I have a wish list.
Not a weird thing to have. Lots of people have wish lists. Lots of people have things they’d like to have, things they would want special others to buy them for special days.
My wish list, though, is full of kitchen gadgets. I don’t need no diamonds and fur jackets, just give me a kitchen torch. Nevermind that I will probably only use it once a year. It’s on the list.
A rice cooker. Nevermind that I don’t actually have room for a rice cooker, but I DO already have these pots and pans that are capable of doing exactly the same thing. It’s on the list.
I do have some more realistic kitchen gadgets on my list. Cookie scoops and a couple Silpat’s would be nice. But recently I got something that has been on my wish list for a while: a mandolin. Part of the reason the items on my kitchen wish list remain on my wish list for so long is because it causes me physical pain to pay full price for just about anything, especially if I can really live without it. But recently I was able to get a mandolin for next to nothing, and I have since put it to use. Making apple chips.
I’ve always wanted to make different fruit and veggie chips for my kids as a healthy snack, but who wants to painstakingly thinly slice them by hand? So when I finally got my mandolin, I set out to make apple chips and my kids devoured them. Like there was a pan sitting on the table cooling and in the time it took me to check Facebook (what?) he had eaten the ENTIRE pan. Since then, they’ve been snacking on apple chips like they’re candy and I’ve been throwing them in the world’s best granola that I eat in the world’s best homemade Greek yogurt all day long. I can’t stop. Really. Those recipes will be coming some time.
So, if you have a mandolin, make some apple chips. Or cut them thinly by hand. It can be done. If you don’t get them perfectly thin, no big deal. Just bake them a little longer. Either way, you will have a healthy and delicious snack. And like potato chips, you can’t eat just one. These are more of a whole-pan-at-once kind of thing.