Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Yesterday my wife and I decided to dehydrate a few vegetables.  We found some peas, frozen corn and mixed vegetables on sale at a local discount house.  These were taken home and placed in our old electric dehydrator.  They were then allowed to dry over night.  The following morning we had a nice bunch of dehydrated vegetables.

We temporarily store them in a plastic bag until we get enough to fill a one gallon Mylar pouch.  If you put an oxygen absorber into the pouch the food will keep for years.

I have a friend who has filled five gallon buckets with bags of frozen food he has dehydrated in this manner.  Some are five or six years old now and the food is still fine.  He also uses the dehydrator on left over fresh vegetables rather than throw them out.

I know it seems funny to dehydrate frozen food, but unless you have a big garden, it is cheaper than buying fresh and you can do it all year round.

Howard


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Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables — 15 Comments

  1. Thanks for the web site. We have had a dehydrator since Y2K but only over the past month have we, (she) really staerted using it again. We go to the big box store for their frozen veggies. My wife clls each company first to verify thery are GMO free.PANY TO VERIFY THEY ARE gmo FREE. iT’S VERY ENCOURGING TO SEE OTHER PREPARING THE SAME. gOD BLESS US ALL.
    dANIEL

  2. Sorry for the poor typing. my child crawled up on my lap and is helping out Please call the companies first and verify the veggies are GMO free.
    Daniel

  3. I think this is a great idea, you are so smart, I did not think using froxen veggies. How much does it take to fill a mylar bag?

  4. Hi, I was wondering if this is possible for all frozen vegetables, or are there some that you can’t do this with? I’m new to this stuff and the easier the better. I will be trying this when I get home.

  5. First what size Mylar bags are you using? We have never really measured it, but maybe this will help. It takes about 75 lbs of frozen vegetables to fill a four gallon bucket after they are dehydrated. A pound of frozen makes a little less than cup of dehydrated. But it varies with the type of vegetable.

    Hope this helps.
    Howard

  6. Hi, just found this site. Excellant. Have been drying frozen veg for a while now.Wait for a really,really good sale price,stock up and start drying. Find it’s better to stick to corn,peas,peas and carrots,carrots,and the smaller mixed veggies. Still dry fresh stuff but these items are easier,faster and usually cheaper to do than the fresh version. Does anyone have any experience with drying potatoes or making powdered versions of some veggies. Thanks

    • Before drying potatoes they need to be blanched. If you don’t they turn black. We sliced with a mandolin, threw into boiling water for 30 second to a minute then plunged into ice water and drained on a towel. Don’t crowd the slices in the boiling water, the ones that stuck together were obvious when they turned black…

  7. To dehydrate potatoes: Wash and poke holes as for baking. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for appx 30 minutes or until you can pretty easily stick with a bamboo skewer, but not done all the way. Cool all the way…I do it overnight in the fridge. The peel will crinkle up, and when ready to dehydrate, it will peel off with your fingers. Slice with a mandoline and spread your dehydrator trays…don’t overlap. When they are done they should be translucent and will snap when bent.

  8. After I dehydrate my frozen veggies, I mix them with rice and dehydrated chicken or beef, add seasonings, salt and bullion cubes. Then vacuum seal and date, these will keep for several years if kept in cool dark place….Makes wonderful pre made dinners. Just add water and boil, ready in minutes.

  9. Martha and Karen thank you for your comments, I tried your methods and am passing them on to women in my classes. Please pass on anything else that might be handy for our readers to use. Thanks again.

  10. I have seen sites that talk about oven canning dried goods. Would peas, corn, carrots or potatoes dried in this way be good candidates for then oven canning to preserve them versus mylar bags and oxygen absorbers?

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