Sometimes I find things online that are just short of genius and this is one of those. With my plethora of sweet potatoes in hand from last years harvest I was looking for creative ways to preserve and use them. Lo and behold I found THIS post over at back packing chef for dehydrated sweet potato bark as a convenient backpacking food.
Sweet Potato Bark
- 1 large or 2 small Sweet Potatoes (approx. 13 ounces before peeling)
- ½ cup Apple Juice
- 1 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Cinnamon (may include nutmeg)
This is her original recipe........
It's really rather simple. Wash, peel and chunk potatoes.
Boil until tender......drain WELL
Gather supplies. Parchment paper, cinnamon and nutmeg, maple syrup or honey, apple juice and stick blender.
Mash potatoes. Add cinnamon, nutmeg (optional), maple syrup or honey, and apple juice. Now although the original recipe called for 1/2 cup apple juice for every 13 ounces of potato be very careful as you do not want your potato mixture runny, I used much less. Remember every drop of liquid you add is that much more you are going to have to dehydrate out! I added more syrup than the original recipe also. Season your potato mixture to your own family's taste. You want this the consistency of thick mashed potatoes.
The original site put her potato mixture in a blender I simply pulled out my handy wand mixer and pulsed a few times to puree well.
I then cut pieces of parchment paper to fit my dehydrator trays. Spread potato puree on parchment paper about 1/8 inch thick. DO NOT USE WAXED PAPER!!
I then dehydrated at 135 degrees.
Once the jerky was dry enough on the top side to separate from paper (watch the middle). I simply flipped the parchment paper over and peeled the paper off leaving the leather right on the tray. I continued to dehydrate until crisp. If you wanted you could dehydrate less and use as fruit rollups. I have to tell you this stuff is delicious!!
Although it is addictive I put this in pint jars and sealed with oxygen absorbers. You could run it through a food processor and make a powder if you so desire but I just broke mine up in small pieces. This has a wonderful taste of maple syrup or honey, apples, nutmeg and cinnamon. I plan to add this to my morning oatmeal while cooking and the boiling water should melt it nicely. I am always in need of potassium. After radiation therapy my body has trouble absorbing nutrients due to radiation damage of the lower digestive system. Especially B12 and potassium. So much so that I have to wear B12 patches. Sweet potatoes are a High source of potassium. Throw in a hand full of my homegrown walnuts high in Omega 3 and who needs vitamins. Not to mention that oatmeal helps lower cholesterol. This should taste great in my oatmeal too. Considering making some rollups for the grandkids also!
I have to tell you though that I am going to make lots of this. Everyone in the house is eating my bark before I can even get it in the jars. This stuff is so good and only natural sweeteners : )
Blessings from The Holler
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