Vegetables are known for their versatility and the fact that you can do just about anything you want with them. If you are in the mood for a fresh and cool snack, there are plenty of vegetables that can be used for this.
If you want to make a vegetarian-friendly dish that is full of savory flavors, you can also get this done with a plethora of different vegetables. If you want a chip-like snack without all of the fat and carbs, then you can also turn to vegetables other than the potato to get the job done.
It should come as no surprise that vegetables are as versatile as they are, given the fact that there are so many different kinds of vegetables out there. There are some that are more or less used to absorb other flavors in broths and sauces and then there are some vegetables that can completely make the flavor of a dish on their own.
Some vegetables are not ones that people would traditionally eat for a snack and others can be a wonderful, healthy alternative to some standard snacks out there.
For example, potato chips are an incredibly common snack that people all around the world enjoy. Some potato chips are healthier than others but it is a general agreement that chips are not a very nutritious snack and they tend to have more problems than benefits if you are trying to be healthy.
Some people may be surprised to learn that there are actually some vegetables out there that can make a good replacement for the traditional potato chip.
After all, all you really have to do to recreate the standard potato chip is thinly cut a vegetable, fry the slices, and salt and season them to your pleasure. There is no better vegetable for getting this job done than the zucchini.
Zucchini are the perfect healthier alternative to a potato when it comes down to creating the perfect veggie chip. Zucchini are well known for their mild flavoring as they are often used to add some texture to dishes that have tasty sauces, which the zucchini will usually absorb the flavor of.
In addition to this, the zucchini has a fair few nutrients in it as well, making it a good alternative if you want to be healthy.
With all of this being said, when it comes time for you to make the zucchini chips, there is going to be a very good chance that you will make more than you intend on eating in one sitting.
Considering that you have more or less cooked all of the water out of the zucchini during the chip-making process, you might be wondering how important it is to store the chips and if you even have to take any precautions when keeping your zucchini chips fresh.
The short answer is yes, you do have to take a few precautions to keep your zucchini chips fresh as they are still made from fresh vegetables and do not contain any preservative agents in them.
Keeping Your Zucchini Chips Fresh
Because of the nature of making and creating zucchini chips, you aren’t going to have to worry nearly as much about keeping them fresh as you would with a standard zucchini.
One of the goals of making good, crispy, crunchy chips is to try and get all of the water out of them so that they are not mushy or soggy in any way. All that is really left of the zucchini at this point is a dried-out husk that happens to be seasoned to perfection.
You should still be mindful of keeping the zucchini chips stored in an airtight container or bag, simply to make sure that they do not become stale or lose their flavoring. At this point, you can compare their shelf life to that of a bag of chips.
Of course, if you leave a bag of chips out on the counter, exposed to the elements and contaminants in the air, they are going to become stale and lose their taste.
This also applies to zucchini chips. They need to be stored in an airtight container or even a plastic sealable bag, for you to maintain their flavor and texture.
More often than not, you can choose to put the zucchini chips into a sealable bag and leave them on the counter. They can potentially last several weeks this way, assuming that your kitchen does not have a notably different humidity or temperature compared to the standard kitchen.
In some cases, you may be worried about the chips losing their flavor or losing their crisp texture.
In this case, you could consider putting the chips in the fridge rather than on your countertop. Do keep in mind that this will mean that instead of standard room-temperature chips, you will be stuck with cold chips.
For some people, this extra security in knowing that the chips are in no position for anything to happen to them makes it all worth it in the end.
If you do not have a sealable bag for you to store the chips in or you do not have an airtight container that you can use, there are a few other ways that you could consider storing your chips.
For example, you could consider finding another sealable container that may not be completely airtight but just enough so that you can keep your chips safe without needing to worry about them.
In the end, storing your zucchini chips is not something that you will have to give a lot of thought to. They are pretty forgiving about being stored in different environments and when stored properly, it can take a lot to take down your zucchini chips to an unpalatable level.
As long as you have a sealable container of some type, whether it is a bag, a box, or a bowl, you can rest assured knowing that your zucchini chips will retain their freshness and their taste, allowing you to come back to them to snack on.
More often than not, you won’t even have to think about long-term storage because these chips will be gone before you know it and you will be ready to make more of them.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.