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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dehydrating Zucchini

   We have been harvesting HUGE zucchini from our garden this year.  It is the end of August and my hubby is still bringing in a few of them a day.  There is only so much you can eat before it seems to be coming out of your ears.  What to do with it all you may ask?  You can make Parmesan Zucchini; Zucchini bread; Zucchini sticks or you can dehydrate it and make Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chips, or dehydrate it for future use in cubes or by shredding it.  Today, I'm going to show you how to dehydrate the cubed zucchini.

     First, wash your zucchini and cut off the ends.

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Slice the ends off the zucchi.


  Now, cut the zucchini in half and scoop out the seeds and stuff.    We feed this too our chickens. 
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A bowl full of zucchini "pulp" and seeds for our chickens.


Now, start cutting the zucchini into cubes.

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Cubing the zucchini.

 Once it is all cut up, place in your dehydrator for about 12 hours.  I just start mine before I go to bed and after my morning coffee, they are done. 

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The dehydrated zucchini cubes.
   Use the dehydrated zucchini in soups, stews, or casseroles.  You can rehydrate them first (15 minute soak in hot water) or just throw them in dry into the soup or whatever and they cook up just fine.


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8 comments:

  1. I dream of owning a dehydrator! I tried drying strawberries in the oven once (a la Pinterest) but it was a flop. I tend to shred my zucchini and freeze it in one cup packages.

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    1. Hi! Thanks for dropping by. I have a relatively cheap dehydrator. It cost less than $40 and I've had it nearly 3 years and use it all the time with no problems. Would I love to own a high dollar Excalibur? Sure, but mine does the job and at the end of the day, that's what matters. Here is a link to a dehydrator exactly like mine: http://astore.amazon.com/prover6averse-20/detail/B002LVUG2I

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  2. What a great idea. I never thought of dehydrating zucchini. Unfortunately our zucchini crop got attacked this year by vine borers.

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    1. Lisa, I am so sorry about your zucchini harvest. How did the rest of your garden turn out? We had virtually NO tomatoes this year. :-(

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  3. You must have read my mind when you posted this, because I have been really thinking about getting a dehydrator lately! :-) I will look into the one you suggested. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/09/try-new-recipe-tuesday-september-10.html

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    1. Sorry in my delay in responding. Anyway, did you buy a dehydrator yet?

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  4. I just ordered my dehydrator. And wait put it too use. Many veggies will be used this year from our garden. Have you ever made your own onion powder?

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    1. Yes, I have and I make other vegetable powders too. Great way to thicken up and flavor recipes. :-)

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