Dehydrating Butternut Squash
Dehydrating butternut squash takes a little prep work but is loaded
with vitamin A, followed by vitamin C, Folate, vitamin E, vitamin K,
Niacin, and trace amounts of Pantothenic Acid and Thiamine, so it's well
worth your time and energy.
In the butternut squash's mineral department potassium ranks
high, followed by calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, with trace amounts of
selenium, manganese, and zinc. Butternut squash also contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids too.
Although butternut squash can be difficult to peel, it's well
worth the effort!
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If you want to try your hand at making butternut squash soup, check out this Butternut Squash Soup recipe from AllRecipes.com Photo above is NOT from their website, but you can use it for serving inspiration!
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This vegetable needs to be steamed
lightly first, to aid in the dehydrating process.
Butternut squash makes
a great soup, and purées well for
sauces, but my main use of it is for my Chicken Chow dog food!
If using frozen butternut squash, ignore steps 1 and 2.
I'd like to make a note here that I have not tried dehydrating
puréed frozen butternut squash, but I think it would work just fine on
the fruit roll sheets! Just let it thaw out first ...
- Peel the butternut squash and cut into 3/4 inch strips, or cubed butternut squash is fine for more even drying
- Steam over boiling water for about 7 minutes, or until your squash is tender
- Arrange the butternut squash on your dehydrator trays, making sure they don't overlap each other.
- Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between
125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions) and that's
all there is to it!
- Drying time: between 7-10 hours.
- Butternut squash will be leathery in consistency when dried.
- Please remember to rotate your dehydrator trays for even drying.
I would like to add here that it's better to have even-sized pieces of
the squash on the dehydrator trays – it dries out better and at the
same rate, so you're NOT taking off the small pieces and still running
the dehydrator to finish drying the larger pieces.
Don't let my photo of
the bigger piece of butternut squash on the dehydrator tray (shown in previous photo) lead you astray! Oops, sorry about that ... :-)
Butternut Squash Steaming and Dehydrated Butternut Squash
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