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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dehydrating Parsnips

  Parsnips are one of those vegetables that a lot of people have not heard of or know much about.  A parsnip is related to the carrot and to parsley.  When you see one, it almost looks like a pale carrot and like the carrot, it is a root vegetable.

    As far as taste goes, a parsnip is sweeter than a carrot but when baked it gets a very distinct nutty flavor.  A parsnip can be eaten raw, baked, roasted, fried or steamed.  They taste delicious in soups and casseroles and they add a very rich flavor to whatever dish you put them in.

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Fresh from the garden parsnips. 
   My favorite way to preserve parsnips is to dehydrate them.  First you cut off both ends of the parsnips (as you would a carrot).  Instead of peeling the parsnips, I just scrub them with a kitchen scrubber.  Next, get out your mandolin and slice the parsnips.  Once they are sliced, just place them on the dehydrator tray and let them dehydrate about 4 hours.  They do not take long at all to get nice and crisp.

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Sliced parsnips on the dehydrator tray

  Once they are completely dehydrated, store in a baggie or mason jar.  To use, soak them for about 45 minutes in really hot water.  You can then throw them into a soup, casserole, or even mash them up as you would make mashed potatoes but instead make mashed parsnips (which really are quite yummy).

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Dehydrated parsnips

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