This week I have been going a little dehydrator crazy. Did you know that you can dehydrate frozen vegetables? Well you can, and I am here to tell you that it is amazing. This week I have dehydrated 8 pounds of frozen corn that is now being stored in 2 1-quart mason jars. What a great way to buy frozen veggies when they are on sale and increase their shelf life.
Here’s how I did it:
- I have a very inexpensive Nesco dehydrator that I use. It has 4 trays, and I can fit 1 pound of corn on each tray. Since corn shrinks quite a bit when it is dehydrated, I lined my dehydrator with parchment paper.
- Next I set the temperature to 135 degrees, and left it alone for the next 10 hours.
- Once it was completely dry (if it feels wet or sticky, it isn’t done!), I was able to fit the four pounds into a one quart mason jar.
- I added a 100 cc oxygen absorber to the jar, and within a couple of hours, the button on the top of the canning jar was down which tells me all of the oxygen has been removed from the jar and I have a good seal.
- The jars are stored in a cool dry place.
When I am ready to rehydrate, I will let the corn soak in water for about 2 hours and cook as usual. Careful though – the dried corn is absolutely delicious – my kids have been snacking on the leftovers all day.
I am now in the process of dehydrating homemade spaghetti sauce into powder. So far so good!