Since my dehydrated carrot chip recipe has more than 9,000 views on YouTube, I thought it would be fun to dehydrate another type of vegetable. So I thought, why not beets.
Beets have a naturally sweet flavor that’s perfect for dehydrating. Furthermore, making dehydrated beet chips is super easy since you only need red beets. However, before we get to the beet chips recipe, let’s discuss the health benefits of beets.
Health Benefits Of Beets
Red beets contain bioactive compounds, such as carotenoids, vitamins, and polyphenols which have anti-cancer properties. Additionally, beets are fiber-rich foods that can prevent cancer and benefit the digestive system.
Beets also have antioxidant effects that allow them to be used in treating impotence, cardiovascular disease, bladder stones, and anemia. Beets can also help manage blood pressure, boost energy, and enhance performance in athletes.
Traditional Iranian medicine uses beets to prevent and manage cancer, while Arabic and Chinese medicine use beets as a functional food for individuals with breast and colon cancer.
How Many Carbs Are In Beet Chips
One beet cup of beets has barely 10 grams of carbs. I used 3 beets, and this dehydrator beet chip recipe is enough to feed 2 people. Therefore, each serving of beet chips has 14.9 grams of carbs.
Are Beet Chips Keto-Friendly?
Unfortunately, beet chips contain too many carbs. As mentioned above, 1 serving of beet chips contains 14.8 carbs; 11.9 of these carbs are sugar. Therefore, consuming a small portion of beet chips may impede ketosis.
Should I Cook Beets Before Dehydrating Them
It is not necessary to cook beet chips before dehydrating them. However, cooking the beets for 1-2 minutes in boiling water can make them easier to peel.
Nevertheless, you can simply use a vegetable peeler to peel the beets. So, there is really no need to boil the beets.
How Long Do You Dehydrate Beets In A Dehydrator
Every dehydrator is different. Therefore it may take less or more time to dehydrate the beets.
It takes about 16-20 hours to dehydrate beet chips. I dehydrated the beet chips at 116℉, and it took about 20 hours.
Tips For Making Dehydrated Beet Chips
- To prevent the beets from staining your countertop, peel them on a sheet of wax paper.
- Cut the beet into thin slices. The thicker the beets, the longer they will take to dehydrate.
- Line your dehydrator trays with parchment paper. The moisture from the beets may turn the trays a red color.
- You can flip the beet chips over every hour to speed up the dehydrating process. This is a bit excessive, so I usually shift the dehydrator trays every 4-5 hours.
- These beet chips were crisp and slightly chewy. If you prefer crispier beet chips, dehydrate them for a longer time.
How To Make Beet Chips In The Oven
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can make beet chips in the oven. Dehydrating beets in the oven will take less time. Peel the beets, cut them into thin slices, then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Heat your oven to its lowest temperature. Place the beets into the oven and dehydrate them for 4-6 hours. Check the beets every hour to ensure they do not burn.
How To Store Dehydrated Beet Chips
The dehydrated beet chips can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for 2 weeks. However, the beet chips may only last 1 week if you live in a hot climate.