Friday, August 8, 2014

Sun-Dried Savory Beet Chips

It is still incredibly hot in New Mexico. I love to take advantage of the warm weather the wonderful energy of the Sun. I dehydrate as much as I can without the dehydrator. This not only saves money and keeps the electricity bill down, but also infuses your food with SOEFs (Subtle Organizing Energy Fields). I will write about this sometime in the future.

This is a very simple recipe. If you own a dehydrator you can make these chips all year round, but if the weather and climate allow, try to dehydrate them in the sun. What could be more natural than that?

  • 2 beets
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp dried dill
  • 2 Medjool dates, soaked in water over night
  • 1/2 Celtic sea salt for the marinade plus more for sprinkling

  • Wash and peel beets. Using a mandolin or a very sharp knife cut the beets into very thin slices.
  • Using a blender make a medium thick dressing. Add a little water if you think it is too thick. Pour it into a bowl.
  • Transfer the beet slices into a bowl with the dressing and mix well making sure that all slices are well coated in it. Allow to marinade for about 10 minutes.
  • Spread the beet slices on a flat surface. You can use a dehydrator tray even if you are drying the chips in the sun. You can take a large baking pan and cover it with a sheet of baking paper. Whatever you you choose, make sure that the beet slices are not overlapping. 
  • Sprinkle the beet slices with some Celtic sea salt. Cover the tray with a cheese cloth to protect them from insects and place it in the direct sun. 
  • Depending on the outside temperature you should be able to turn the chips over after 4 hours or so. Once again you may want to sprinkle a little Celtic salt on them. Allow to dehydrate for another 3 or 4 hours.
  • When the chips are perfectly dry, gather them and remove excess salt. 
  • Store the completely dried chips in airtight container and place in a moisture free place. Enjoy in good company when you feel like snacking.

Tip: If your chips are not ready by the end of the day you may have to use the dehydrator to dry them out completely.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2014

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