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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dehydrating Carrots

    At my home, my favorite way to preserve the harvest from our garden is by dehydrating.  It takes a lot less work and takes up a lot less space when you dehydrate.  For example, if you were to open up a store-bought can of peas and dehydrate the peas, that entire can would fit into 1/3 cup measuring cup.  And when you dehydrate your items, they are preserved for a LONG time (years).

     To dehydrate carrots, wash the carrots, peel them and cut off the ends.
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I save the carrot peelings and feed them to our chickens and rabbits.

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  Then cut the carrots into small chunks and place in your dehydrator.
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   I just turn on my dehydrator when I go to bed and it is done in the morning.


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  To rehydrate the carrots, just put them in hot water for 15 minutes or just toss into your favorite soup, stew, or casserole.  I also use my dehydrated veggies in my "meal-in-a-jar" recipes (such as my Chicken & Rice Soup mix in a jar).  The dehydrator I have used for the past 3 years is an Oster and is priced less than $40.  You can by one for yourself here.
   Check out my post about dehydrating carrots into carrot "coins".



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6 comments:

  1. I love to dehydrate now that I have a decent dehydrator! All my extra smidges of veggies get dehydrated for soups and such. Herbs, onions, bell peppers, celery... all get dehydrated and ground for seasoning. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Leilani. I do the same thing. I love to dehydrate and make vegetable powders too.

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  2. I have a dehydrator but have never used it that much. You have inspired me to use it more with vegetables and in my garden this coming year. Patricia from Tennessee

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    1. Patricia, great. I really hope you do. I love dehydrating and it is easier and takes up less space than canning.

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  3. We started dehydrating lots of veges, even just a few we would have left over and add them to a canning jar in the cupboard. I've not done carrots yet but they would be a perfect fit.

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    1. Kathy, I do the same thing. If we do not eat all of the vegetables from a meal, I don't care if it's less than a serving, I dehydrate it. It adds up! Thanks for stopping by!

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