Yesterday morning I awoke with a smile on my face and a spring in my step, completely over the moon about finally attempting something I had been dreaming of for months – food dehydrating. I was so excited that even breakfast had to wait. I raced out to the kitchen, opened my brand new Sunbeam Food Dehydrator that my beautiful Boyfriend had surprised me with for our Anniversary last month, washed and prepared my five different vegetables, set them out evenly on their trays ready to be magically turned into vegetable chips and then I crossed my fingers as I turned the dehydrator on. Then for what seemed like the entire rest of the day, I played the waiting game.

Ten hours later, not only were my fingers sore from keeping them crossed for what seemed like an eternity, but my dreams were shattered when I realised that my magical vegetable chips were far, far from magical. These so called ’vegetable chips’ that I had been imagining all day were hardly chip-like at all. Instead of the crispy, delicious, flavoursome chips I had been imagining, I opened my dehydrator to find chewy, rubbery, raw vegetables.

Now in any normal circumstance this wouldn’t really be a problem. Vegetables aren’t all that hard to come by, so a second batch could easily have been whipped up. However, when you’ve been waiting ten hours with your fingers crossed, praying that your vegetables will turn out crispy and delicious, it’s more than a little bit disappointing when the result is an epic failure. I probably shouldn’t be surprised though, I never really think these things through. I attempted a raw pumpkin pie once, just because I love the taste of roasted pumpkin. Believe it or not, it didn’t occur to me until I was tasting the finished product that a raw pumpkin pie meant that the pumpkin would indeed still taste raw. I have no idea what I was thinking.

For those of you out there reading this who are now imagining a delicious pumpkin pie, do yourself a favour and make sure you find a recipe that requires the pumpkin to be cooked first. Trust me. As for food dehydrators, unless you have the patience of a Saint and enjoy waiting ten hours for chewy, raw vegetables, I recommend you save yourself some time and just eat the vegetables raw to begin with.

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