Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dried Vegetables


I have been spending a lot of my time lately testing out different ways to dry vegetables. in the past two weeks I have dried mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, and  potatoes. However my favorite has to be onions. Although the preparation left me with tears streaming down my face, in the end I had some pretty tasty onion chips.which I could crumble to make my own onion spice.

The easiest and quickest way to dry vegetables is to use a dehydrator. If you are like me, you don't have a dehydrator. I found that you can do this in your oven too. I just set this on my lowest temperature available.

I've heard people suggest 100-150 degrees Fahrenheit, but my oven only goes down to 200 otherwise it shuts off.At 100 degrees it takes about 12 hours, so at 200 degrees it only took about 6 hours.

I first came up with this idea when I found out my friend Michelle does not use onions after a certain time since  they have been cut (something about onions absorbing toxins if left out in dry air). -This one is for you Michelle-now you have a way to save your onions! Once dried any toxins that would have been in the vegetable would now be gone.

Ingredients: Onions

Directions: Heat Oven 150-200 degrees. Place vegetables on a pan (crinkled foil works best) in the oven until dried. Leave oven open a crack to encourage air circulation.

Drying button mushrooms.

Drying carrot chips!

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