Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dehydrating Carrots - How to

Recently, we picked up some really cool carrots from our farmer's market. We couldn't possibly eat them all so we decided to save the rest by dehydration. During the process, I tried to record all of the steps in the hopes of helping other who may want to do this as well.

Step 1 - Prep work
Remove and greens that are left on the carrots. Also, remove the ends of the carrots.

Step 2 - Wash
Next wash the carrots thoroughly in cool water.

Step 3 - Cut the carrots
Cut the carrots into 1/4" thick slices

Step 4 - Blanch the carrots
Bring a pot of water to boil. Next, place the carrots in the boiling water for two minutes

Step 5 - Ice bath
Immediately cool the carrots in ice water to stop the blanching process.

Step 6 - Dehydrate.
Strain the carrot slices and lay them on the racks in the dehydrator. Make sure that the pieces are not touching.

Step 7 - Wait.
Set the temperature of your dehydrator to 135 degrees and a timer for 6 hours.


Step 8 - Store.
Remove the dehydrated carrots from heat ant let them cool for 30 minutes, then store them in a ziplock or Food Saver bag.

You are now ready to enjoy the carrots in soups and stews. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it helps you!

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