You can dehydrate vegetables, fruits, meats, herbs and even prepared meals with the instructions in The Beginner’s Guide to Making and Using Dried Foods (Storey Publishing, 2014) by Teresa Marrone. Each section includes food profiles with clear preparation instructions and recipes that feature that particular dried food, allowing the home cook to incorporate local and seasonal foods into a year-round diet. The following vegetable dip recipe is from chapter 10, “Dried-Food Mixes for Pantry, Gifts, and Camping.”
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• 1/4 cup dried diced or sliced carrots
• 2 heaping tablespoons dried diced bell peppers (any color)
• 1 tablespoon dried chopped onion
• 1-1/2 teaspoons dried celery slices
• 5 or 6 dried zucchini slices or dried cucumber slices
• 4 or 5 small pieces dried lemon zest
• 1 dried garlic slice, or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
• 3 tablespoons crumbled dried parsley leaves
• 2 tablespoons crumbled dried basil leaves
• 1 teaspoon crumbled dried tarragon leaves
• 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
• 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1/4 teaspoon sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
• Sour cream as needed (3/4 cup per batch)
• Mayonnaise as needed (1/4 cup per batch)
1. Pack the mix: Combine the carrots, bell peppers, onion, celery, zucchini, lemon zest, and garlic in a blender. Process until very finely chopped; it should not be powdered but the flakes should be no larger than about 1/8 inch. Let the dust settle for about a minute before opening the blender, then transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the parsley, basil, tarragon, thyme, salt, sugar, and pepper; stir very well, then pack into a small jar and seal tightly.
2. To prepare the dip: Shake or stir the mix before measuring to distribute ingredients evenly. Combine 3/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, and 1 tablespoon of the mix in a small bowl; stir together very well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve with fresh vegetables and crackers.
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Excerpted from The Beginner’s Guide to Making and Using Dried Foods © Teresa Marrone. Used with permission from Storey Publishing, 2014. Buy this book from our store: The Beginner’s Guide to Making and Using Dried Foods.