Granny Smith Apple Chips

Made one of my favorite snacks and best substitute to fried potato chips, Apple chips. They are quick and easy to prepare and takes about 18-24 hours to dehydrate.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup lemon juice
8 Medium Sized Granny Smith Apples
8 cups of water

Mix water and lemon juice together in a medium sized bowl.

Slice and core Apples 1/4 inch thick. You can leave the skin since it holds lots of fiber, however it’s does give the chips a rigid crunchy texture instead of smooth texture without it.

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Add all the apple slices to the mixture to prevent them from browning in the drying process.

Lastly arrange them all on your tray at 135 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-24 hours. You will have to take one chip out let it cool to test out the crunchiness. While they are still warm you can’t tell if they are done and appear chewy, instead of crisp/crunchy.

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-J. Pollard Creations

Prickly Pear Cactus with Goat Cheese and Honey

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Stopped by a local farmers market today after work and spoke with a lady who recommended I try Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit. This immediately struck my attention as I like trying new things. She informed me it had a mildly sweet and sour flavor resembling an unripened kiwi. I must agree with her it did.

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She did not tell me that the seeds inside are very hard and impossible to bite down on. Luckily, I read about the fruit online before preparing it. If you’d like you can remove the seeds and grind them later to make flour out of them.

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Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit (One Unpeeled)

After speaking with her about the best way to prepare this. She recommended peeling the fruit, slice it fairly thin, sprinkle some of her recently made goat cheese, and drizzle some honey over the top.

Prickly Pear Cactus with Goat Cheese and Honey

1/2 Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese
6 Pear Cactus Fruits
1 tbsp Honey

Slice fruit half an inch thick layer on plate.
Sprinkle goat cheese evenly over the sliced fruit.
Drizzle honey evenly on top.

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