Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#162696 - 02/24/12 09:59 AM Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating?
Pete A. Offline
member

Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 23
Loc: Auburn, AL
Hi all,

For those who dehydrate your own veggies, do you blanch everything first? Or just certain types? I'm thinking about peppers/onions/broccoli/carrots, maybe even spinach.

Thanks,

Pete
_________________________
My preparations for this fall's upcoming bivy elk hunt - gear, training, mapping: http://elkprep.blogspot.com

Top
#162697 - 02/24/12 10:53 AM Re: Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating? [Re: Pete A.]
Pika Offline
member

Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 1726
Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
Onions, carrots, peas and peppers, no. Try diced, dried, poblano chiles for a flavor spike. Dried poblanos are called chile anchos. I have never tried spinach so can't help there. I do a quick blanch with stuff like green beans, sugar snap peas, cabbage, broccoli stems and kohlrabi. Broccoli florets tend to turn to a paste on re-hydrating if blanched.

Generally though I find the most important thing when dehydrating is to cut the veggies into small pieces. I will buy packages of frozen mixed vegetables, diced carrots and small green peas and put them directly into the dryer. The results for mixed veggies are better if there are no green beans in the mix. Green beans can be pretty stiff long after the other stuff has re-hydrated. I give them an all day soak when I take them along. During the American Civil War, dried green beans were called "iron britches" and it was claimed that you could use them to nail a barn together. grin


Edited by Pika (02/24/12 10:54 AM)
_________________________
May I walk in beauty.

Top
#162704 - 02/24/12 11:56 AM Re: Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating? [Re: Pika]
Pete A. Offline
member

Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 23
Loc: Auburn, AL
Haha, great information, thanks so much.
_________________________
My preparations for this fall's upcoming bivy elk hunt - gear, training, mapping: http://elkprep.blogspot.com

Top
#162715 - 02/24/12 01:54 PM Re: Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating? [Re: Pete A.]
OregonMouse Offline
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6371
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
I dehydrate frozen vegetables which are already blanched before freezing. With fresh veggies, you do need to blanch.

In addition to green beans, peas and corn also remain rock-like after hydrating. I therefore buy most veggies freeze-dried in bulk and add them to my meals. Chopped spinach, though, dehydrates and then rehydrates really well, and will give a nutritional and flavorful boost to most meals.

Lots of info on dehydrating on "Sarbar's" website. (Note--site appears to be down at the time of posting this.)



Edited by OregonMouse (02/24/12 01:55 PM)
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top
#162826 - 02/26/12 10:54 PM Re: Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating? [Re: Pete A.]
RobertL Offline
member

Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 174
Loc: Oregon
I go one step further and mostly dehydrate only fully cooked vegetables so I don't have to cook them in camp ... makes meal prep a little faster and saves stove fuel ... or I can eat them without firing up the stove if that's what I feel like that day.

Top
#162869 - 02/27/12 05:20 PM Re: Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating? [Re: RobertL]
Kent W Offline
member

Registered: 10/15/09
Posts: 607
Loc: IL.
Bags of frozen vegtables are already blanched. If fresh carrots peas green beans,corn etc, yes blanche first! I generally catch a sale on bagged frozen veggis they are blanched already before freezing. Fresh peppers dont need blanching or do onions or garlic.

Top
#164179 - 03/20/12 05:30 AM Re: Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating? [Re: Kent W]
pablocarman Offline
newbie

Registered: 03/20/12
Posts: 1
Hi,
Just go through below link for the dehydration of the veggies.

http://farmgal.tripod.com/Dehydrate.html


Edited by pablocarman (03/20/12 05:34 AM)

Top
#164181 - 03/20/12 09:14 AM Re: Blanch veggies or not, before dehydrating? [Re: pablocarman]
Kent W Offline
member

Registered: 10/15/09
Posts: 607
Loc: IL.
Pepper and onions No Blanch. Broccoli , carrots etc yes if fresh. If you buy bags of froxen veggies on sale etc. They are already sliced and blanched . This is a big time saver. Fresh spinach I wonder how well it would dehydrate. It would most likley crumble up like oregan being a leaf.

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Bivvy Sack combo Arrangement
by Jim M
Yesterday at 01:58 AM
what is the lightest framed backpack around 40L
by toddfw2003
10/16/17 07:23 PM
a worthy challenger to the msr pocket rocket2
by the-gr8t-waldo
10/16/17 01:28 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Napa Fires
by balzaccom
10/11/17 07:43 PM
Backpacking the Ouachita Trail thanksgiving
by toddfw2003
10/05/17 11:54 PM
Rockfalll on El Capitan in Yosemite
by balzaccom
09/28/17 09:47 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
alcohol stove comparisons
by Bike_packer
10/03/17 08:56 PM
Can footprint plasticizer harm tent ground-sheet?
by Weston1000
09/10/17 02:24 AM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
0 registered (), 26 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Weve, Tones21, Pasquale, Rahultravel, Tated
12422 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com