I’ve been doing quite a bit of vegetable dehydrating lately. But I have to tell you that not all of my attempts have been successful.
The first “sort of” failure was celery (sorry, I can’t seem to locate my celery dehydrating pics). I think I cut the celery too thick, or maybe I needed to blanch it first. I’ll have to do some more research on dehydrating celery. The reason I know it’s a failure is because when hubby tried to rehydrate it at work for his Ramen soup, he didn’t like it. He said they were chewy and not soft. I tried to rehydrate some at home and came to the same conclusion. I didn’t want to throw them away… so I made celery powder out of them 🙂 and I’ll be using it as an ingredient for the green onion dip mix I’m trying to create.
The next “sort of” failure was Pasilla chilies. I saw fresh ones on sale at Food 4 Less a few weeks ago, so I picked up about eight or nine of them to dehydrate. I figured if I could dehydrate them myself, I might be able to save some money from buying those prepackaged ones from the Spanish markets. And I could remove the seeds and stems before dehydrating to make it easier to make the sauce for tamales.
Well, they did dehydrate, but they weren’t dark-dark red (almost black) like the pre-packaged ones. Hubby suggested roasting them before I dehydrate them. Again, I’ll have to do some more research on this. Or if you know how those pre-packaged ones are done, please tell me 🙂
The third and final “sort-of” failure was tomatoes. This week I found a fantastic deal in the 50% off cart at Fresh & Easy. I didn’t even know there was such a thing, and to my surprise I found five clam shell containers of Heirloom, Roma and yellow cherry tomatoes at the bottom of the basket for either .50 or .70 cents!!! (I will tell you that to take the best advantage of the 50% off cart, get there as soon as they open in the morning. I actually started pulling the tomatoes out of the cart before they had even been marked down… LOL! And there was tons of bread in the cart… so if you haven’t started or don’t want to bake bread at home… this might be an option for you to save money.)
Two days later, I decided to dehydrate those marked down tomatoes to see if I could make my own tomato powder. Heck, what could I lose, the tomatoes cost less than $4! So, I cut them up, put them in the dehydrator outside on my work table and………. I forgot about them….
…….. as you can see, some of them turned black and seem burnt. I think I know two other reasons why this happened. First, I didn’t clean the screens after dehydrating apples slices that I’d soaked in lemon juice. Second, I believe those black ones in the back tray were just cut way to thin. I tossed the really dark ones into the compost pile and put the rest into my little coffee grinder (which has now become my “turning-dehydrated-vegetables-to-veggie-powder” grinder).
The color was a little lighter than the Honeyville Tomato powder that I reviewed earlier, but I’m sure that’s because I had orange, red and yellow tomatoes mixed together. The powder smells really good. So maybe this really wasn’t failure after all.
Now therefore, it is already an utter failure
for you that you go to law against one another.
Why do you not rather accept wrong?
Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?
1 Corinthians 6:7 (NKJV)