I’m the biggest snacky person I’ve ever met. My favorite, and totally not primal, is Nacho Cheese Doritos. I open a bag of those suckers and it is game over. Really the only thing I can do for myself is not have them in the house. If they’re here, I might be able to resist for a short time, but eventually they’re going to get the better of me, I will throw willpower to the wind, and the next thing I know I’ve eaten half a bag.
I got a food dehydrator for my birthday years ago. I played around with it a lot when I first got it, and eventually it ended up in the storage closet, forgotten. I pulled it out again when I was on a beef jerky kick, but when I found out I couldn’t eat garlic (most jerky mixes have garlic in them), back in the storage closet it went.
Even though I tried dehydrating a lot of different fruits, I just never found anything I was completely in love with, and the effort it took to make the dried fruits and just not enough payoff for the work.
Then I tried again with my mandolin.
The mandolin is awesome because it slices the fruit uniform, meaning I didn’t have to watch it as closely while it was drying. That was a plus. I could just set it in the morning, come back a few hours later and it was done. Apples are by far the simplest thing I’ve done with the mandolin so far, and they really are such a tasty snack. They’re not Nacho Cheese Doritos, of course, but having a couple of bags of dried apples really helps when I get in snacky mode.
Making cinnamon apple chips is really simple. Slice your apples really thin (I’ve done 1/8″ and 1/12″ and both work great), arrange them in a single layer on your dehydrator trays, and dust lightly with cinnamon, like this:
Turn on your dehydrator on and walk away for about 3 hours. Start checking them every half hour until they’re not tacky. If you want them really crisp, let them go a little longer. It may take some trial and error to find “your” perfect, but you’ll get there. Store them in a plastic zip top baggie and pull them out for snacking when the Nacho Cheese Dorito Monkey is on your back.