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08-04-2006, 06:18 PM
hello, raw board...i was wondering if anyone could pls help the dehydrater-challanged make some crisp, crunchy zucchini chips?...do you soak them in salt water?...how thick or thin do you make the slices?..how long do you dehydrate them?...do you put them on the fruit leather sheets or just straight on the mesh?...thanks in advanced for your assistance?... :p
08-04-2006, 08:33 PM
Whenever I've made them I'd slice thin using my spiral slicer, marinated/tossed in olive oil and seasonings (Italian) and a little sea salt. I dried them on the fruit roll tray/parchment/teflex rather than directly on the mesh tray so they will not shrivel up to nothing. I can't recall how long I dried them as it was a while ago since I've made them. But they were light and crispy. If you wanted a heavier chip, then maybe slice a little thicker.
I have a picture of some from a one-on-one class I did...they went over well with my student and we had them with Alissa's Onion Dip.
I'll post the pic in a bit...
08-05-2006, 10:54 AM
how thick do you slice them?....or is it an automatic size on the slicer?...
08-05-2006, 12:04 PM
With the spiral slicer they are super thin, so the thinner, the crispier, the thicker, the less crispy...
08-05-2006, 12:12 PM
If you want to wait a day I've got some in the dehydrator now. I've got thin ones and thick ones and marinated ones and non marinated.. didn't use oil for the marinade though. I can let you know how they come out!
08-05-2006, 04:04 PM
thanks for all your help...i will toss them in oil and seasonings...do some thick and some thin...im so excited...my first time.,..it doesn't take much to make me happy... :D
08-05-2006, 05:49 PM
mel, sounds like you are having fun with your new dehydrator. :)
What happened to your beautiful avatar photo? :confused:
08-05-2006, 06:40 PM
i am a differnet mel...madmel is who i think you're looking for...and her new avatar is beautiful..more proof this can work for you :p...have a great evening...
08-05-2006, 07:08 PM
Mel, yes experimenting is best and it's good you did some thin, some thick, etc. so you can see what works best.
Here is the picture I promised!
08-05-2006, 07:17 PM
LOL... mel123, sorry about that DUH! LOL, yes I meant madmel. Sorry I got you mixed up for a minute... :o
rawkinlocs, those pics are great! The zucchini chips look really good, and the onion dip is the perfect combo. Is that the onion dip in the photo? mmmmm...
It's so funny though, I told my daughter to come and look at the photos, and I asked her which chips looked the best... She said... ummm, just the carrots... LOL!! Kids, gotta love 'em.
08-05-2006, 07:20 PM
Yep, that's Alissa's Onion Dip (made with cashews instead of macs and I pulse chopped in some green onions). Thanks for the compiment on the pics! It went really well together...I love that dip but haven't made it in a while because I made it so often I got tired of it. I think I will revisit it!
That's cute what your daughter said! It's good that she said carrots! :)
08-06-2006, 07:40 AM
Alright.. my results as promised. I cut most of my zuchinni and summer squash in the food processor, so I had thicker slices, but not super thick. I dehydrated for 24 hours after tossing them in Namu Soya only. I dehydrated them directly on the rack. The thin ones did get too thin, the thicker ones are about perfect and quite crispy. I dehydrated at 110 degrees ish.. I put the temp control between 105 and 115, probubly a bit closer to 105 than 115.
They are great!
08-06-2006, 11:28 AM
Jinx, thanks for sharing your results!
That's great you were able to get them crispy. mmmmm...
What... no pics?? LOL, just kidding... :D I think I'm addicted to the food pics on this board... :p
08-06-2006, 11:32 AM
Mel123, I enjoyed your comments as I also get so excited with little things like dehydrating for the first time, etc. I haven't gotten a dehydrator yet, so I can only imagine what fun it's going to be!
08-07-2006, 02:16 PM
Nope, no pics. I ate them too fast. I didn't make many as I wasn't sure. They went very well with Alissa's spinach dip.. Ymmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Yellow Squash makes a good chip too!
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