Celery is really easy to dehydrate, and is an excellent staple to have in your store as it adds both nutrition and flavour to soups and stews. Read my post on Celery Powder for instructions on how to make celery powder and for more ideas on what you can do with it.
|Fresh Weight||100 Grams||Make seasoned vegetable crisps|
|Dried Weight||6 Grams||Add to dehydrated ready meals|
|Daily Portion (Dried)||5 Grams||Add to soup mixes|
|80 gms Daily Portion (Powder)||2 teaspoons (10 ml)||Add to stews|
|Prep Time||20 minutes||Make in to powder|
|Drying Time||8-10 hours|
|Health Benefits||Contains antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Helps reduce cholesterol. Low in calories.|
- Sharp knife
- Mandolin or Food Slicer (optional)
- Plastic bowls
- Cutting Board
- Food Wash/Vinegar/Lemon Juice
- Pot of water
Start by cutting off the lower two inches of the celery – if you stand this in water it will grow another set of stalks over time 😉
Rinse the stalks and soak in vinegar wash (If you want to keep the celery looking green after dehydrating, blanch for 1 minute then cool in ice water)
Chop the celery in to 1cm slices, or slice with a mandolin or food slicer.
Spread on dehydrator trays and dehydrate for approximately 8 to 10 hours at 135 degrees. Must pass the clunk test when done.
Store in sealed containers in a dark area and add oxygen absorbers to help keep the contents dry.