With the freezers near to bursting with frozen diced peppers, stuffed peppers and roasted peppers and still peppers hanging on the bush we decided to experiment some. We have been using the dehydrator for apple chips and decided to try our hand at dehydrating peppers. With almost a 5 gallon bucket of peppers we washed diced and dehydrated all those peppers. You would think that would be a huge amount of diced peppers. It filled 4 jelly jars. That is so hard for me to believe. I used my oxygen absorbers to seal the jars and they look wonderful. Maybe next year instead of freezing all those diced peppers for seasoning I will dehydrate them and save that freezer space.
Same thing with the okra with pods still coming on we dehydrated okra as well. This year we have put up frozen sliced okra, frozen breaded okra, pickled okra and frozen stuffed okra. I already have okra and tomatoes in jars from last year. So we thought maybe we would try dehydrating okra for soups. So we washed the okra and sliced with the mandolin slicer and put on trays.
Once dehydrated we put them in quart jars and sealed with oxygen absorbers. Again it amazes me that a 5 gallon bucket of okra made 2 quarts of dehydrated okra. It shrinks so much but I think you would just throw a hand full sparingly into a soup.
It definitely takes up much less space than canning and doesn't require the electricity of running a freezer all winter. We shall see what the taste is like in the coming months. We have always used the dehydrator for jerky every year and maybe apples. I used to make homemade fruit rollups for the kids when they were little. But don't do that anymore. As we continue to produce more and more of our own food maybe the dehydrator will be the solution to storage issues.
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