by Tammy Taylor~
Remember recently I ended up with a boatload of fresh carrots? Now there was no way to consume that many carrots before they went bad. So I was frantically sharing as many as I could with friends, family & neighbors but there were Still. So. Many. Carrots.
So I dehydrated a huge bunch of them so I could enjoy them all winter long in our hot soups & stews. (you can read about dehydrating carrots here) These dehydrated carrots look awesome in my pantry in shining glass jars. And they take no additional energy to store such as a refrigerator or freezer. But I wanted to know how they would taste if I reconstituted them to enjoy as a veggie side dish. Let’s check it out, shall we?
It’s easy to rehydrate carrots that have been dehydrated. Just remember to more-than double the measure of water to carrots. (I typically use 2.25 cups of boiling water for each cup of cooked carrots) Then boil the water & pour the boiling water over the dehydrated carrots. All that’s left to do is just allow them to sit & rehydrate for about 15-20 minutes.
1 cup of dehydrated carrots will typically rehydrate into about 2 cups. So I took a shortcut – I measured 2-1/4 cups water in my large glass measuring cup & microwaved it until it was boiling. Then I poured in 1 cup of dehydrated carrots and gave it all a stir to make sure the carrots were all in contact with the water. I decided to stir in about 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary too for extra flavor. Finally I covered it all with a hot pad to keep the steamy goodness going.
20 minutes later? Voila! I add a small pat of butter and our veggie side dish is ready.
I will say I was surprised that the sliced carrots didn’t flatten out more when rehydrated. There remained a slight curl to the carrots. Although they tasted fine, maybe I need to rehydrate them longer? Or maybe actually boil the water during rehydrating? Or perhaps the thin slices just don’t pop back to original shape? When I sliced the fresh carrots with my food processor before rehydration I was concerned that the slices seemed to be a little thin, but figured they’d do just fine in my soups & stews. And I’m sure they will! I also diced most of my carrots when I dehydrated them & I think I’ll like them better. I’ll be sure to share my experience when I rehydrate them too.
In any event, it looks like we’ll be able to enjoy carrots all winter long not only in soups & stews, but as a delicious side dish as well.
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