Friday, June 24, 2011

How To Dehydrate Bell Peppers

How To Dehydrate Bell Peppers recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I'm laughing as I write this, because I'm about to confess that a sale on bell peppers made my week. I was so excited to see a great price for the first time in a year. I picked a bunch of them up just to dehydrate. This is 16 large bell peppers being prepped for the dehydrator. I had no idea what to expect with regards to how well they would rehydrate, so I cut them several different ways.
How To Dehydrate Bell Peppers recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
 Finely diced, medium 1/2" or smaller dice, matchsticks, and my favorite size 3/4"-1" pieces. The smaller pieces were completely dry overnight, approximately 9 hours at 125 degrees. The larger ones took another couple of hours to completely dry out.
How To Dehydrate Bell Peppers recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I poured the dehydrated pepper pieces into jars and was amazed once again by how much smaller everything is now. The tiny jar on the top right contains three peppers worth of  finely diced pieces.
How To Dehydrate Bell Peppers recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I was anxious to see how they would rehydrate, so I used some of them in our dinner tonight. This is one tablespoon of finely diced and then dried bell peppers. I poured boiling water over the pieces and then let them soak in that for about 20 minutes.
How To Dehydrate Bell Peppers recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Once the pieces were soft, I drained the water and this was the result. Perfectly rehydrated pieces of bell pepper. I tasted one of them and it was perfect. The flavor was the same, the texture was softer of course, but they worked great with our dinner.

I'm looking forward to trying the other dehydrated sizes soon. In the meantime, I am headed back to the store for more peppers to dehydrate.

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