Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Money Free Week Day 2 - More Dehydrator Fun

Day 6 money spent - $0
Flylady Day 4 - doing OK and my sink is still shiny

Zucchini and Apples
(not together)

Before my money free week started, I picked up some zucchini on sale. Inspired by Sheri over at Green and Crunchy, I decided to dry them and make zucchini chips. (I'm really enjoying my dehydrator and have no idea why it was in the garage for so long)

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I couldn't decide which seasonings to put on the zucchini so I tried several different seasonings. Clockwise from the top- taco seasoning, nothing, sodium free Mrs. Dash, Johnny's seasoning salt, and garlic salt (I was pretty light on the ones that involved salt). My favorite seasoning were the garlic salt and seasoning salt. I think because they taste more like potato chips. The chips were great plain but even better with a tiny bit of ranch on them.

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Since I had half a zucchini left that didn't fit in the dehydrator, I sliced it up and cooked it with a little olive oil and some spices (Really yummy). I think I'm going to have to add zucchini to our menu more often.

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And apples! And more apples! The results of dehydrating a big bag of apples picked up in bulk. I actually should have a couple more jars of apples in this picture but it took me a few days to dehydrate all of them and I wiped out a couple jars while I was waiting.

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  1. Thanks for the shout-out! Your zucchini chips look great -- the garlic ones are my favorite too :)

    Those are SOME apples! WOW! Your dehydrator must have been running non stop for days -- you've got lots of good snackin' ahead of you :)

  2. I'm really loving the apples and since I like them really dry and chip like I usually just put them in before bed and wake up to dehydrated apples in the morning. I soak them in pineapple juice before dehydrating and it gives them an extra tartness that's really great. Plus I love drinking the leftover apple flavored pinapple juice.

  3. Another Flylady fan! Our house has been great since I found out about her. Anyway, that's not why I'm commenting. I was wondering if you can dry out zuccini in the oven? I don't have a dehydrator but those chips sound delicious!

  4. I've never tried it but I don't see why not. Just remember using the oven instead of a dehydrator can get preetty expensive electricity or gas wise. You put your oven on low and leave the door open a crack for a really long time. If you have freecycle where you live I would try and get a dehydrator through that. A lot of people have ones they bought on a whim just sitting around. I wanted to get extra trays for mine and advertised on Freecycle and someone responded this morning offering me thiers.

  5. Great, thanks Lyneya. I'll have a look- don't want a huge gas bill! You inspired me to do crispy roast veggies tonight for dinner- yum!

  6. wow now look at that! AMAZINGLY YUMMY!