*Includes affiliate link I was dehydrating lots of vegetables from my garden. Each one was placed in a repurposed glass jar in my pantry. Then I decided to assemble various dry veggies, add some seasoning and make dehydrated salsa in a jar as a gift. The gift recipients LOVED IT!
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Dehydrating Garden Vegetables
So, y’all know I’ve been virtually a dehydrating fool since I got my * Excalibur Dehydrator . So much fun!
I love that my healthy garden vegetables take up so little space when dehydrated and no additional energy is needed for them to stay preserved.
Recently I diced fresh tomatoes from my garden and dried them. I’ll use these tomatoes the same way I’d use canned diced tomatoes, a common item on my grocery list.
But as I bundled up those pretty red dehydrated diced tomato jewels into a glass jar I got to wondering – wouldn’t it be cool if I could make salsa where all you do is add the boiling water, stir, rehydrate and eat?
I sat out to experiment.
I love to have all those dehydrated veggies in my pantry, their pretty sparkling glass jars lined up smartly on the shelves.
I’ve been using those dehydrated goodies in my simmering soups when I make endless-soup lunches for RancherMan & me. And of course I also often rehydrate and use them in dishes I’m cooking.
But now I’m thinking about dehydrated salsa. That would be SO COOL!
These have all been dehydrated over the last several months from ripe veggies straight from my garden.
OMGoodness that’s a whole lot of garden goodness right there!
Combining Dehydrated Ingredients
So I started experimenting with the proportions. I pulled out a pint canning jar and poured in about a cup of dehydrated tomatoes.
Then I added about 2 tablespoons of dehydrated chopped onion, 1/2 tablespoon of dehydrated chopped cilantro, 2 teaspoons dehydrated bell pepper and about 1/4 teaspoon of dehydrated garlic and stirred it all together.
Rehydrating My Dehydrated Salsa
Now for the test run. I heated a cup of water to almost boiling and poured it into my jar of dehydrated ingredients.
I added 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar and stirred it all together, making sure to push all dehydrated bits down into the water.
Then I placed the top back on the jar loosely so it would kind of steam inside the jar and rehydrate everything.
I typically wait about 15 minutes when I’m rehydrating veggies. But since this was a larger quantity than I usually rehydrate at one time I just let the liquid cool in the jar. All in all probably about 30-45 minutes before I tasted it.
Oh yeah – this is great. I’m about to dehydrate some of my hot, hot, HOT jalapeno peppers from the garden and I’ll zap the heat in my salsa a little higher with the next batch. I like my salsa SPICY!
In the meantime these jars would be a GREAT Homemade Christmas Gift Idea, don’t ya think?
Here’s what I bundled inside each pint canning jar. (The recipe for my dry salsa mix is included in the recipe below too!)
Dehydrated Salsa In A Jar Recipe
When the garden is going well, dehydrate those garden goodies and make this awesome dehydrated salsa in a jar. Great gift idea too! #TexasHomesteader
- 1 Cup Diced Dehydrated Tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons Chopped Dehydrated Onions
- 2 teaspoons Chopped Dehydrated Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Tablespoon Chopped Dehydrated Cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon Chopped Dehydrated Garlic
- Dehydrated Jalapeno Peppers To Taste
- 2 Tablespoons dry salsa mix (recipe below)
Dry Salsa Mix (Use separate container for salsa mix)
- 1/2 Cup Dried Minced Onion
- 1/4 cup Crushed Dried Red Pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Dried Cilantro Flakes
- 2 Tablespoons Dried Minced Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Non-Iodized salt
- 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley Flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
Stir all dehydrated veggies and dry salsa mix into clean pint canning jar and seal jar to store.
To rehydrate - pour 1 cup very hot water into jar with veggies, add 1/2 teaspoon vinegar and stir. Replace the lid and allow the liquid to cool. When all veggies are thoroughly rehydrated remove lid and stir rehydrated salsa and ENJOY!
Links In This Post:
- Dehydrated Diced Tomatoes
- How To Dehydrate Bell Peppers
- Preserve The Harvest: Dehydrating Onions
- Simple Dry Salsa Mix
- Fresh Garden Salsa
- Homemade Gifts They’ll Actually Love
Other Dehydrating Posts
- Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Fresh Carrots
- Dehydrating Tomato Sauce Into Leather For Pizza
- Cubed Tomatoes Dehydrated For Winter Cooking
- Preserving Produce: Dehydrating Celery
- Dehydrating Fresh Pumpkin For Easy Storage
- Dehydrating Spinach To Enjoy All Year Long
- Using A Dehydrator To Preserve Fresh Onions
- Dehydrating & Storing Cabbage
- A Solar Oven Dehydrates Jalapenos
- Dehydrating Shredded Potatoes For Hash Browns
- Bell Pepper Dehydration
- Using A Solar Oven To Dehydrate Garden Produce
- Using It ALL – Dehydrating & Powdering Tomato Skins
- How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder
- Dehydrating Plums
- My Simple, Zero-Waste Herb Drying Setup
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