Adventures in Dehydrating Part 2

It’s been a while since I posted a dehydrator recipe but I’ve been doing a lot with it but what I make doesn’t seem like I’ve created real recipes. I like to wait until I have a few good ones to show you. I want to continue to post things I’ve been making in case any of you are using your dehydrator as frequently as I am and need a little inspiration to get you out of the much loved kale chip rut. Here’s what I’ve been experimenting with:

Sweet Potato Chips (for humans)

These were actually way better than I expected however, they are time consuming to make if you don’t have a mandoline. If you do have a mandoline, you just want to slice up one large or a few small sweet potatoes on a very thin setting. If you don’t have a mandoline, take the time with a very sharp knife and cut the chips and thin as possible. Add potatoes to a bowl and coat with olive oil and sea salt. Use your hands to gently work in oil and salt into each chip, the oil is what makes these crisp up. Dehydrate at 160F for 8 hrs.

Eat as soon as possible, the longer you keep them in a sealed container they become chewier and loose their crunch.

Apple Chips

You can make apple chips for you or your dogs. I originally made some for the pooches but taste tested as I was going. Apple chips are a great thing to throw into homemade trail mix, or chop them up and add to quick oats and dried cranberries to make your own version of instant oatmeal. I tried to make them with three types of apples. Golden delicious, Granny Smith and Red Delicious. The granny smith was my favorite because it sweetened up and seemed to have the most flavour. I left the peel on the apples, but that is optional. Simply slice apples into a width of somewhere between 1/8″-1/4″ pieces and dehydrate at 130F for about 8 hours. They turn a little brown but don’t get super crispy.

Chewy Sweet Potato Flax Treats (for dogs)

I have to admit these were kind of messy but the dogs really dug them. I washed and cut my sweet potatoes into 1/4″ pieces, placed them in a bowl and added 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of oil. Using your hands really coat the sweet potatoes well making sure each piece is covered. Sprinkle with flax seeds and toss again then lay them on the tray and dehydrate at 140F for about 10-12 hours.

They shouldn’t be crispy and the peanut butter doesn’t absorb fully into the snacks, so they have a peanut butter coating to them that gets on your fingers. I stored them in a yoghurt container in the fridge for about 2 weeks. I also tried this by mixing the peanut butter, oil and flax separately and painting it on top of each slice of potato which is less messy to prepare but still messy to serve to the dogs.

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