Dehydrator Zucchini and Yellow Squash Chips
Zucchini and summer squash are in abundance right now. Why not make some healthy, delicious squash chips? Just chop, brush with oil, sprinkle with salt, and then let them dehydrate for a day or so. Easy-peasy!
There are just three simple ingredients in this recipe: zucchini, oil, and salt! This recipe works equally well with yellow summer squash. These crispy, salty chips also make a great chip alternative for people on strict diets such as Keto, GAPS, or Autoimmune Paleo.
Dehydrator Zucchini or Yellow Squash Chips
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Inactive time: 20-24 hours
Zucchini or yellow squash, medium+ size works best for this recipe
Equipment needed: dehydrator (such as Nesco Snackmaster Pro), basting brush
Prepare your work area. You'll need: a cutting board, a small bowl with oil, a basting brush for applying the oil to the sliced zucchini, dehydrator trays, and salt shaker.
Slice the zucchini and/or summer squash into slices ~1/3-1/2-inch thick. They do not have to be perfectly uniform slices, as this recipe is pretty forgiving.
Lay out the zucchini/squash slices on your dehydrator trays. They can be nestled right up against each other, as the chips will shrink a lot while dehydrating.
Use a basting brush to lightly coat the top of each slice with oil
Lightly sprinkle salt over the oiled squash slices.
Dehydrate the chips for 20-24 hours on 165 degrees F, until they are crispy.
With my Nesco dehydrator, it works best to not use more than 7 trays when making the chips. It also works best to reverse the order of the trays about halfway through the cooking time.
When it is time to check the zucchini/squash chips to see if they are done, remove a couple chips from the dehydrator and allow them to cool before you eat them.
Once the chips are done, allow them to cool completely before you transfer them to an airtight container (such as a mason jar).
*If you're trying to reduce the heat and/or noise in your house, try putting your dehydrator outside on your covered porch instead. This will work fine as long as its not too humid or cold outside.
**To keep these chips fresh and crispy, make sure to promptly close up your chip container instead of leaving it open for awhile.
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