DEHYDRATING 101

DEHYDRATING VEGETABLES 101

 

SWEET BELL PEPPERS

Sweet Bell Peppers are high in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Low in Sodium
  • Low in Calories
  • Loaded With Beta-Carotene
  • The Green peppers are not as sweet as the Yellow or Red

To Dehydrate I use nice, thick-skinned Peppers.  I trim out  the core by cutting around the top and I pull the core out with the seeds.  Then I trim out the white sections and rinse out the rest of the seeds.  I dry at 125*F/52*C until crisp and make a clicking sound on my counter.  I use the dried peppers in stews, soups and coleslaw. 

 

CARROTS

Carrots are high in Beta-Carotene.  Raw or Steamed is the most nutritious way to eat them. They are known to prevent Oxidative damage inside the body.  Only one-quarter of a cup of carrots lowers the risk of Cardio Vascular Disease.  Carrots also inhibit the growth of Colon Cancer Cells. Carrots come in:

  • Red
  • White 
  • Purple
  • Orange

Carrots are related to Dill, Parsley, Fennel, Cumin, Parsnips, Anise, and Caraway.  Carrots can grow 3′ long or 2″long.

To Dehydrate:

  • Wash, Trim Tops, Scrape or Peel if Dirty
  • Slice into 1/8″ Strips or Circles 
  • You can Pretreat By Blanching
  • Dry at 125*F/52*C

I Throw dried Carrots into Soups and Stews as they will rehydrate in the water of the Soup or Stew as it cooks.  If I use in Coleslaw or Salads or Cake I rehydrate the Carrots first.

CELERY

Celery is a Vegetable and its’ Seed is utilized as a Spice.  It has:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Vitamin C
  • Flavonoids
  • Plus Other Anti-Oxidants
  • Lowers Blood Pressure

To Dehydrate:

  • Scrub any Dirt Off of Leaves and Stalks
  • Slice Stalks into 1/4″ Strips
  • Dry at 125*F/52*C until the Stalks are like Leather and Leaves are Brittle
  • Celery is Considered Poor For Dehydrating by Excalibur
  • I Dry Celery All The Time For Everyday Use

I Keep Celery Around to Throw into Stews, Soups, and Coleslaw.

 

I keep SWEET BELL PEPPERS, CARROTS and CELERY on my table at all times as  I use them constantly in many dishes..   Dehydrating has saved me money as well as giving me peace of mind as I will always have these ingredients on hand when a dish calls for it.

As Always, check with your Doctor for any changes in diet as well as checking to see if any foods interfere  with any medicines you are taking.  Everyone is different and foods and medicines affect everyone differently.

“Happy Dehydrating”

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