Dehydrating my own food is not something that ever crossed my mind. Living in London with a supermarket on every street corner, a matchbox sized garden and no home grown veg to speak of, why bother?
But with the popularity of snacks like kale crisps, which are such a tasty and healthy alternative to regular crisps, I wanted to have a go at making them myself while hopefully saving some money. If you've ever bought Kale crisps you'll know how costly they can be.
Since my first batch of home-made kale crisps made in the oven failed miserably, I decided to give the dehydrator a go.
It came with no instructions whatsoever. Just a round plastic machine with lots of stackable trays and some dials on the front. Rather than blindly fill it up with vegetables, I needed instructions and recipes. This led me to investing in a wonderful book which got me completely hooked on dehydrating… for about 6 months. The novelty has worn off a bit since my initial enthusiasm, but I still use it from time to time and the results are well worth the effort.
I’m a snacker. I have to know I have something to crunch on, nearby, when the need arises. So making kale crisps seemed like a good place to start.
|Start with freshly washed kale|
Next decide what flavour you want your kale crisps to be. Fortunately there are tons of recipes online. Just search for 'kale crisps recipes' and take your pick.
|Pile the prepared kale into the dehydrator|
|Leave the dehydrator to do its stuff|
|Take off the lid to see what's happened|
|Store the kale crisps in glass jars|
|Carrots and Apple Slices (with cinnamon) Dehydrating|
|Dehydrated Carrots (what's left of them!)|
|Dehydrating Banana Chips|
If you do like vegetable crisps, I’d really recommend having a go. They’re healthy, low calorie and so much cheaper than shop bought. Dehydrating on a low temperature means nutrients are preserved and you can bring your dehydrated veg back to life again simply by cooking them.
|Kale crisps, banana chips, apple crisps and carrot crisps|
Also shown below is my dehydrating machine. They're quite big, well they are if you have a small kitchen, so I have to store mine on top of a cupboard. It's easy to clean, simple to use, and doesn't cost much.
|The dehydrator cookbook I used for help and inspiration|
|My dehydrating machine|
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