Food Dehydrator and my flaxseed cracker recipe.

Anyone who has been into the shop to look at food dehydrators will probably end up hearing my stories of what I use mine for.  The majority of customers buy them for jerky or fruit leathers but I’m a huge flaxseed cracker and kale chip fan.  

20141217_dehydrator kale (1)Our Novital food dehydrator has 5 trays – as pictured above with my yummy cheesy kale chips – the yellow stuff is nutritional yeast. (Not as good as this recipe http://chefambershea.com/2012/08/13/practically-raw-recipe-pizza-kale-chips/ which is one of my favourites)  You can can control the heat by turning on one or both heat elements.  With one it is just around 50°C and both makes it closer to 60°C.  Being slack I throw my soaked nuts and crackers in before bedtime (on the lower heat) and turn it off in the morning. Yes it is quiet enough to run in the laundry overnight without keeping anyone wake.

Novital food Dehyd cab

 


Helens flaxseed cracker recipe:

1 cup total of LSA, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds – usually I have abit over 1/3 LSA, 1/3 flaxseed and the rest made of the other seeds. (This is where I get my seeds, nuts etc and they deliver really quickly in Perth http://2brothersfoods.com/ )

1/4 cup nutritional yeast (this the one I use http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Nutritional-Yeast-Flakes-10-oz-284-g/688 )

1 teaspoon crushed/minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt – I love pink himalayan, use less if you are using a ‘salty’ processed salt

Optional extras: Lemon pepper, pulp from juicing, grated hard cheese to taste.

Mix all of the above in a bowl and add Water to mix… probably close to a cup – start with 1/2 cup and work on feel.  It does soak up alot of water.

I usually leave mine on the bench soaking for at least 30 mins plus – up to a few hours while I’m doing other chores before spreading in the dehydrator shelf.  You may find yourself adding more water as the mixture sits as it gets thicker.  Its easier to remove/turn/flip the crackers if you use baking paper as in the picture below but the shelves clean very easily.

Yes you can make these in the oven – but you need to watch them so they don’t burn.

 **I’ll check these measurements again in a few days on my next batch – it’s become very much throw everything in the bowl recipe at home. And yes Mr 5.5’s gluten free (and non gluten free) friends do eat these :)

Tested on 28th Jan 2015 and they worked perfectly and tasted yum.  A single mix of the recipe ended up making enough cracker blobs to fill 2 trays.

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There is a mouse in my bedroom.. and I don’t want to kill it.

One of the more memorable days I’ve had working here was made by a lovely 11 or 12 yr old girl who came in looking for a friendly mouse trap.  She had googled live catch mouse traps and after finding us, gotten her mother to drive her nearly 100km to come and get her one so that they could take the mouse out of her room but not kill it.  I believe the plan was to catch the mouse and release it in the park nearby.  While this particular memory is unique the sentiments expressed by the girl are not.  We have many customers who for many different reasons prefer a live catch trap for rodents.  Some live in rural areas and wish to check for native rodents (and remove them)  before disposing of the vermin, others don’t wish to kill any thing they have caught.  For those of you wondering how to tell the natives from the vermin here is a very interesting article on how to tell which rodent is which – from The Australian Museum…    http://australianmuseum.net.au/Which-is-a-Black-Rat/

So if you are after a live catch trap (for any reason!) what choices do you have??

Well if you definitely do not want to injury the critter in anyway your best bets are craypot trap – made in both rat and mouse sizes or the mouse tip trap.  Since these traps don’t have any moving parts there is much less risk in any injury occurring.

 Craypot Mouse trapCraypot Mouse  Tip Trap:  Kness Tip Trap 001

 Other choices include the ‘see-saw’ multi-catch mouse traps with either one or two entrances. See my post on these traps: www.wapoultryequipment.net.au/blog/mouse-traps-see-saw/