Dehydrating Eggplant and Peas
I am fast learning there are things I will not dehydrate again.
The one total flop was cantaloupe. The reason I decided to try this melon was the one we bought did not have that much flavor and rather than toss it in the garbage I sliced and cubed it dusted it with powdered sugar and ginger then put it in the dehydrator. It was not so terrible I wanted to throw it away but it was not good enough to make me want to try it again.
The eggplant was really big and pretty so I bought 5 of them.
I like to use grilled eggplant in a meatless lasagna dish substituting the noodles with eggplant.
This is a really simple method.
I washed the eggplant cut off the stem top and sliced them in about 1/2 inch rounds.
I then dipped the slices in a dip to keep them from turning brown. Stuck them on the racks and waited for them to be finished. (dip recipe below)
In a very large stainless steel pot I put the dipping liquid.
Slip each slice into the liquid to make sure all sides are coated. Then simply let them float until all pieces are coated. I then take a plate and put it over the top of the floating eggplants and weight the dish down so all pieces are submerged. Set the timer for an hour.
When the hour is up place the slices on the racks … with a paper towel dry the tops of the eggplants and place into the dehydrator.
I then set my timer for 4 hours to check and see how they were doing.
I turned them over on the rack and turned the racks with the backs to the front for the next leg of the dehydrating process. I did this because the slices were thick.
Check them after 7 or 8 hours the first picture below were still damp when I felt them after about 9 hours. The last picture they were finally done. They were leathery but no moisture left when I pinched them.
Make sure you dehydrate your fruits and vegetables until they are totally without moisture or they are going to mold or rot.
The peas were easy because all frozen vegetables have been blanched so no pre-processing is necessary. I simply dumped them on the trays and since they were frozen and round they just did their own thing with very little coaxing.
The bag of frozen peas was 4 pounds, took 4 trays in the dehydrator, yielded 14.46 oz (3 3/4 cups) dry and took 9 hours to dry. The bag cost $2.69