We had been thinking about getting a dehydrator for a few years now and finally decided to purchase one. After a lot of research we decided on a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator with timer, model # 3926TB.
We are planning on using it to dehydrate fruit, herbs, vegetables, and make snacks like fruit roll-ups and zucchini chips for the kids, so we went with the larger 9-tray model. Stocking our pantry with healthy snacks instead of buying store bought processed items, and being able to preserve our garden harvests were our main reason for purchasing a dehydrator.
Yesterday I got to play around with it and made some delicious Vegan Cheddar-Kale Chips!
The recipe I used was from Ani Phyo's book Ani's Raw Food Essentials.
1 cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 to 4 tablespoons water, as needed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 cups bite-size pieces of kale, packed (about 1 bunch)
Place the red peppers in a food processor or blender, then add the remaining ingredients except for the kale. Blend, using only enough water to process into a thick cream.
In a large mixing bowl, toss the pepper mixture with the kale, coating it evenly.
I tossed it with my hands, working the mixture evenly into the kale.
Spread the kale onto two 14 inch square Excalibur Dehydrator trays and dry at 104° for 8 to 10 hours.
The finished Cheddar-Kale Chips!!
They taste even better than the ones we get from the Store!
We usually buy them whenever we go to Whole Foods, but like everything healthy, they are a little pricy.
I made one small batch, which is probably equal to 6 bags from the store and it cost less than 1/5th of the price!
Can't wait to try other recipes!!