Monday, July 25, 2011

Dehydrating Carrots and Celery

This weekend I decided to try out the dehydrator. I've never used it before but have been wanting to learn more ways to preserve food. I used some carrots and celery in the fridge that I knew we would not be able to eat before they went bad. 

The above picture is what I started with. You can see I also tried sugar snap peas. They turned out horrible. Lets not mention them again. 

I cut the celery and carrots about 1/4 inch thick and spread them out on the dehydrator tray. 

Then I turned the dehydrator on and left them overnight. In the morning they were nice and crispy. It's important to make sure you get all the moisture out so they will not mold. 

It was super easy to do this. Now I'll have veggies on hand for soups even when I haven't had time to go to the store or in case of an emergency.

I will definitely be doing this again. I just ordered this book from amazon. I hope it gives me some more good ideas for dehydrating and way to use the dehydrated food. 

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  1. how long do they last? and what happens to them once you add them to soup? do they fluff up again? I LOVE This!! I have a dehydrator on my "wish list" ...along with a juicer and ice cream maker.

  2. How long they last depends on a lot of different factors including moisture content, storage temperature and container but they should last several years.

    I think they will fluff up again when you add them to soups but I haven't tried that myself yet since this is the first time I've dehydrated.

    Did you ever eat those ramen cups with the dehydrated corn and carrots in them? I think it will be sorta like that. You know without all the noddles and msg.

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