Beets, although not the lowest carb in the category of vegetables, are a tasty way to get a lot of nutrients. Dried beet chips can be baked or made in a dehydrator. They make an easy, nutritious afternoon snack- and the hardest part is keeping your pantry stocked with them!
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*Note: This is a post from Tesla Stainbrook (my millennial daughter). Her video tutorial is at the end of this post.
Best & Worst Dehydrators
A few months ago I downloaded the NextDoor app- not really having any idea how I’d use it. Well, I found the “free” section, and I was hooked! Not even a week into using the app, I found myself the proud new owner of a dehydrator.
Of course, I scoured Pinterest and good ol’ Google for recipes. The only thing I knew you could dehydrate was apples- and I’m not very fond of dehydrated apple chips myself.
If you are just starting to dehydrate, go for something inexpensive until you see whether you will like the taste of dehydrated food. If you find you’re really into it, I would recommend one of the Nesco dehydrators, like the Gardenmaster below. My mom has tried a number of them and this one lasted the longest and produced the best chips.
Just make sure you get one with a temperature control that allows a range of temperatures. Caveat: stay away from the Ivation brand….doesn’t last and has terrible customer service.
Best Vegetables to Dehydrate
After a super quick search on Pinterest I realized you can pretty much dehydrate anything (dehydrated watermelon, anyone?!) I found a list of options on Pinterest and decided to make my way through the massive list. Well, that didn’t work out very well since I got to the Salt & Vinegar cucumber chips and just made them over and over again.
I did get around to trying the beet chips however, and although this was the first time I made these beet chips- it will definitely not be the last!
Because my parents typically follow a low-carb diet, we are going to have to explore all the different low-carb vegetables in the dehydrator.
Next up, I plan on getting my parents as hooked on the salt and vinegar cucumber chips as I am, and then maybe some of the cauliflower popcorn. I’m also curious to try the jerky recipes! The possibilities are endless!
How to Store Dried Beet Chips
Before working remotely during the 2020 quarantine, I loved to take snack-type items to work at the high school. These days, they don’t travel as far, but the beet chips are still the perfect snack in between my many work-from-home meals.
One other snack I rely on heavily (although not made in the dehydrator) is these roasted harissa chickpeas.
I typically store my dehydrated items in a large mason jar, though I know many people will store them in Ziploc bags. We are trying to reduce waste, plastic, and unnecessary trips to the store, so if I were going to store the chips in a bag, I would probably get cloth, breathable bags like these that my principal swears by.
However, for the beet chips I prefer using a mason jar or other glass container so they don’t get squished or broken up in the bags.
Are Beet Chips Really Healthy?
Beets are chock full of nutrients such as fiber, Vitamin C, and folates. They are also low-calorie and have been proven to lower blood pressure.
So yes, beets are very healthy, but if you are on a low-carb diet, they don’t work well as a compliant vegetable. They are considered a starchy vegetable, as are most root vegetables, and that’s a no-no on low-carb diets.
Although you can buy beet chips in the store, as with other processed foods, there are many additives and preservatives added to the packaged versions. With just beets and salt in the ingredient list, these beet chips are a tasty, crunchy alternative to the store-bought versions and much healthier than potato chips or processed vegetable chips.
How to Serve Beet Chips
Even though there are so many great ways to serve beet chips, I think my favorite is just straight out of the dehydrator!
If you’re not a fan of them straight up, here are some other great options for serving these beet chips:
- With a side of hummus or baba ghanoush
- On a cheese board or with charcuterie
- For all my fellow Midwesterners, ranch or French onion dip would be a “taste treat” (as my dad says)
- Beet chips would be a great lower-carb alternative for croutons in salads
- As a topping for a cold beet gazpacho/ soup
Although I dried these in slices to eat as a “chip”, you could also make the dried beets into a beetroot powder. I love adding the beetroot powder to smoothies, both for the color and taste, as well as the nutrition.
Similar Recipes You’ll Love
Check out the following recipes for more ideas for low-carb snacks we love (and we think you will too):
Grow Your Own Beets in a Container or Garden
If you have never gardened, (or even if you have), growing vegetables in containers on your deck, balcony, or patio can be surprisingly fun, rewarding, and even meditative. You just may get hooked!
Did you know? You can easily grow beets in a container (and of course in your garden). As a long-time gardener growing both ways, my post below can inspire you to try it yourself!
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Low Carb Beet Chips
- 4 medium- large beets
- 1 tbsp salt or to taste
- Peel and slice beets using the mandolin (or thinly slice with a knife).4 medium- large beets
- Lay beets out on dehydrator trays in a single layer.
- Sprinkle salt on beets.1 tbsp salt
- Turn on dehydrator to 135 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the dehydrator on for 8-10 hours.
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