Yes, salty (and some sweet) chips.

You know that one kitchen gadget that you hang on to forever, and use maybe once every 5 years, but can’t seem to let go of? I happen to have one, and it’s called the Presto ChipShot. I asked my Grandma for it as a Christmas gift back when I was like, 18 (yes obviously I have had a thing for food/kitchen way beyond the recent discovery of it)? I’ve hung on to it ever since, and it has made a grand re-entrance into my kitchen life 🙂 You could probably find one eBay for $5, but it’s $5 well spent.

I randomly saw some Taro Root at the commissary last weekend, so I picked some up and thought it’d be fun to do something with them (I cannot believe all these years, the giant “Elephant Ear” plants my mom has planted, are Taro Roots? I learn something everyday). I bought four, they were a whopping $1.42 total. I left the skin on, washed them well, let them dry and then put them through the chipshot with the krinkle-cut attachment. Holy SHMOLY it only took about 5 minutes. I had these awesome krinkle-cut taro root slices. I placed them on dehydrating trays, and Seth sprinkled them with seasonings, 4 different flavors: salt, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and cinnamon/sugar. In about 24 hours they were dry, but I left them in for 48 hours, and they have the perfect crunchiness! Highly recommend the plain old salt flavor.

Now I have the perfect crunch salty chips for guac, that are: corn, grain, soy, msg, dairy, and awful crappy oil, free. Yay!


Raisins…or Dried Grapes

I’ve thought those puny little shriveled things were so gross, for so long. Not until I went to lunch with some co-workers and our charcuterie plate came with fresh, dried grapes. Holy buckets! I never saw raisins the same.

Seth tried drying some red seedless grapes in the food dehydrator he bought me for Christmas last year, and they were fabulous. It takes a long time, but it’s well worth it in our opinion. We couldn’t get over the size difference between store-bought and home dried (interesting to think that you don’t like a certain food, but in reality, if you actually make the food yourself, it is good!):

I recently tried drying black seedless grapes, and much to my surprise they didn’t take near as long to dry and taste even sweeter! You can munch on them, use them in salads, add them to baked vegetable dishes, combine them with a meet and cheese board, etc.