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OK by now y’all know I’m a dehydrating fool! I bought my dream appliance, an *Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator and I think I’m in love!
I’ve put that thing through the paces, dehydrating all kinds of fruits and veggies. And I’ve even made Italian-flavored tomato leather to just roll out and plop on my homemade French-Bread Pizza. No rehydration needed! I think it’s safe to say I’ve been bitten by the dehydrating bug.
But I’ve also been dehydrating veggies to grind and use for my own homemade powdered seasoning. I hate to pull out a large dehydrator to dehydrate such small portions, and it almost seems even my other small household model is a bit much.
Check out today’s Homestead Hack. I’ve found a way to quickly dehydrate small amounts of food for FREE!
Veggie Trimmings Don’t Go To Waste
Recently RancherMan & I were making a spicy dish for a family gathering. Now usually I leave the jalapeno membranes and seeds in whatever I’m cooking for us ’cause we like it spicy!
But this time we were preparing a dish to share with others who might not have the same tolerance for such spiciness.
So we were removing the seeds and membranes as well as the tougher ends & outsides of an onion. As I set the scraps aside to continue preparing my dish I thought: “Hummmm… if I dehydrated those and ground them, could I use them in place of the purchased powdered seasoning that I just ran out of?”
Well yeah, sure, that sounds great. But do I really want to pull out my small electric dehydrator just for these few pieces?
There must be an easier way.
Use Whatcha Got!
Then I had a light-bulb moment. I had just finished baking a couple of loaves of my Homemade KitchenAid Bread and the oven was still hot. I wonder if I can use the residual heat to dehydrate these scraps.
So I put the jalapeno & onion pieces on my small cast iron comal and set it in the still-hot but turned off oven. Then I just left it there overnight. I’ll use residual heat to dehydrate the scraps
Grind Dried Veggies Into Powder
When I pulled them out of the cold oven the next morning they were all perfectly dry! So I popped them into my coffee grinder that I keep specifically for this purpose and ground them up.
The resulting powder is stored in a labeled spice shaker bottle.
You don’t get any more “FREE” than a turned-off oven using residual heat to dehydrate veggie pieces that would have been discarded!
Other Kitchen Hacks
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Easy Reminder For Kitchen Stove
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- No Cooking Fat Down The Drain
- Labeling A Glass Jar
- Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Sneaking Healthy Vegetables Into Their Diet
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- What Do The Dates On Food Packages Actually Mean?
- Heat-Free Way to Peel Tomatoes
- Peel A Whole Head Of Garlic Cloves In Seconds
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Quick Baking Measurement Reminder System
- Easily Separating Cream From Milk
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Easier Deviled Eggs – No Mess!
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Tame Kitchen Appliance Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- Expand Your Muffin Tin Capacity With Canning-Jar Rings
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
- Repurposing Mesh Bags For Scrubbers
- Cute Windowsill Container For Herb Cuttings
- Less Mess When Measuring Honey
- How To Tell If Your Baking Powder Is Still Good
- Easily Opening Those Stubborn Jars
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shells
- Saute & Freeze Onions For Kitchen Convenience
- Roasting Peppers Quickly On Gas Stove Top
- …and many MORE!
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