Apr 13, 2016
Raw Sweet Corn Chips
Greetings fellow foodies! It’s been too long! I’ve been soooo busy with numerous homestead projects… getting our garden area set up for the coming season has been ongoing. I’ve been busy planting seeds for indoor sprouting, creating a spiral herb garden and preparing two additional raised garden beds. I planted three huge tubs of potatoes, a new crop for me—fingers crossed. I also planted about a hundred flower bulbs! Whew. And we’re installing a beautiful deck, which I am so excited about! I’ll share some photos of all the fun below.
On to today’s recipe which is a very different take on corn chips. Why? Well, two reasons actually. One, because they’re RAW and two, because they’re sweet! Ever notice how corn on the cob or frozen corn is super sweet (well, if it’s a good harvest it is) and corn chips are not? That’s because the corn used to make corn chips, grits, corn flour (masa), corn starch and a multitude of other products is called “field corn” and is not sweet. Corn on the cob and the corn found on your plate in its whole form is called “sweet corn.”
Sadly, 90% of the corn you see growing in fields across our great nation is field corn used to feed livestock animals that are slaughtered for food. To add insult to injury some GMO corn crops these days are being sprayed with more and more pesticides! That’s right. The little buggers that Roundup Ready corn was supposed to be immune to have developed a tolerance for the herbicide-tolerant and Bt-transgenic crops. So in addition to the already heavily-sprayed crops with Roundup to kill the weeds, the crops are continuing to be sprayed for pests. Eat organic!
But on to a happier note… these chips! What do most store-bought corn chips have in common? Salt and oil. These chips have neither and the naturally sweet notes of the corn make them super yummy. They’re a cinch to make, too, but to really enjoy them to their fullest, you will need a food dehydrator. The Excalibur is the best. I love mine and use it often, especially in the summer months when I can just keep it out on the front porch and let it do its thing, humming along where I can’t hear it! Haha! Anyway, a dehydrator is an investment worth making, especially if you enjoy raw foods and dried fruits and veggies. You could try drying the chips in a conventional oven at its lowest setting but you’ll need to keep it under 118° F to keep them raw, and keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t overcook.
These babies are raw, organic, vegan, whole food goodness with the added benefits of flax and chia seeds for a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. Try them with guacamole, salsa or your favorite plant-based dip. And be SURE to use only organic corn. 🙂 I made a small batch for this recipe but feel free to double or triple it!
~~~ homestead projects ~~~
Yowza! That’s a ton of dirt. Literally 🙂
We’ll be using this topsoil to create two additional raised beds.
the deck, going in
Shadow just has to help!
my nifty spiral herb garden… come on warm weather!
Love ya’ll, from the Smoky Mountains…❤️