It begins with Apples...

I have decided that this is the year of the dehydrator. My intentions are simple...make homebase snacks as well as backcountry ready meals for all of our adventures. This intention has begun with a simple start - apple chips! It will get wilder, I promise, but for now Co and I will master the Apple Chip. 

 

 The set up: Kitchen table. Bowls for both apples and apple peels. Cutting board and a good knife. A small bowl with lemon juice, water, and cinnamon (for dipping the apples befor he go on the rack), and our $14 dehydrator from Value Village. And of course...the best cooking parter a mother can ask for, her son.

The set up: Kitchen table. Bowls for both apples and apple peels. Cutting board and a good knife. A small bowl with lemon juice, water, and cinnamon (for dipping the apples befor he go on the rack), and our $14 dehydrator from Value Village. And of course...the best cooking parter a mother can ask for, her son.

Three or so years back when we found out that our first kid was a boy, I was determined to raise him to be comfortable and confident in the kitchen. His daily responsibilities from the moment he was able was to help out with measuring, mixing, dumping, stirring...all the important stuff! He loves to cook and ask questions and I am one proud mom. Today he spent the morning (post tobogganing date with the neighbours) helping make apple chips.  

 

 Canadian Apples :) 

Canadian Apples :) 

Lately Co's favourite fruit is apples so making apple chips obviously involved consuming many of the prepared pieces before they made it onto the dehydrator racks (I may have helped in that process). Regardless...we filled the racks (and our bellies) with apples as we watched the snow fall in the backyard. 

 

 His favourite part (other then apple consumption) was the dipping process. His least favourite part was the taste of the lemon dip as well at the whole dehydration part...waiting is hard to do when you are three. 

His favourite part (other then apple consumption) was the dipping process. His least favourite part was the taste of the lemon dip as well at the whole dehydration part...waiting is hard to do when you are three. 

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It's been a dad show the past few months. Apparently Coen is unaware (or unphased) by my ability and willingness to play. I know I will get my fair share of his attention later but for now I'll take the moments when he's up for creating something cool with me...and all the hugs and "I love you"s I get along the way.

Soon the dehydration adventure will involve something more elaborate with a few fails and mishaps along the way. Hopefully, over the next few months, I can start to stock pile some delicious sauces and recipes for the summer's adventures. Once I feel like I have it nailed I will post some recipes. Until then...keep your eye out for a dehydrator and come along for the adventure! 

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