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Old 03-21-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Crackers/chips....

I do miss potato chips...so it has been important to me to find an alternate item to fill that void.
...but I didn't want it to be "empty nutrition"...because the path that those items took me down, only yielded pounds creeping back on!
I saw the Youtube video of the krazy kracker lady and decided to give it a try.
The recipe is so forgiving and so willing to personalization!!!
My 2 main tools were my Ninja(1500 watts) and my dehydrator...I think the oven might take a LOT longer.
The attachment(click to enlarge)has the following items in them:
onion
red pepper
cucumber
zucchini
celery
water
chia
flax(both ground and whole)
salt(optional)

They have the CRUNCH of a potato chip...and the YUM of flavor.
You can add/subtract any item you want.

The surprise I had this morning was that I had more than would fit on my 4 trays of the dehydrator, so I put it in the frig and decided to finish using it after the first batch was complete.
The quality of the mix this morning was SO MUCH BETTER than it was last night! The chia had absorbed some of the liquid and made it NOT RUNNY at the edges

They are an eating chip, not really a dipping chip....but that was what I was looking for
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:11 AM   #2
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Oooo, those look yummy! Can you detail the process you used and approximate quantities?
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:20 AM   #3
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Wow those look yummy!!!!So I hate to ask questions but I have some. Are you grinding these different foods then mixing them together?

Are you smearing this on your solid tray of your dehydrator? There are so many possibilities here.
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I toss all veggies into the food processor with the water....power it on till they reach the pulpiness(make sure there aren't any lumps)...for my Ninja(large container)that was about 2 to3 min.
Then poured it into a bowl, added about 1/4 c ground golden flax, 2Tbsp of Not Ground Flax(golden)and 4Tbsp whole chia.
Let sit on the counter for 5 minutes or so, then used about 1.5 tea. dollups onto the parchment paper(hand cut to match my circular dehydrator tray)and added to the dehydrator as each try was full.
But like I mentioned...the part of the batch that I put in the frig over night "behaved" SO MUCH BETTER...because the chia has 'sucked up' all the extra liquid and so when I dolloped them onto the parchment paper this am, there wasn't the usual 'puddle' of liquid around each cracker. So, I will do it that way from now on

onion100grams
red pepper200grams
cucumber200grsams
zucchini200grams
celery150grams
water8oz
chia4TBS
flax(both ground1/4cup and whole2TBS)
salt(optional)

You can add/subtract any veggie that you like...garlic, tomato, jalapeno, etc.
You must give them a good 12 hours in the dehydrator.
When I wake up in the morning, I pick them off the parchment paper and give them a couple more hours on just the plain rack of my round dehydrator....would love to have one of those LOVELY square ones...but my "retired budget" says this one will have to do...AND IT DOES

I just realized that in my avatar, you can see my white dehydrator in the background.

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Old 03-21-2014, 01:02 PM   #5
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Thanks I'm gathering how you did this. I think I will put it in the fridge after I mix it together. Then do them the next day.

I'm allergic to flax so I think I will try 4T. of ground and 4 T.of whole chia.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:52 PM   #6
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Sounds fantastic...and healthy! I am going to try.
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Geez. Another gadget to buy. Will be shopping for a dehydrator next week. LOL!

They look fantastic!
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:44 PM   #8
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Esther, have you had an opportunity to give them a try?
My dehydrator is running right now.
I tried a little different process this time...used zucchini in place of cucumber.
I processed everything in the big Ninja...I could see tiny pulverized veggies...but whole seeds...Flax and Chia.
Then I poured enough of that mixture into the next container size (like that of a Nutri Bullet)...and blended it until I couldn't see any seeds! (repeat for the remainder of the veggie mix)
Then poured that mixture in a glass container to store in the frig overnight.
Next day....when I scooped them out onto the parchment paper on the dehydrator they behaved perfectly, didn't run/puddle.
I gave the tray a 'sound' whack on the counter to flatten them...worked perfectly!

I do enjoy the different flavors that you can get with this process. I was becoming tired of eating zucchini chips in place of potato chips.
This has become a favorite for me.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:11 AM   #9
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I am putting mine together today and making the chips tomorrow. I'm going to grind my chia before putting the veggies together.
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Wow! This is great, and so healthy for you!
I may try these eventually I miss crackers with my cheese.
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I've got 3 recipes you ought to try sometime already posted here. They're the closest thing to chips I've come up with to date.

"Potato" Chips

BBQ "Potato" Chips

Nacho Cheese "Corn Chips"
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Peggy, I have tried the Jicama chip before...in the dehydrator...and it would never dry out enough to crunch like the zucchini did....and then when I dried it too long, it was like trying to bite into a rock!! So I gave up on the Jicama as a chip and just used the zucchini chips when I was snack hungry.

I hadn't tried to fry the Jicama like a potato...that is how I fry potatoes for My Loving Spouse who is not LC.

So I might have to take a second look at that one. I have 2 Jicama sitting on the counter right now. I do enjoy them just plain sliced...so crunchy/yummy
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Peggy, another thought....
When I fry potatoes for My Loving Spouse, I use a blend of Olive Oil and butter. The only other oil I keep in my kitchen(besides bacon fat) is Coconut Oil.
You used Peanut Oil in your recipes...is that because of the higher smoke temp?
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Thanks Galveton Gal - I made these overnight - nice snack! I pretty much followed your recipe except didn't have zucchni so substituted mushrooms. I also added in some garlic powder. I also did not grind up the seeds since we like seeds in chips and crackers.

