Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dehydrating Cauliflower

    Dehydrating is a great way to preserve your harvest.  When you dehydrate fresh cauliflower you are ensuring that you have cauliflower in stock at your home when ever you need it (whether it is the middle of winter or not).  The dehydrated cauliflower can easily be rehydrated when needed and used just as you would use fresh cauliflower.  It is great on it's own or you can add it into mashed potatoes, casseroles,  soups or toss it into a salad.

    Cauliflower is considered a superfood.  One serving of cauliflower contains over 75% of the RDA of Vitamin C.  It also a good source of Vitamin B6, folate, potassium and dietary fiber...and it tastes good to boot!  :-)

    Wash your cauliflower well and then core it and cut it into pieces.  Many people will tell you to blanch it first but I have dehydrated cauliflower both ways and found NO difference so I would skip this monotonous step.  Place the pieces onto your dehydrator trays.

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    Turn on your dehydrator and dehydrate about 8 hours or until the cauliflower is brittle.   To rehydrate, place in a bowl of ice water for 30 minutes and then toss into your favorite soup recipe, casserole, etc.  If you are eating cauliflower as a side dish on its own, soak in the iced water for 30 minutes and then place in boiling water for 15 minutes.

I also dehydrate turnips and parsnips

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