It's that time of year again.  The time of year that you have 20 to 30 squash of various variaties sitting on your counter just waiting to be used.  So you sautee' it, you fry it, you boil it.  And then you look and there are 20 more from today's harvest.  That's why dehydrating is so important this time of year.  Zucchini is one of those spring and summer bounties that just don't can well because they get so mushy so we dehydrate it.   Sure you can just slice it and dehydrate it with no special treatment and it tastes just fine and it great for snacking and for throwing into pasta sauces and much more.  But what if.......

You could dehydrate some zucchini and was so good and lively that your family asks you to make more when you run out.  You read that right.  Dehydrated zucchini that they want to eat right out of the container it is stored in.

Like most topics I write about, we will cover dehydrating or drying squash today because, you guessed it, I dried zucchini today. 

Here's what you need to dry your zucchini:

  • Zucchini (2 - 3 medium size)
  • a dehydrator or oven
  • a knife or mandoline
  • 4 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp celtic or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

That's pretty much all you need so let's get started.  Squash is so easy to dry you need hardly any prep before drying. 

Step 1:  Wash the squash and pat dry

Step 2:  Slice 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick slices.   (I had some carrots laying around too so I shredded them to throw in with the zucchini)

Step 3:  Mix the lemon, oil and spices in a bowl.

Step 4:  Toss the zucchini thoughly in the mixture making sure that all pieces are coated (It just makes sure they are all spiced up)

Step 5:  Shake the excess mixture off of each zucchini slice and place on your dehdyrator trays in single layers.

Step 6:  dehydrate at 125 degrees until brittle.  This can take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours depending on humidity and elevation.

Step 7:  When dry either place in Mason jars for storage or if you have a food sealer you can seal them.

That's it!  That's all there is to making dehydrated spiced up zucchini chips

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