by Texas Homesteader ~
Remember recently I ended up with a boatload of fresh carrots? Now there was no way to consume that many carrots before they went bad. So I was frantically sharing as many as I could with friends, family & neighbors but there were Still. So. Many. Carrots.
So I dehydrated a huge bunch of them so I could enjoy them all winter long in our hot soups & stews. (you can read about dehydrating carrots here) These dehydrated carrots look awesome in my pantry in shining glass jars. And they take no additional energy to store such as a refrigerator or freezer. But I wanted to know how they would taste if I reconstituted them to enjoy as a veggie side dish. Let’s check it out, shall we?
How To Cook Dehydrated Carrots
It’s easy to rehydrate carrots that have been dehydrated. Just remember to more-than double the measure of water to carrots. (I typically use 2.25 cups of boiling water for each cup of cooked carrots)
Then boil the water & pour the boiling water over the dehydrated carrots. All that’s left to do is just allow them to sit & rehydrate for about 15-20 minutes.
1 cup of dehydrated carrots will typically rehydrate into about 2 cups. So I took a shortcut – I measured 2-1/4 cups water in my large glass measuring cup & microwaved it until it was boiling. Then I poured in 1 cup of dehydrated carrots and gave it all a stir to make sure the carrots were all in contact with the water. I decided to stir in about 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary too for extra flavor. Finally I covered it all with a hot pad to keep the steamy goodness going.
20 minutes later? Voila! I add a small pat of butter and our veggie side dish is ready.
I will say I was surprised that the sliced carrots didn’t flatten out more when rehydrated. There remained a slight curl to the carrots. Although they tasted fine, keep in mind that rehydrated carrots won’t look exactly like the fresh counterpart.
But it looks like we’ll be able to enjoy carrots all winter long. Not only in soups & stews, but as a delicious side dish as well.
Other Dehydrating Posts
- Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Fresh Carrots
- Dehydrating Fresh Pumpkin For Easy Storage
- Dehydrating Spinach To Enjoy All Year Long
- Using A Dehydrator To Preserve Fresh Onions
- Dehydrating & Storing Cabbage
- Bell Pepper Dehydration
- Using A Solar Oven To Dehydrate Garden Produce
- How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder
- Dehydrating Plums
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