So I wanted to post a quick update on my last ‘Adventures in Prepping’ post where I dehydrated a bunch of mixed veggies (quite successfully, I might add).
I was going to use them in some soup last night but we ended up having something else instead so I decided to just do a test run with everything I’ve dehydrated so far by just boiling a bit of it up today and see what happens.
So far, I’ve only dehydrated fresh potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onion and a couple of bags of frozen Italian mixed veg so it wasn’t too complicated.
I did soak the potatoes ahead of time because I had planned to fry them up in some olive oil with some salt and pepper and garlic for a snack (yumm!) and then changed my mind and just threw them into the mix.
They were pretty thinly sliced to begin with and when I tested them they were kind of chewy but maybe I didn’t soak them long enough.
Either way, in they went with a handful of the other stuff and I boiled them for about fifteen minutes.
Now, I have to mention here that I forgot to blanch the mixed Italian vegetables before I dehydrated them so they did lose some color.
As everything boiled, it popped right back to life, though…
The color pretty much returned to the non-blanched things.
By the time I turned it off, the carrots and broccoli especially looked great!
And the potatoes were falling apart by then and not chewy at all.
But how did they taste? I guess that kinda matters, although in a SHTF situation I probably won’t be nearly as picky as I am now. 😄
It all came out better than I thought it would! Overall, I’d say everything was about 85-90% as tasty as they would have been before dehydrating/rehydrating. So I’m going to get my bootie in gear and start dyhydrating everything I can now that I know I definitely won’t starve later on when I go to eat it.
Well, unless I can’t keep my food stash safe from thieves, which I’m actually not too worried about. I’ll talk about that a bit more in an upcoming post…