Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tomato Bark, Dried Tomatoes and Zucchini chips

Tomato Bark, Dried Tomatoes and Zucchini chips

In adventures for trying new things I'm dehydrating Roma tomatoes, Zucchini chips and 1 test run on tomato bark.

Tomato Bark is dried tomato sauce. 1 tomato sauce can covered a whole leather tray. I am excited to find out how this turns out! A Small experiment for me; but, if it works as well as I have read, I will make a whole lot more! Easy storing, and what a wonderful way to pack and transport more flavors for camping trips etc. Re-hydrates in a sauce pan of water within 20 minutes, and would leave me so much more room to pack other things! (less weight and all the nutrients!)

Dried tomatoes are wonderful additions to so many things I can't count- pasta, salads, rice, soups, stews, vegetable dishes! I'm looking forward to this! As with the dried sauce- if this turns out right, I'm making a lot more! Only with these I believe they will fill a quart jar and sit with my spices and seasonings for regular use! We love tomatoes!

Zucchini chips are highly recommended. I sprinkled paprika and a bit of sea salt on mine before starting. I am looking forward to a healthy alternate for potato chips that isn't full of fat and preservatives! Zucchini chips come highly recommended, and dehydrating them doesn't make them lose their nutrients! Yay!
The dietary fiber in zucchini helps lower cholesterol.  The magnesium and potassium found in zucchini helps lower blood pressure. The vitamins C and A found in zucchini act as powerful antioxidant. Zucchini is so good for you! Delicious too!

....I'll let you know how it goes.

**Evening Update! 

Everything turned out, but I have to admit- being in my learning stages has it's draw backs- the tomato bark is perfect! Love it!  All on it's own, has a strong flavor, and will be awesome for quick needs recipes!  The dried toms are extra sweet and strong in flavor!! I added nothing to them- ate a handful last night after they cooled! These are going to be fantastic on salads! I can't wait to try them on some pasta! 
My fail= zucchini. My learning experience has begun with the zucchini chips! I cut them way too thin! They are delicious, and every single one in my family tried them! But they would never stand up for dip- I gotta do thicker! Ya Never know until you try! and I have to report Tomato bark =A+, Dried Romas= A+, Zucchini chips= Fail.... but I am going to chop them up in the food processor this morning and save them in a recycled seasoning bottle- I think they'd be perfect seasoning! so Zucchini seasoning=A+ WIN! (Just not in the manner I intended! LOL )

This, I am definitely going to enjoy making more of! 

upcoming dehydrator trials: butter, squash, and sweet potato chips! Yay! (I'll cut them thicker I promise)

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