Dehydrating broccoli is easy whether you're using fresh or frozen! The only problem with frozen broccoli that I've noticed is that it tends to be very bitty i.e. there's not usually plenty of broccoli florets, (maybe I need to spend more on a better quality brand?)
Frozen broccoli is a great stand-in for fresh when it's out of season, as we all love fresh broccoli when it's tossed raw in salads or used as a dipper during summer! Avoid the solid blocks of frozen broccoli, buy the bags of loose florets instead.
Did you know that broccoli has been around for over 2000 years and counting? Don't know if folk have been dehydrating broccoli for that long though!
Broccoli is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, Folate, Choline and has trace amounts of Niacin, Vitamin E, Thiamine.
Broccoli's minerals are Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, and Magnesium.
Trace minerals are Iron, Zinc, Manganese, and Selenium.
Broccoli also contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids too.
If using frozen broccoli, ignore steps 1 and 2 coming up below.
NOTE: if your frozen broccoli has clumped together in the bag, prior to opening the bag drop it gently on your counter-top a few times – this helps to loosen it up!
If you still have a few small clumps on your dehydrator trays, simply run the clumps under clean cool water for a few seconds, and that will do the trick!
Or leave broccoli unopened in the bag in the kitchen sink for an hour, you will be able to slice the big florets very easily after that.
Get Going Dehydrating Broccoli Now! Add dried broccoli to your arsenal of dehydrated vegetables – so you won't run out! If your kids see you eating broccoli and actually enjoying it, you stand a better chance of your kids eating it too! :-)
When dried broccoli is re-hydrated, it is superb as broccoli soup, as well as a souffle and works well as a sauce!
How about broccoli with cheese! Yummy!
Add some carrots too, garnish with a sprig of parsley.
And let's not forget to add broccoli in quiches too! Granted, it isn't as good as fresh, but it's a close second ... and that's why dehydrated broccoli works well in soups and sauces.