Seasonal Foods: Zucchini Chips

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Zucchini chips are a great way to salvage the summer bounty from our gardens.

Everyone that has grown a garden has had to deal with lurking zucchinis. Lurking zucchinis are those massive gourds that somehow manage to hid in the foliage until they grow into green monsters. No one seems to like these monstrosities and they become unwanted gifts to family or friends. There’s a regional joke on Lasqueti Island that the fall is the only time of year you lock you vehicle, because if you don’t you’ll find your vehicle full of monster zucchinis!

This recipe came from WAPF leader Rhonda Dieni and will help deal with these monstrosities. Zucchini Chips have a great chewiness with a sweet, spicy and salty taste. This recipe will make you love your lurking zucchinis.

1 monster garden zucchini, cut into slices
1T extra virgin olive oil (optional)
1T sea salt
1 bird’s eye pepper or other hot pepper
Crane the lurking zucchini onto your kitchen counter for slaughter. I find it easier to cut the zucchini in half and then quarter the two halves. Scoop out the seeds and pulp and give it to the chickens or compost. Cut the zucchini into 1/4 inch slices. Don’t worry it the slices get thicker because they will dry down to about 10% of the original size. In a very large bowl, toss the zucchini slices with olive oil and the spicy sea salt. Mix extremely well. Place the zucchini slices in the dehydrator for 12-18 hours until the slices are completely dried. Store in a plastic bag for a taste of summer during the winter months.

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Cut the zucchini in two and then quarter each piece.

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Scoop out the pulp and give it to the chicken or compost.

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Slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch slices. Don’t worry if the slices get larger. The chips will dry down to about 10% of the original size.

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Mix the olive oil and spicy sea salt with the zucchini slices extremely well. You don’t want some chips to be salty or oily.

Spicy Ketchup

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Spicy Ketchup doesn’t have the red color of commercial ketchup and it doesn’t have the nasty additives either.

This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS or modified paleo diet.

Ketchup is easy to make at home. Homemade ketchup is cheaper and better quality than commercial brands. Once you make homemade ketchup, it’s very hard to go back to commercial brands. One warning, this recipe will not have the standard red color of commercial ketchup.

2T organic extra virgin olive oil
1 organic onion, chopped
2 organic garlic cloves, minced
1tsp sea salt
2L home-canned tomatoes or garden fresh tomatoes
1tsp organic cinnamon, freshly ground
1tsp organic allspice, freshly ground
1tsp organic cloves, freshly ground
1tsp organic black pepper, freshly ground
2 organic bay leaves
1/2c Fruity HP Sauce
3-4T local raw honey
6T organic cider vinegar or 6T live culture juice from whey, kimchi or sour kraut (optional)

In a sauce pan, sauté the onions and sea salt until translucent in the olive oil. Add the garlic, tomatoes and spices. Simmer without a lid for 1-2 hours to thicken the sauce. Let the sauce cool and remove the bay leaves. Add the Fruity HP Sauce and honey. Puree in a food processor or a Vita-mix machine until very smooth. Add the cider vinegar. Pour into two, 1L mason jars and store in the fridge.

If you want to lacto-ferment your ketchup, don’t add the cider vinegar. Stir in about three tablespoons of live culture juice from whey, kimchi or sour kraut into each jar. Make sure the ketchup is cooled before adding the culture or the heat will kill the culture. Let the ketchup sit at room temperature to 1-2 days until the ketchup gets bubbling. Stir again and refrigerate. The fermented ketchup will last longer in the fridge and be a source of probiotics.

Try custom mixing Spicy Ketchup, Fruity HP Sauce, Easy Worcestershire Sauce and cider vinegar for an almost unlimited variety of quick and tasty sauces.

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If you have a enamel cast iron pot use it for cooking acidic foods like tomatoes.


Fruity HP Sauce

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HP Sauce can be made with Easy Worcestershire Sauce. This version is sweeter and more like a Fruity HP Sauce.

This recipe is a simplified version of Authentic Homemade HP Brown Sauce. Since I haven’t eaten commercial HP Sauce in many years, I can’t offer an opinion on if this sauce tastes like the original.

This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS or modified paleo diet.

1c boiling water
14 dried garden Roma tomatoes
8 organic Medjool dates, pitted
10 organic dried prunes
1/4c-1/2c tamarind paste
2T organic extra virgin olive oil
3 organic onions, chopped
5 organic apples, chopped
3 organic garlic cloves, minced
1/4c-1/2c reserved fruit water
1/2tsp of each freshly ground: organic cloves, black peppercorn, cardamon, brown mustard seed, cinnamon, and allspice
1/4c organic blackstrap molasses
1/2c-3/4c organic cider vinegar
1/4c-1/2c Red Boat fish sauce
1/4c-1/2c Easy Worcestershire Sauce
Put the dried tomatoes, dates, prunes and tamarind paste in a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the fruit and cover. Let cool for about 20-30 minutes. Reserve the fruit water for later use.

In a large sauce pan sauté the onions in the olive oil until translucent. Add the apples and garlic and simmer for 20 minutes until apples are very soft. If needed, add some of the reserved fruit water to avoid sticking. Remove from heat and add the freshly ground spices and stir well.

In a Vita-mix machine puree the soaked dried fruit. Add the cooked apple mixture and blend until very smooth. Add the molasses and half of the vinegar, fish sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Mix very well. Add an extra 1/4c tamarind, 1/4c cider vinegar, 1/4c fish sauce and 1/4c Easy Worcestershire Sauce if you want a less sweet, darker, and thicker sauce. This recipe makes about 2L of sauce. You can add the extra ingredients to one of the liters and see which sauce you like better — sweet or savory.

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Adjust the tamarind, cider vinegar, fish sauce and Easy Worcestershire Sauce to taste. It’s hard to see in the photo, but this HP Sauce is darker and thicker.

Easy Worcestershire Sauce

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Worcestershire sauce gives that “Wow!” to sauces, dips, marinades, and dressings. A little sauce goes a long way!

This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS or modified paleo diet.

This recipe is a simplified, uncooked version for Worcestershire Sauce from Nourished Kitchen. The secret ingredients in Worcestershire Sauce is naturally fermented fish sauce and tamarind paste. It’s really hard to get a traditional fermented fish sauce. Most fish sauce has additives and isn’t fermented. My favorite is Red Boat Fish Sauce. Tamarind paste can be found in the ethnic food section of the grocery store.

1/4c organic onion, finely minced
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1tsp organic ginger, finely minced
8 anchovies, finely minced
2T tamarind paste, remove any seeds
2T extra virgin organic olive oil or the oil used to pack the anchovies
1tsp organic black pepper, ground
1/2tsp organic cinnamon, ground
1/2tsp organic cloves, ground
1 organic bird’s eye pepper, ground
1c organic apple cider vinegar
1/4c organic blackstrap molasses
1/4c naturally fermented fish sauce
1 organic lime, juice
Whenever possible use whole spices and freshly grind before use. In a Vita-mix machine or food processor mince the onions, garlic, ginger, anchovies and tamarind paste into a paste. Add the olive oil or the oil used to pack the anchovies and the molasses. Add the black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and hot pepper and mix very well. Slowly add the apple cider vinegar and mix very well. Add the fermented fish sauce and lime juice. Blend until the sauce is completely smooth. Store the sauce in the fridge and shake before using.

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Worcestershire sauce makes a great dip for a cold, grilled steak with some sweet pickles. Worcestershire sauce can be used for making Fruity HP Sauce and Spicy Ketchup.

Easy Worcestershire Sauce is a base sauce for making Fruity HP Sauce and Spicy Ketchup.


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