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The main ingredient in this wrap is butternut squash. I was quite pleased with the outcome in both the flavor and texture departments. The key to get a good flexible texture is to watch the dry time. If you end up over-drying the wrap, you can just spritz it with water to help soften it. Under dry it and you will have a gooey, sticky mess on your hands.
The flesh of a butternut is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A . I read that they are also high in Beta-carotene. This is the pigment that is responsible for the deep orange color of butternut squash and it is a powerful antioxidant. But lets not forget about the seeds! Butternut squash seeds are used as nutritious snack food since they contain 35-40% oil and 30% protein. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids that are a benefit for heart health. Separate the seeds from the flesh, and spread them out on the dehydrator sheet, dry at 115 degrees (F) for about 12 hours or until dry. Feel free to toss them with a little seasoning too. If you can’t find butternut squash you can always use pumpkin in its place.
Butternut squash is a winter-squash and are readily available in the markets from September until the middle of December. Look for mature product that features fine woody note on tapping, and is heavy in your hand. This is probably not a place to break out in a drum solo when trying to find the wood note… but there is nothing wrong with holding a beat and humming a song during the process. Be sure to avoid those with a wrinkled surface, funky spots, cuts, and bruises. Once at home, it can be stored for many weeks in cool, dry, well-ventilated place at room temperature. However, cut sections should be placed inside the refrigerator where they keep well for few days.
This wrap recipe is perfect to accommodate both sweet and savory dishes!
yields 2 1/2 cups
See the lighter blotches on the wrap? Those are wet spots, slide the wrap back into dehydrator until these are dry. The leather will be dry to touch but flexible.
You can see in the photo below how flexible the wrap is when done.