Crushed and Powdered Dehydrated Vegetables for Storage

powdered dehydrated vegetables

Crushed peppers

Many people forget that just storing food is not all it takes to be prepared for an emergency. Having your food taste good is also important.  Many of the foods that you have stored will have to be cooked from scratch.  Spices have a limited shelf life, but there are other ways to improve the taste of your foods.  So start thinking about using crushed and powdered dehydrated vegetables to improve their taste.

Vegetables flakes can be made by crushing dehydrated vegetables in a blender, (If you’re using a blender watch your speed, to fast and you will have powder instead of just bits and pieces) If the power is out you can use a rolling pin (just put   vegetables in a plastic bag and crush them.  You can even rub the dehydrated vegetables between the palms of your hands as our pioneers did.  The crushed vegetables are good for seasoning; in particular, I like the peppers.  Many of the powders are great for thickening soups and stews as well as adding flavor.

Powders are pulverized dried vegetables.  Using a blenders or mill will give you the best texture. Onions, celery, and tomatoes are the most popular powders and are very nutritious seasonings.

Here is a short list of vegetables you can powder or pulverize.

  • Asparagus                     Put slices or spears in blender                       Use in soups
  • Beans                           Green Blend until powered                            Soups & sauces
  • Broccoli                         Place pieces in blender                                 Soups & sauces
  • Celery                           Powder in blender                                        Seasoning
  • Cucumber                     Blend until powdered                                    Seasoning & dips
  • Onions                          Blend onion until finely powdered                  Seasoning
  • Peas                             Power in Blender                                         Soups or broths
  • Peppers Blend               Slices until powdered                                    Seasoning & soups
  • Parsley Fresh                Blend with other seasonings
  • Spinach                        Puree in blender                                           Soups
  • Tomatoes                     Make sure tomatoes are dry                           Catsup, juice and soups
powdered dehydrated vegetables

Powered vegetables

Properly packaged in airtight containers, stored in the dark and kept cool, they will have a long shelf life of many years.  Here is some additional information on Dehydrate Vegetables for Your Storage this Summer

I hope that this will help you get started. There are so many blends that you can make by just dehydrating your leftover vegetables and you will be surprised at how much better they taste than store bought spices.  Have fun and experiment with new ideas and store for later.

Preparedness Mom

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