Before I started my Raw Challenge I borrowed two crucial appliances from friends — a juicer and a dehydrator. I had never used either one before, so this was my chance to try something new!
So far I’ve used the dehydrator three times. One experience was a total flop, one was hugely successful, and the other…we’ll see in another 12 hours.
Dehydrating requires planning ahead as well as patience. You have to think, “Hmmm, I may want dried apples in two days” instead of opening the pantry door to see what looks good at the moment. I’m a fairly good planner, but patience is not my forte.
I’ve learned that there are different kinds of dehydrators. Dehydrating raw veggie burgers and crackers does not work well on the round dehydrator that I’m borrowing as it has plastic baskets instead of Teflex sheets. But a little parchment paper to line the baskets works fairly well if you don’t mind spending time measuring, tracing, and then cutting out five large circles. Again, the patience thing.
My first experience with the dehydrator was inspired by Aubree Cherie of Living Free. She made Raw Crispy Sweet Potato Chips and raved about them. After reading her post and looking at her delicious pictures, I just had to give them a try. Aubree used a mandolin slicer to slice her sweet potatoes. I don’t own a mandolin slicer, and there was no way I was going to attempt to chop thin slices of sweet potatoes by hand. So, in my impatience to start the process, I shot the sweet potatoes through the chute of the food processor. When I saw the result, I figured that my “chips” would just be a little smaller. After dehydrating them I realized that I hadn’t thought about the shrinkage factor. These would be mini-chips.
Okay, so look at my finished sweet potato “chips”.
Now go and look at Aubree’s. Go ahead…I’ll still be here.
Big difference! Apparently, patience has its benefits. In hindsight, slicing a sweet potato by hand would have been much better than making 5 trays of tooth-breaking sweet potato chunks.
So I’m not sharing a recipe today, but I highly recommend that you try Aubree’s recipe, because food that looks like that must taste amazing!
But I’m not giving up. I may not be patient, but I’m very determined. We will have sweet potato chips yet!