I’ve sort of had a love/hate relationship with zucchini. We really never ate zucchini when I was growing up, and I’m pretty sure the first time I tasted it was when I was already married.
Zucchini, being a summer garden favorite in our small community at the time, was generously gifted between families every year, and, haha – one summer, the multitudes of zucchini did NOT agree with my pregnant appetite. I mean, I just couldn’t hardly stand to look at a zucchini. For about two years.
We’ve since moved, and zucchini has indeed been a beloved part of our garden yet again. I guess I got over the morning sickness association. 🙂
One of my favorite ways to use up a nice, giant zucchini is to make dried zucchini chips. I love dehydrating, and zucchini chips are easy and there are practically endless flavor options. Let’s get started!
Dehydrated Zucchini Chips
- 2 medium zucchini, washed – you can definitely use more than 2!
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
- 1/8 tsp sea salt (optional, and to taste)
- pinch cayenne pepper (optional, and to taste)
- any other favorite seasonings you may want to try – the sky is the limit 🙂
- dehydrator – this is the one I use, but any dehydrator will work!
- knife, mandolin slicer, or food processor
- cutting board
- medium-sized bowl & spoon for stirring
- You’ll be surprised how easy these zucchini chips are. Using a knife, mandolin slicer, or food processor, slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch slices – do not peel.
- If you are going to be seasoning the zucchini, then stir olive oil, seasonings, and zucchini in a bowl until well-coated.
- Arrange on mesh drying trays. If you have a temperature selection, dry at 130 degrees, otherwise, dry on low for 6 to 10 hours. That’s it!
- You’ll know they’re done when there are no signs of moisture, and they feel crisp.
- Have fun experimenting with different spices and flavorings! Some suggestions are: garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, you could even use turmeric or go with a season salt like this one. Yum!
- Also, you absolutely don’t have to season them if you don’t want to! You can enjoy their nice, neutral flavor in your favorite dip, hummus, you name it!
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