Topics for discussing dehydration, drying, and smoking as methods for food preservation
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Well, tonight, our son decides to tell us well after dinner that he signed up to take CARROT cake to school for a project they are doing in school. (He also has to write up an info-index card on the history of the food. (Thank goodness I found a Wikipedia page on it!)
So ... since I just L*O*V*E my new dehydrator, I decided to buy a 5 lb bag of carrots and dirty my food processor just once. Usually, I will freeze my shredded carrots. This time, I want to dehydrate them for longer storage and they'll not take up room in my freezer . I'm assuming I still need to blanch these shredded pieces, yes? Still for 5 min? Has anyone done this with SHREDDED carrots before? -k
Never mind .... just found my answer. I shouldda looked first . Here's what I found:
All vegetables except onions and peppers,and mushrooms should be washed, sliced, and blanched. Dry vegetables in single layers on trays. Depending of drying conditions, drying times make take longer. Dry vegetables at 130-degrees Fahrenheit.
* Carrots: Peel, slice or shred. Dry 6-12 hours until almost brittle.
I never blanch celery before drying, but do blanch carrots BEFORE shredding. They are a little limber, but they taste okay and easier to shred on a grater that way then it is to shred then blanch and try not to get clumps of shreds.
NOW you tell me! Oh well, it's done.
I shredded, while shredding for my carrott cake.
Blanching was quite a process, since I had a bazillion itty-bitty shredded pieces floating in Hot water (no strainer to cook them in that small). after cooling them down,
I actually squeezed them out by hand first (CLEAN hands!), then I actually spread them out on a clean dish towel, rolled them up like a sausage and squeezed, squeezed, squeezed to get as much water out as I could.
Then I used a fork and spread the now clumped pieces out, feathering them apart as much as I could. Knowing that I could dehydrate frozen corn and peas when they were touching and filling the tray, I didn't worry about spreading each and every itty bitty piece apart. As they are drying, I'll separate a bit more.
Already, I am AMAZED at how much they look reduced in size/amount! I can't imagine when they are dehydrated!
Do you know how much dehydrated = cup hydrated? (it'll save me playing around with that later, thank you!) -k
Shredded Carrots + Dehydration = itty bitty bitty bitty teeny tiny bits & pieces of carrots!
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