Your response to my dear Little Sis when she was in a pickle over how to make easy, healthful pickles inspires me to share not my latest great idea or great find but my latest flop. Or perhaps I should say floppy.
I do love crispy, salty things. As does my 11 year old who feels unjustly deprived by the lack of Doritos in this house. So in trying to appease both of us I have attempted kale chips with mixed success and decided to branch out into have a go at some other veggie chips. The experiment also afforded me the opportunity to try another dehydrator recipe in the oven. Little Sis received a dehydrator as a gift but is wondering whether the counter space for the thing is well spent. What if you can do it all in the oven? I had good success with the Raw Nut loaf in the oven!….. maybe other things will work as well?
Don’t return that dehydrator just yet Little Sis!
I started by using my Mandoline to slice some zucchini, and what the heck, some beets, into very thin slices. I placed them in a bowl and tossed them in a little olive oil, vinegar and salt. I gently and lovingly laid those soon to be delectable, crunchy, PMS soothing, delights out on a parchment covered baking tray and popped them into my oven on the lowest setting possible, which in my case is 170 degrees. I checked them periodically and after about an hour when they started to look a bit wrinkled and flat I flipped them over. This is what the undersides looked like..
I was getting a little excited.
A bit later I tried one. Still a bit chewy. Put them back in.
Finally, after another 20 minutes or so, I tasted one and it was crispy and delicious! I ate a bunch of them right then and there warm out of the oven. Had I eaten them all right away that would have been the end of the story. I would now be humbly telling you how brilliant I am.
Enter ego check complete with blowing whistle sound.
About an hour later I came back for more yummy, crispy veggie chips. They had been sitting on a plate cooling and they were floppy. My son had no interest. I ate some more determined to make nutritional use of my time , but they were nothing I’d write home about… or blog about!
So I placed them outside on the metal baking tray in the hot sun. Still floppy.
Okay, so I’d love to hear from those of you who have successfully used your ovens in place of a dehydrator and how you and what you did!
A few points about my attempt. It is possible that I used too much oil and vinegar, except that the chips were briefly crispy!
My house is currently air conditioned against the 100+ degrees temps we are enduring, so relatively dry.
I probably should have dried them on a rack not a plate – but the difference in crispiness was rather stark!
And last but not least, the experiment was not in vain as I did get a handful of delicious warm and crispy chips plus this incredible piece of parchment paper artwork. Next time I will lay out the chips in a more artistic fashion!
Please share your deeds of dessication!