Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dehydrating Okra

   I like okra but only if it is coated and fried.  That is how I have always been until I tried dehydrating it.  Once it is dehydrated it does not have that sliminess and tastes really good.  I dehydrate our okra in 2 ways.  Both are great.

     The first way we cut off the ends and discard them (actually we feed them to the ducks and chickens).  Then slice the okra and put them on the dehydrator trays.

Dehydrating okra, okra chips, how to used dehydrated okra

   Let them dehydrate overnight or for 8-10 hours.  Remove and store in a glass mason type jar.  These can be thrown into a soup, stew or into gumbo.

   The other way like to dehydrate okra is to make an okra snack.  Just rinse your okra well and dip each pod into a bowl of vinegar.  Shake off the excess and place the whole pieces of okra onto the dehydrator tray.  Now take some paprika and sprinkle it over the pods generously.

Dehydrating okra, okra chips, how to used dehydrated okra

 Let them dehydrate about 15 hours (or overnight).  Remove and store in a mason type jar.  These are a great standalone snack.  Very crunchy and delicious.  Dehydrating the okra really concentrates the flavors well.

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  1. I just started dehydrating my okra this year (We finally broke down and bought a dehydrator.), but am very intrigued about the Okra snack! My okra is already gone, but I am definitely pinning this to try it next season. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for pinning this. We like okra but don't eat a lot of it. We eat some and get burned out on it quickly as we harvest it so love this way of preserving it so we can munch on it when we want without it going to waste.

  2. chuck just wants to knowAugust 4, 2018 at 12:36 AM

    Can you slice and dehydrate okra and then batter and fry it? Sight and flavor still pleasing?

  3. Hi, Can you recommend a dehydrate to buy? Thank you

    1. Any dehydrator would work for your first dehydrator. I bought my first one (a round one) from Wal-mart for about $35 and it worked great for me for 3 years. Second one was the same. I now own one is Gourmia from Amazon. It is a large one similar in looks to an Excalibur but a fraction of the cost.


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