Class guest: "I have a dehydrator"
Me: "Oh really, do you love it?"
Guest: "I don't really ever use it... I got it at CanadianTire/Walmart. It's that circular one and really hard to use. It's not great".
Me: "Well that explains it! You got the wrong one!"
'Tis the season to be dehydrating and you best be getting the right one if you're going to be doing this. Those el cheapo circular ones aren't going to cut it. Stuff sticks to it, the air doesn't distribute properly and you are more likely to end up with mushy food or worse- mouldy!
With everything now available aplenty at the market- from tomatoes to herbs to kale to zucchini and so much fruit, dehydrating is my very favourite way to preserve the goodness.
So what dehydrator do I recommend? This one. The Excalibur and I have been long time friends. I started with a four tray- which was cute and then upgraded to the 9-tray which is awesome. The 5-tray is a perfect compromise.
Beyond just preserving the season's best, I recently crafted up two super powered amazing recipes that you MUST try and will love- here is the first.
The creation was inspired by my dear friend Ricki of Diets, Desserts and Dogs when she tweeted about them. I had never considered the wonder of zucchini chips before and these green crisps were crispy, crunchy chip-like goodness.
Yield: Serves 6-8
- 4 zucchinis
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1½ tsp sea salt
- Use a mandolin or vegetable peeler to peel zucchini into thin slices
- Toss with olive oil and sea salt
- Lay out on non-stick dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 hours or until crispy
- Store in an airtight container
They are definitely not going to be taking the place of kale chips, but they are a very welcome addition to the vegetable chip family.
That kale chip family includes all of these favourites:
- Spicy Nacho Cheeseless Kale Chips
- Macro-Japan Kale Chips
- Spicy Thai Ginger Kale Chips
- Sour Cream and Onion Free Kale Chips
- Dill Pickle Kale Chips
Question Of The Day: What is the appliance that gathers the most dust in your kitchen?