Saturday, October 15, 2011
Juicer Pulp Dehydrator Crackers
I don't know how many times I've been in my local supermarket produce section and have passed through the small organic section after curiously eyeballing the only bulk item they carry there...carrots. I'm not much of a carrot eater per se, at least raw carrot sticks. Sure, we use them in stews, but never to the point where I need 25 lbs of them in my refrigerator at a time. But, wow, they seemed like a good deal...priced at $14.99, that comes to about what, 60 cents a pound?
So now I guess it's time for true confessions. We were given a Champion juicer a while back, and had not used it yet, despite the best of intentions. Why??? (head banging time, ha) I don't know! But I succumbed to a sudden urge to ramp up our nutrition as I stood there in the produce section, and knowing that that many carrots would be a pretty good buy for some serious juicing. I've juiced before, and I'm used to the taste, especially with a carrot and apple base.
We had never used a Champion juicer, and Jack manned it after we watched a couple of youtube videos to get all tutorialed up. It was really easy to use and clean and it did make a lot more juice than some cheaper juicers we've used in years (wayyy) past. So we juiced up some carrots and a couple of apples, and it was oh, so good! The juice was drunk right on the spot by us both.
But what to do with that good clean carrot pulp? Kaleb got a snack of some, some went into the evening soup pot, but the bulk of it was the stuff of experiment. Having made some dehydrated raw foods in the dehydrator in the past couple years (but never crackers), I wondered if I could approximate some of those dehydrated crackers I've had in the past from the health food store. I needed to use whatever ingredients we had on hand, bits of this and that. We're trying to stay away from most flours, but we do eat oatmeal and seeds and nuts. I also don't have one of those convenient tray liners to make thin spreads on, so I have to make the mixture thick enough to not fall through the dehydrator spaces on each rack.