Dehydrating Veggies Headquarters!
Dehydrating veggies, whether they are fresh from the grocery
store or your garden, gives you your own private stock of peas, corn,
celery, potatoes, etc. on hand – all year 'round!
Don't forget you can dehydrate FROZEN veggies too! See the individual vegetables for applicable information.
Below the links: There's some more important information on how many vegetables fill
four dehydrator trays; along with the ideal temperature settings to use
while dehydrating your veggies; vegetable preparation; and how do I know
when the vegetables are done?
But first, check out the links below for your veggie:
Prep Now, Save Time Later!
Save Time Later!
When you bring your fresh veggies indoors, you can attend to them
right away ... get them washed, and dehydrated.
Trust me, this saves you
valuable prep time in the kitchen at mealtimes later on!
You can easily throw
together a very satisfying vegetable soup in less than ten minutes tops!
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How Many Fresh Veggies
Should I Buy
To Fill 4 Dehydrator Trays?
Click the link for a general guide
on how many fresh (or frozen)
veggies to buy to
fill 4 dehydrator trays.
What's The Ideal Temperature
to Use To Dehydrate Veggies?
Most vegetables are best dehydrated between 125°F and 135°F – any hotter than
that and you may cause the dehydrated vegetables to get a hard crust –
this is known as 'case hardening' and we need to prevent this from
Case hardening prevents the inside of the vegetable from
drying properly so don't be tempted to turn the food dehydrator on high
to speed up the process!
Mushrooms are the one vegetable that need special attention. Read more about mushrooms HERE.
Preparation for Dehydrating Vegetables
Some vegetables can be washed and sliced and dried with no further
preparation necessary. All frozen vegetables can be placed on your
dehydrator trays with no further preparation.
Please use the dehydrating vegetable clickable pictures at the top of the page for each specific vegetable.
Before opening your bag of frozen vegetables, throw the bag onto your
kitchen counter-top a few times to loosen any frozen vegetables that
may have frozen together in a clump!
If you have a few small persistent clumps, run the clump under cold water for a few seconds and that will fix it!
Or even easier than all that – leave the bag of frozen
vegetables unopened in your kitchen sink for about an hour and they'll
be good for slicing, if and when necessary.
Certain vegetables like fresh carrots, need to have a generous
spraying of lemon juice. We use lemon juice as a totally acceptable
substitute for ascorbic acid which is used by professional dehydrating
plants, and lemon juice works wonderfully! Two reasons for spraying
with lemon juice is to prevent the vegetables from darkening, and to
prevent bacterial growth during drying.
Dehydrated Veggies are Dry When ...
are Dry When ...
... they don't stick together! If you think your dehydrated vegetables
are dried enough, place the dehydrated vegetables in airtight bags (such
as Ziploc bags), and let them hang around your kitchen for a day or
This is known as conditioning
and this enables the air and any moisture in the bag to distribute
evenly – so that the dehydrated vegetables will be ready for vacuum
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