Ask anyone who knows me what my biggest downfall is when it comes to food, and they will tell you potato chips. When stress mounts, I can just hear the chips little voices. “Susan, we will make you feel better. Susan, we are crunchy and salty. Susan, we taste so good.” What they forget to say is, “Susan, we will bloat you like there is no tomorrow. We will load your bloodstream with fat. The oil we have been fried in will clog your arteries and you will feel like crap shortly after you eat us.” I know all of this but for some reason, when I am in that moment, the only thing I seem to hear is the chips siren song.
I have tried to find some alternatives that I really like. Potatoes just don’t get a good texture in the dehydrator. Plus, I am looking for color (phytonutrients) in my food. I had picked up some beets at the market, thinking that I would pickle them. But when I pulled them out, I changed my mind. Grabbing the mandoline, I started slicing. A little cider vinegar was added along with a final touch of Himalayan salt and a sprinkle of pepper. Into the dehydrator and 24 hours later I had a delicious snack that is giving those potato chips a run.
- 5 beets, I used golden and red
- 1/4 cup raw cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix together cider vinegar, oil and water. Set aside.
2. Slice the beets very thin. I used a mandoline for this.
3. Soak the sliced beets in the water mixture for about 10 minutes. You may have to toss to coat.
4. Spread on screens, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dehydrate at 145 for 45 minutes, reduce heat to 115 and continue dehydrating for about 24 hours or until chips are crunchy.
*Note: Don’t worry about beginning dehydration temp. The food never goes above 115 and it’s raw integrity is not compromised. You can read more here: Dehydration