Hello all! It’s been a busy week for me since 4th of July weekend and making up those pretty awesome (if I do say so myself) Low Carb Cheesecakes, so sorry for not posting sooner.
I was trying to think of some new recipes that I would make, and I did actually come up with a couple of pretty good ones, but they were not up to the level of deliciousness that I would feel comfortable posting. I personally like to make sure that the recipes I put up taste good, look good, are low carb, and are just generally fantastic. If one of those requirements aren’t met, then they go back to the drawing board until I feel good enough about them to put them up. This is a partial reason that I haven’t had anything up since last week.
While I was brainstorming, I realized that I hadn’t put on too many ideas for snack items on my site. I know that I have a few products I enjoy on my Supported Products and Reviews Page, such as Whisps and Arctic Zero, but not many recipes or recipe ideas.
Now I know from my own personal experience that finding some delicious low carb snacks can be pretty tough. It seems like everything out there is full of carbs, calories, and a bunch of other ingredients that sounds like imaginary words.
I am definitely nuts about nuts (hah), and I could probably eat them all day, but some variety would be nice as well.
This seemed to be a problem to me, and so I thought I would find some ways to work around it. As I scoured the internet for ideas, I ended up coming across this beauty
It’s called the Presto Dehydro 6303(affiliate link). The product was a little over $90 on Amazon.
Now i’m not the kind of person that is prone to snap decisions or impulse buys, but …
I couldn’t help it. The dehydrator seemed like the perfect buy for a low carb dieter. I also had an Amazon gift card from last Christmas that I still hadn’t used (told you i’m not an impulse buyer), and so I thought this would be a great investment.
I don’t know about you all, but I am always absolutely shocked at the prices for things like beef/chicken/turkey jerky and dehydrated fruits and vegetables. Not to mention all the added sugar, preservatives, and ingredients that sound like they shouldn’t even be used for cleaning a sink drain.
With this little beauty I can dry my own fruits, vegetables, spices, and even make my own JERKY! (I’m a big jerky fan).
Now to give you all the specifications on this particular machine:
- It comes with 6 trays and can expand to hold up to 12 trays.
- It has a digital timer and thermostat with a range from 90° to 165° F or about 32° to 74° C (which you can change from F to C).
- The top has a see through cover so you can actually see your food as it dries.
- The timer can be set to shut off (max 48 hours) or it can be used to count upwards as the food dehydrates.
- The drying trays are all dishwasher safe and fully submersible.
- The fan on the bottom and the heating element combination allows the food to dehydrate at a consistent temperature without any need for tray rotation or other meddling.
- The trays are able to nest so the unit can be shorter making it easier for storage.
The best thing about this product is the fact that you can pretty much set it and forget it. With the ability to set the timer and the temperature, your only job is to load up the trays and hit the on button.
One thing I do have to mention is that the fan does seem to get a little loud. It’s not much louder than any regular fan though, and I always have a fan on in my house (temperature hit the 100s today!), so it’s not a problem for me.
Anyway, I definitely think this product is a great investment. I mean I can make jerky at home now! I no longer have to spend a ridiculous amount of money for an infinitesimal amount of jerky that is always gone to soon. I also know exactly what is put in all of my food, so I don’t have to try and Google everything I see on the ingredients list.
For my first go at using this product, I decided to make some zucchini and squash crisps (I know you expected jerky).
Step 1: Use a mandolin (or a knife) and slice thinly.
Step 2: Place on rack and season (I used a little Himalayan pink salt and pepper).
Step 3: Turn temperature to 130° to 135° and set timer for 6-8 hours. (Approximate depending on how thick your slices area).
Step 4: YUM!
To give you a little bit of an idea on the nutrition for this, 1 medium zucchini has about 33 calories and 4 net effective carbs, and 1 medium summer squash has about 32 calories and 4.8 net effective carbs! That’s pretty good on both carbs and calories in my book.
These little veggie crisps were wonderfully light and crispy, with a very clean flavor, and a touch of spice from the salt and pepper. Definitely a keeper.
If you guys are interested in getting your own dehydrator, you can click on This Link Here (affiliate link). I have linked to a number of dehydrators, and the Presto 6303 is on that list as well. You can, of course, go with one of the cheaper ones, but I felt that the 90 dollar price tag is well worth it for this one.
I do always think it is good to research, and so I also have this link here that shows a number of other dehydrators. There are some good ones out there that have good reviews, such as the Nesco, and the Excalibur, and the Presto 6300 (the lower version) has over 1,000 reviews with 4.5 out of 5 stars!
However, I chose the 6303 because I liked the fact that I could expand it to hold up to 12 trays if I chose to, and that it also had the digital timer that I could set. It was also at a price point that was under the $240+ that the Excalibur is at, which is always a good thing.
I hope this review is helpful, and I hope you all enjoyed my squash/zucchini crisps. I will be posting some more deliciously dehydrated food soon (pretty sure jerky is on the agenda). Stayed tuned for me coming soon!
If you all have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave me a comment below, and I will absolutely respond to you. Also, if you enjoyed this post, please do me a favor and share it! Thanks!