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Leeks

Leeks

Leeks are very easy to dehydrate. They are related to chives, shallots, and onions, and can be added to soups and stews, boosting both nutrition and flavour. They are rich in prebiotic carbs which feed the good bacteria in the stomach, as well as having a number of other health benefits.

Read my post on Leek Powder for more ideas on using dehydrated leeks.

Info

Dehydrating Leeks Uses
Fresh Weight 100 Grams  Add to soups
Dried Weight 9 Grams  Add to stews
Daily Portion (Dried) 7 Grams  Add to omelettes
Prep Time  20 minutes  
Drying Time 10 hours  
Drying Temperature 125 Fahrenheit/ 52 Celsius  
Health Benefits Vision, skin, bones, circulation, Digestion

Equipment

  • Sharp knife
  • Plastic bowls
  • Colander
  • Cutting Board
  • Food Wash/Vinegar/Lemon Juice

Preparation

Cut off the root section and the top part of the leek. Slit in half from top to bottom. Then cut each half into 2 cm slices.

Break as many of the layers apart as possible to speed up dehydration. Then rinse to remove any soil trapped un between the layers. Soak in a wash for 5 minutes before draining.

Dehydrating

Spread out on the dehydrator trays and dry at 125 Fahrenheit/ 52 Celsius for 8 hours. 

Once dried add to a glass jar and store.

Conditioning

Conditioning is a process of making sure that whatever you have dried has as little moisture as possible in it. It’s a simple process and involves mixing or shaking to redistribute the dried leeks and make sure they are completely dry. Do this for a few days.

Storage

Store in sealed containers in a dark area and add oxygen absorbers to help keep the contents dry.

 Tip: If I am making leek powder, I usually do this immediately after the leeks come out of the dehydrator as I find that is when they are at their driest.




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