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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Preparedness Quick Tip: Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

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Did you know you can dehydrate frozen vegetables right out of the bag?  Frozen veggies are one of the easiest things to dehydrate as the blanching prep work has already been done for you before they were frozen.  Just open the bag of frozen vegetables and empty it onto your dehydrator trays.  If the veggies are bulky like broccoli or cauliflower, you may want to partially thaw them and cut them into smaller pieces before drying to make the drying go faster and give you a more “ready to eat” size finished product.  Dry the frozen veggies until they are crispy dry.  The drying time will vary depending on the thickness of the vegetables you start with, but 6-8 hours is usually sufficient.

Dehydrating your frozen vegetables will give them a longer shelf life so you don’t end up with a mass of frost and veggies in the back of the freezer and it will also free up some space in your freezer for other foods.  You can frequently pick up frozen vegetables on sale or with coupons to make them pretty inexpensive.  Dehydrate them and you’ve got some cheap dehydrated vegetables that are perfect for adding to soups or re-hydrating for use in other meals.