How to Dehydrate Potato Chips

Crisps are thinly sliced potatoes that are baked, fried or dehydrated. They serve as a side dish, snack or appetizer. Crisps are available in many different flavours in grocery stores. Instead of purchasing crisps from the store, you can make your own at home with a food dehydrator. You can season dehydrated crisps to suit your personal tastes, and they will not contain preservatives and other additives.

Select fresh and ripe potatoes that are firm. Avoid potatoes that have green areas or sprouts. You can use virtually any potato such as Yukon Golds and Yellow Finns.

Scrub the potatoes with a vegetable brush. Rinse them under cool water to remove any dirt and debris.

Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler. Slice them into even and thin slices. Slice them as thin as possible for best results, but ensure that all the slices are even so that they dehydrate evenly.

Dip the potatoes into lemon juice. This will prevent them from discolouring.

Place the potato slices onto a mesh dehydrator sheet in a single layer. Spray with cooking oil. Sprinkle any desired seasonings such as salt or pepper over the potato slices.

Follow the manual that comes with your food dehydrator to ensure that you use it properly. Dehydrate the potato slices at 43.3 degrees Celsius for several hours or until they are dried completely. The slices are dried when they break in half crisply instead of bending.Spray

Allow the crisps to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container or storage bag.


You can leave the skin on the potatoes if you desire.


If you do not allow the crisps to fully dehydrate, they may spoil in two to three days.

Things You'll Need

  • Whole potatoes
  • Vegetable brush
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Lemon juice
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Mesh dehydrator sheets
  • Seasonings
  • Food dehydrator
  • Airtight container
  • Storage bag
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.