We don’t eat much junk food in this house, but every now and then we do get a hankering for some potato chips. I’m not a fan of overly sweet things, but I do like some savoury snacks once in a while. One of my biggest vices (if we do get the occasional treat) is Lays Original chips. If you’ve chatted with me on Twitter, you may have once or twice gotten caught up in a #ChipChat with @Dogpaddling and myself (@chancesmommy)! Too funny!
Since I like making my own food and try to make healthier alternatives to the foods and snacks that are sold in stores, I make my own chips. Why? It’s super easy, I have control of what ingredients I use, I know what’s in what I’m cooking, and I also have control of how much I make and thereby can control portion sizes better too.
I’m a self-professed Pampered Chef addict and have probably more kitchen gadgets than one person should own, but I can’t stop adding to my collection. When I found out about the Pampered Chef Microwave Chip Maker, I was so curious that I had to try it. I also got the Simple Slicer and love it. I’ve got two other slicers/mandolins (both from different brands) which I’ll probably give away to friends or family. To be honest, they scare me to death. I really like the Pampered Chef Simple Slicer because of its safety lock and easy-to-use food holder that helps slice veggies back and forth safely. It just does a great job and I don’t feel like I’m going to slice my finger off using it.
I just have to say that this is not a sponsored post for Pampered Chef at all. I just love their products!
Oh, right. Back to chips!
Homemade Potato Chips
You can make more than just homemade potato chips. I make apple chips, sweet potato chips, beet chips, yuca chips, jicama chips (although, it’s hard to find the last two ingredients and we have to get them off-Island). You can dress up (or dress down) your homemade chips and add any seasonings you wish. You can be adventurous as you want to be too. To be honest, I just prefer a dash of Herbamare and an extra crack of black pepper from the pepper mill. That’s it. That’s all.
It’s supposed to take less than 3 minutes to make the chips in the microwave (for the potato chips), but all microwaves vary. For some reason, it takes longer in our microwave, but I’ve got the chip making down to a science. It takes 9-10 minutes in our microwave. Crazy, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that long. Plus, in the end, we get yummy homemade chips! It does take longer to make the beet chips and sweet potato chips.
For those unfamiliar with Herbamare, it’s from A. Vogel, the premier supplier of highest quality fresh-plant remedies and natural products throughout Canada. I was introduced to Herbamare about four years ago by my friend’s husband (who happens to be an incredible cook). It’s a great alternative to conventional salt. It’s a blend of celery, leek, watercress, onions, chives, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and kelp, all organically grown.
Again, not a sponsored post for Herbamare either! I just love sharing the things I love!
Anyway, I was just thinking of my friend, @Dogpaddling and our #ChipChat on Twitter and had to make these homemade potato chips! Super easy, super fast, and they’re not fried or greasy! Plus, it’s faster than baking too! When I make the beet, apple, or sweet potato chips, I don’t feel badly giving them to my four year old. She just loves them and it makes me happy that she thinks they’re “cool”. This is the kid who thinks that sweet potato chips and kale chips are actual chips (the kind everyone eats) except these are not from a bag. Having said this, yes, we do eat chips from a bag every now and then!