I mixed up the stuff in the morning and let the mixture set up in the fridge all day. I put the chips in the dehydrator about 11:30 pm. I set the Excalibur at 115 degrees (raw foodies suggest dehydrating under 118 to maintain nutrients) - they were finished by 9 a.m.

I made them too thin - they are a nice crunch but very fragile. The first tray, I tried to spread out the batter- too much work, and too hard to get it even. So next I tried your "whack the tray" method and it worked great! Unfortunately, I whacked too many times and got them too thin. I was aiming for 1/16" thickness but didn't account for all the moisture dehydrating out, so they are pretty much see-through. Next time I'll only whack once or twice and keep them around 1/8". I got more than 100 chips out of the batch.

Also, I'd caution on adding salt - the dehydrating process concentrates flavors. I put 1/2 tsp in the whole batch, but it's a little too much, so next time I'll only add about 1/4 tsp. The veggie taste is really nice.

I'll definitely be making these again. I make beef jerky pretty often and my dehydrator is never full when I run it for the jerky. I always worry about flavors permeating other foods - but with these chips, the jerky and chips would really go well together. So, I'll have a good snack and save some electricity $$$ too!

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These look so good! I'm going to have to get a dehydrator. I've been looking at the various Excalibur's. Is that the one you are using? Which model would you recommend?
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You can't go wrong with any of the Excalibers IMHO. I have the 9 tray model. Love it. Right now there is a batch of yogurt in there per Larry's instructions on this forum!

I wondered if I'd want the one with the shut-off timer but opted not to spend the extra $$ for that feature. I've found that you can't count on a set time anyway - you need to check things, rearrange if needed, and judge when they are done. So I'm just as glad I didn't get that!
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I agree with Charski - I think the timer is a waste. I have the 9-tray Excalibur, too. One of my best kitchen investments ever!
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I have an old dehydrator,, I think called harvest? I wonder if it would work? I would like to try these.. HOw long do they keep? do you store them at room temp?
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Peggy, another thought....
You used Peanut Oil in your recipes...is that because of the higher smoke temp?
Actually, it was because my husband had brought a big bottle of it home from Sam's when I had asked for the big bottle of olive oil. :{. I just wanted to use it up. I usually use palm shortening for deep frying like this. It has a high temp tolerance and is supposed to be real good for you. I bought a huge tub of the white palm shortening from Tropical Traditions last year and really like frying with it. Seems to keep well, too.
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Brendajm - any dehydrator will work! The Excaliburs are just super-easy and usually quicker because of the way the machine circulates air inside the dehydrator. I stored mine in an airtight plastic canister. I can't say how long they would last, since the ones I made mysteriously disappeared in a day and a half lol.
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No Dehydrator -- Oven?

I saw on the first post that an oven could be used. Can you give me some info on how to make these in the oven? They sound sooooo good.
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I have not tried them in the oven...it would seem that it might take a long time...because the dehydrator isn't really getting hot enough to "bake" the cracker/chip...just warm enough with circulating air continuously... to dry the moisture from each chip.

If you try it, let us know if it works. My Nesco American Harvest dehydrator is set at 115 degrees...and it takes usually 12 hours to process.

Maybe a convection type oven would work?
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I made these yesterday and they are delicious. I followed the recipe with a few changes. I used mixed sweet peppers, jalape˝o, onion and garlic powder, and 1/2 cup water. Threw it all in ninja and pulverized. I poured it out on the 4 fruit roll trays ( sprayed with Pam) that came with my dehydrator. At 6 hours I took them off the fruit roll trays, flipped over, and put them on the regular trays for 6 more hours.

I'm so excited about this recipe and the possibilities. Thank you so much Galveston gal.
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I'm so excited about this recipe and the possibilities........
Isn't it amazing the possibilities?!!!!
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I think I got my dear old dehydrator about 25 years ago and it still makes our beef jerky just fine.

I've been following this thread, anxious to make these crackers, and just realized I only have 1 fruit roll tray.

Do I need to get out my scissors and cut parchment paper to make these without a fruit roll tray?
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Isn't it amazing the possibilities?!!!!

Yes. I've been online looking at all the other ideas. Lol. Did you see the other recipe thread on dehydrator chivvy cheese chips? They were so good but I could not get them to come out right every time. After you posted this recipe it made me want to try that one again.
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I just saw that recipe for the first time today...I think I will have to take a look at that one again. Sounds very interesting.
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Do I need to get out my scissors and cut parchment paper to make these without a fruit roll tray?
YES !
Very Worth the extra step...
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Very Worth the extra step...
Will do - thank you!
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Just finished weighing/packaging my veggie chips...getting ready for summer motor adventures.
I find spending the extra time with weighing/packaging gives me better portion control...sadly, I will need to keep an eye on that habit a little longer till it becomes part of my 'automatic internal process with food'....
...well that is my goal anyway!!

On some of the chips it looks like ridges...can you say "Ruffles have Ridges"...
When the crackers dehydrate, sometimes the parchment paper puckers and makes the chip have ridges! Still yummy!
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