Dehydrating Foods – Zucchini Chips & Dices

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Do you have extra zucchini or summer squash?

Dehydrating foods like zucchini either in chips or pieces is a great way to preserve them. Dried zucchini, diced or chips!

Putting dehydrated zucchini into a snap close jar.

How to Dehydrate Zucchini Chips

First find some extra zucchini or squash. I used both zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.

Slice the squash into very thin slices. About 1/8 inch is great. The more even your slices are, the more evenly they will dry. Using a mandolin slicer makes the job quick and easy.

Slicing a zucchini into thin slices using the Mandolin slicer.

Lay the slices in a single layer on your dehydrator trays. Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice. I used season salt.

You’ll have to experiment with how much to use. I found out that a little season salt goes a long way.

Seasoning sprinkled over raw zucchini slices.

Dry at 125 degrees until dry and crispy. Check every so often and remove slices that have finished drying earlier than the others.

Dried zucchini chips sitting on the trays.

Store in an airtight container. Vacuum sealing the mason jar is not required but it does make storage longer term. I’ve got a review on the electric hand held vacuum sealer that I use.

Great for a quick healthy snacks.

Jars filled with dried yellow and green zucchini chips.

How to Dehydrate Diced Zucchini

If your squash has overgrown and has a very large seedy center you may want to remove it. Just use a spoon and scoop it out.

Not that we ever leave our zucchini too long so it gets overgrown now, do we?

Scooping seeds out of the zucchini spear using a spoon.

Next, cut each zucchini or squash into lengths. Then cross cut the lengths into diced pieces. The more evenly you can get the sizes, the better.

Seeded spears of summer squash sitting on a wooden surface.

Blanch for 3 minutes.

Blanching chunks of zucchini in a large pot.

Spread on dehydrator trays and dry at 135 for 5 to 10 hours. Actual time will depend on how small you diced your zucchini, how full you packed your dehydrator, and even humidity can impact the time.

Zucchini and squash is done when it is crispy dry.

Dehydrated green and yellow zucchini pieces in a jar.

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Dehydrating Zucchini

Dehydrating zucchini either in chips or pieces is a great way to preserve it. Dried zucchini instructions here!
Print Recipe
Putting dehydrated zucchini into a snap close jar.
Prep Time:30 minutes
Dehydrating Time:10 hours
Total Time:10 hours 30 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • Zucchini or summer squash
  • Seasonings optional

Instructions

Zucchini Chips

  • Slice squash into very thin slices (1/8”).
  • Lay slices in a single layer on dehydrator trays.
  • Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
  • Dry at 125 degrees until dry and crispy, removing slices that dry earlier than others.

Diced Zucchini

  • Scoop out centers of zucchini.
  • Cut each zucchini into lengths, and then into evenly diced pieces.
  • Blanch for 3 minutes.
  • Spread on dehydrator trays and dry at 135 until crispy and dry, 5-10 hours.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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Page last updated: 6/9/2021

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