OK, I have my second wind and I'm trying another recipe for raw burgers.
The ingredients are:
---1/2 cup soaked sunflower seeds
---4 carrots, shredded
---1/4 cup mushrooms
---1/2 red pepper
---handful cauliflower or beets
---1/2 jalapeno (omit if you don't want spicy burgers)
---Pinch EACH: cumin, paprika, coriander, sage, black pepper, turmeric
1) Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until well mixed. Continue processing, adding a little water at a time until a not-too-wet dough forms.
Note: I didn't add ANY water--it was already sort of soupy.
OK, well, I like to pulse these things separately first, because sometimes the flavors get muddled if you do them all at once to start with.
Next, I added the spices. What constitutes "a pinch"? I used a little less than half a teaspoon of each.
Then after that, I pulsed it all together, to make the ....dough?
2) Form patties and place on non-stick sheets or fruit roll up sheets. Dehydrate for 2 hours at 115 degrees Fahrenheit. The moisture content keeps the temp a little lower than that inside the machine.
3) After two hours, reduce heat to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and continue drying 1 to 2 additional hours, until dry and firm enough to flip. You can speed it up, by taking the flipped patties off of the non stick and placing them on the screen or mesh.
Two more hours like this, or until you like. You can eat these immediately if you don't mind the soft mushy texture, but the dehydrator helps to form a solid patty. Be sure not over dry. Time varies per machine. You want them a little moist inside. Store in airtight container and eat in 3 to 4 days.
Here are the patties, but there is NO WAY I'm going to baby-sit this stuff for 5 hours and fiddle with different temps, so I put it in the dehydrator set on "raw" which is about 115 degrees, and I'll check on it in 2 or 3 hours to see if they're ready or if they'll need more.
And by the way, in the lettuce sandwiches with the Crunchy Green Nasties, the bigger patties didn't work that well so I used a quarter cup measure for these--it made 11 smaller patties exactly. I was VERY tempted to take a pinch of each one to make a 12th but ah well.
The raw dough or whatever, tastes really good, mildly seasoned and mostly like carrots.
So far so good--cross your fingers for me.
Also, here is my helper--he is the BEST natured person in the family during this raw food experimentation. I'm so so thankful for this kid!!
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Un-cooking time: 5 hours
Servings: 4 to 6