of cheesy vegan raw kale chips. I tried making them at home tonight, and while the sauce was spot on, I couldn't quite figure out the oven temp. The boxed kale chips are dehydrated--any way to replicate taste and texture without purchasing another kitchen accessory? Thanks!!

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  1. I did them in the oven before I got a dehydrator but honestly don't remember the temp, I had Googled for a recipe. I do think they turn out better in a dehyrator, though- no burn risk.

    May I ask what's in your sauce?

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    1. re: weezieduzzit

      soaked cashews, a red pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon juice

    2. just set your oven to the lowest possible temp. dehydrators can run anywhere from 100-150 degrees, but most ovens can't be set at anything lower than around 170 so you'll just need to pull them out a little earlier.

      1. I just do 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Light and crisp.

        1. personally, i do em at 300 F. and just watch em til they're done to my liking. be sure to spread them in a single layer to promote maximum uniform crispness.

          1. Jacques Pepin did them on one of his shows at 225F for, I believe, 18-20 mins. He had them on a rack on top of the sheet pan. Haven't tried it yet, but it's something I want to try.

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            1. re: Terrie H.

              I've done it with Pepin's timing and temperature on the rack and they get nice and crisp. It's 225F for 20-25 minutes.

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                Thanks, Caitlin!

            2. Sauce? I just spritz the leaves with olive oil and sprinkle with cayenne, sea salt or whatever else catches my fancy. Chili powder is a favorite actually.

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              1. re: Heatherb

                ya. if you haven't tried the cheesy vegan version, you haven't lived ;-)

              2. I'm not familiar with the cheesy kale chips (they sound delicious, though not very vegan, lol), but I love this recipe from epicurious for kale chips: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                ~TDQ

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                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Oh, the commercial kale chips are "raw" (dehydrated) and vegan, with flavorings essentially meant to mimic Doritos (which is why they're addictive), so "cheese" and "ranch" and so on. Nutritional yeast is the key ingredient. It sounds as if noya's trying to recreate these (or another similar brand): http://shop.kaiafoods.com/ProductDeta...

                  A friend used to work for that company, and gave me a bunch of bags to sample. People mail-order them by the case, they can't get enough even at the high price, she said. Basically, it's raw vegan junk food (though far more healthful than what it's standing in for!).

                2. I do Pepein's recipe. Trimmed. Tossed with good salt and olive oil. Onto a rack and into a 225 oven for 20-25 minutes. Simple. Delicious.

                  1. I've never even heard of making them with a dehydrator. All the recipes I have are for making them in the oven.

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                    1. re: Bacardi1

                      again, if you haven't tried the dehydrated version, you haven't lived ;-)

                    2. Low oven would work. Or I have a dehydrator with lots of trays I would gladly sell you :) Really never makes it out of the closet...

                      1. I also have found the low temp 250 for about 40 minutes to be far superior to the high temp. Also try adding just a small amount of fresh lemon juice when coating with the olive oil and really light on the seasoned salt...it's delicious