I think you should know before I write anything else that I have a weakness for potato chips. The reason I exercise is so I can eat chips. Yes, I am shamelessly one of those people. Unfortunately, the older I get the more I have to exercise in order to eat smaller and smaller portions of chips. At least the chips that we typically know as chips. You know the ones: hydrogenated oils, artificial coloring, monosodium glutamate (whatever that is), and the list goes on. BUT I have discovered a new way to make homemade chips in the microwave, and I’ve got to tell you – I am in love. No hydrogenated oils – in fact, no oils at all! No artificial coloring or flavoring of any kind. No mystery ingredients of any kind. How are these wonder chips made you might ask? I will tell you, or rather, I will show you. I’d like to give a special thanks to my friend Lani who clued me in to the Pampered Chef Microwave Chip Maker.
You can use potatoes (russet, red, or yellow), Sweet Potatoes or yams, apples, or yucca. I tried the russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and apple.
Now, this would be an exhausting project if you tried to slice everything up by hand – unless you just LOVE to slice, and you are so adept you can generate slice after slice of 1mm-thick cuts. Otherwise I would suggest using a slicer. I used my Simple Slicer (also by Pampered Chef) and was able to have everything sliced and ready to go in a matter of minutes. (If you are starting to sense I am a Pampered Chef junkie, then you are right. They have the best kitchen products – great quality, great functionality, and almost everything they sell comes with a warranty.)
After you get everything sliced, lay them out on a paper towel and season. I used Season All Season Salt on some and regular salt on others. You could use sea salt or low sodium salt to keep the sodium down if you prefer. Then press with a paper towel to eliminate extra moisture. Next lay them on the Microwave Chip Maker in a single layer.
Then you can stack the chip makers in the microwave to double up on batches. The suggested cook times for all of these items are around 4 min, but every microwave is a little different so you will want to keep a close eye on them for your first couple of batches. It took my chips about 6 min until they were light and crispy.
They were so tasty too; my family gobbled them all up – apple, russet potato, and sweet potato chips. These are great for packing in school lunches or taking to work for an afternoon snack. And best of all, I don’t have to exercise myself to death just to have my beloved chips! I highly recommend the Pampered Chef Microwave Chip Maker and the Simple Slicer. See my endorsed Pampered Chef link for more information and to get yours too; you will not be disappointed!