Soggy Chips

by Mary Beth

I have been reading more vegan cookbooks, and there were a few new dishes that I wanted to try out. At least two of them were snacks. Snacks are a little hard once you quit eating processed foods, and to be honest, our house eats an insane amount of raisins. (Seriously – we can’t keep them in the house no matter how many I buy.) So, in the interest of eating something new, we decided to try out the solar cooker with some zucchini chips. According to the book (Thrive) they are a tasty snack made entirely from cut zucchini. Perfect! (They are on sale, at least….)

Zucchini Chips

2 cut zucchini





I laid the zucchini strips on a parchment paper lined tray and sprinkled them with the seasonings. The recipe called for cooking them for 30 minutes, but I had mine out there for an hour. My oven was sitting at about 300 degrees.

And… they were mushy. I suspect this is supposed to be a high temperature recipe, and it just didn’t translate well at lower temperatures. They zucchini were edible, but not particularly tasty. I’m a bit bummed, to be honest.

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Jul 02, 2014
Soggy stuff
by: Cal Griggs

I have found, over the years, that if you crack your oven cover just a tad a lot of the moisture will escape and not stay with the food. This works especially well with bread, cakes etc. when solar cooking with these. Because when you are cooking breads, veggies and the like with a lot of moisture the object is to get the moisture out of the oven, or you will just stew the stuff.

Jul 02, 2014
chips are tricky
by: Joyce

Zucchini is very very moist. It almost always needs to be drained really well before cooking in the solar oven unless its in a soup. Or bread.
I cut it and put it in a colander to drain for at least 30 min. Or more.
Also, even chips or fries made with potatoes seem soggy at first but you need to let them set a few minutes while cooling to firm up a bit. But you're right about the temp being low also. If your oven will get to around 350 it will make a world of difference in the texture. The time at that temp will be almost double.

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