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Dried Zucchini in a Weston Dehydrator

We got a little crazy when we decided to try our hand at dehydrating zucchini: We made you not one, but three delicious recipes - Italian Seasoned Zucchini Chips, Middle Eastern Zucchini Chips, and Spanish Zucchini Chips. Each of these is equally as good as dried snacking chips, or "re-hydrated" with olive oil and sautéed as a dinner side. The benefits to dehydrating and re-hydrating are two-fold: 1. You can preserve your zucchini harvest for months after the season is over. 2. Once you re-hydrate, you'll notice the flavors are bolder than if you never dehydrated them! Time to dig in...

Each recipe serves 2-4

- Ingredients -

Italian style
1 zucchini
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon dried sage
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Middle Eastern style
1 zucchini
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons garam masala
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried mint
½ teaspoon red pepper
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon sea salt

Spanish style
1 zucchini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon dried cilantro
2 teaspoons garlic
2 teaspoons smoked spanish paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon sea salt

- Tools -
Weston Mandoline Slicer
Weston Dehydrator
large bowl, for tossing

Use your Mandoline Slicer to thinly and uniformly slice the zucchini.

We recommend a crinkle cut - the ridges catch the seasonings and hold them onto the zucchini better

Combine the remaining ingredients for whichever style you prefer. Toss the zucchini slices in the seasoning mixture.

We use our Manual Kitchen Kit to juice fresh lemons

The Middle Eastern Zucchini slices are ready to dehydrate

Lay the slices onto the trays of your Dehydrator and dehydrate at 130° for 4-6 hours (might be closer to 8 for the Mexican-style). Once they're dry and crunchy, they're ready to be snacking chips.

Italian Zucchini Chips - before

Italian Zucchini Chips - After

Middle Eastern Zucchini Chips

If you'd like to "re-hydrate" them for a side dish, simply heat a skillet/pan over medium heat with a teaspoon of olive oil and sauté the dried zucchini. Once they are browned, they're ready to be eaten. There's no need to add water to re-hydrate - the oil will add the moisture you need, without "watering down" the flavor.

"Re-hydrated" Sautéed Spanish Zucchini Chips

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