Dehydrating Carrots ~ A Great Source of Beta Carotene!
Dehydrating carrots is easy to do and carrots are well-known for
their great source of beta carotene (Vitamin A), and are a great source
of Folate, and Vitamin K.
Carrots rank well for their mineral content: Calcium, Phosphorus,
Potassium, and Magnesium.
Carrots' trace minerals are Fluoride, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, and Copper ... and they give you orange hands when handling, so use those
latex gloves for protection ... and to keep your germs off the carrots!
Carrots contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids too.
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Use Fresh Or Frozen Baby Carrots
When dehydrating carrots, I prefer to use fresh whole carrots and slice them after peeling, but
you can use whole frozen baby carrots with great results.
Note that baby carrots WILL take longer to dehydrate due to their size/thickness.
Frozen carrots are a great stand-in and require absolutely NO preparation!
Fresh carrots need peeling then slicing, or grating, and I highly
recommend a mandoline for the slicing.
BE CAREFUL with a mandoline slicer ...
they're very sharp!
Check out our Dehydrated Carrot recipes!
Check out this fantastic carrot soup recipe, either make it from fresh or dehydrated carrots, plus we have Delicious Carrot Cake to share with you too!
If you want to have dehydrated carrots put away for making the
carrot cake at a later date, then we suggest using the fruit roll sheets
to keep the finely grated carrots from falling through the food
Learn how to RE-hydrate your carrots here.
Use A Non-Plastic Bowl
When you have finished slicing or grating, place the carrots in a
glass bowl (or any non-plastic bowl as plastic stains easily and holds odors). Spray with lemon juice, tossing
the carrots as you go to make sure they're sprayed evenly.
TIP: Use a pump-top from a new unused spray bottle, pick one that
fits your lemon juice bottle. Look for a bottle that has a long enough
plastic tube that will reach to the bottom of your lemon juice bottle.
No Lemon Juice?
Do This Instead!
If you don't have any lemon juice you can choose to blanch your sliced carrots instead in a small
amount of boiling water for about 3 minutes.
Dehydrating Carrots ~ The Easy Way!
Arrange your sliced carrots
on your food dehydrator trays, leave space between the carrots so they're not
touching each other, to allow the warm air to do its job. If dehydrating grated
carrots, spread them out as much as possible on your fruit roll trays (or use
plastic wrap AND cut out A HOLE in the center for the air to circulate if using a Nesco dehydrator!)
- Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F
(or per your food dehydrator's instructions).
- Dehydrated carrots will be leathery when fully dried.
- Drying time: between 6-12 hours.
- Please remember to rotate your dehydrator trays, for even drying
and place any larger carrot pieces on the outside edges of the
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