Discard any external leaves that are damaged or wilted. Wash the remaining leaves in a fruit and vegetable wash.
Drying time will depend on the thickness of the ribs and the initial dryness of the leaves. To cut down on the time required, dry well with paper towel after washing. If you have a salad spinner this can get rid of most of the moisture.
Tip 1: Place leaves in a cotton pillowcase and swing this around outside – this works as well as a salad spinner!
Tip 2: Cut out the thick ribs of the leaves and dry separately
Caution: If you’re tempted by the “pre-washed” or “triple-washed” claims on bagged lettuce, know that in a 2005 test done in Minnesota the lettuce variety with the least bacteria was the plain, unwashed head of lettuce. Bagged lettuce is often rinsed in a chlorine wash
You can either chop the leaves into strips or dry them whole. Spread the lettuce out on the trays and dry at 135 Fahrenheit/ 60 Celsius for between 4 to 8 hours. The leaves are ready when they feel like thin paper and crumble easily between your fingers.
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 lettuce and make sure it is completely dry. do this over a few days.
If I am making lettuce powder I usually do this immediately after the lettuce comes out of the dehydrator as I find that is when it is at its crispiest.
Store in sealed containers in a dark area and add oxygen absorbers to help keep the contents dry.
Make Green powder which can be added to most dishes yet be hardly noticeable- a good way to add extra nutrition to your diet.
Make Dehydrated Balsamic Lettuce
Mix with sour cream or kefir cream cheese
Add to dehydrated ready meals
80g Portion (Dried)
80g Portion (Powder)
4 Level teaspoons
135 Fahrenheit/ 60 Celsius
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