Three ways to rehydrate dehydrated food to use for dinner tonight or in hiking meals on the go! These easy steps will have you confident in your dehydrating for food storage skills!
How to Rehydrated Dried Food
- Boil water
- Pour over your dehydrated food
- All it to sit for 20-45 minutes
Less dense foods rehydrate more quickly than dense foods - so things like mushrooms need much more time than corn does.
This works for fruits as well, and you can use a fruit juice o rehydrate if you wish.
This is my favorite way of rehydrating, when I have all of my ducks in a row 🙂
- Simply fill a container with the amount of dehydrated food you want to use in your meal.
- Fill the container with water. You need to do more than simply cover the food, but give yourself another inch or two of water. Those food pieces will soak up the water, and you may end up with less than you need.
- The next day, use that food in your meal. You can use the leftover water as part of the liquid in preparing the food.
You can see how I did it with this meal: Cottage Pie with Dehydrated Vegetables.
Simply putting your veg into a simmering soup or stew is the easiest means of rehydrating. You're already using liquid that's warm, it's faster than an overnight soak, works just about the same as boiling, and doesn't create more dishes for you to clean after.
Remember, You Still Need to Cook It
Dehydrated food is usually not cooked prior to dehydrating. You may have blanched a particular vegetable before drying, but it is not completely cooked.
Quick rehydrating doesn't replace the cooking time. It simply rehydrates the food - it still needs time to cook.
If you have fully cooked your food before dehydrating, with a root vegetable, etc., rehydrating time is fairly simple. But with most dehydrated foods, they still need that time to finish cooking.
This is the reason you might find that your vegetables are still tough in a soup if you just tossed them, in, gave them some time to rehydrate and tried to serve.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much water do I use?
Unless you are trying to rehydrate a meal back to its original form, then the amount of water you use to simply rehydrate a fruit or a vegetable doesn't matter.
Can I use broth instead?
Of course! Broth works wonderfully, and you can use that as the liquid in the dish you are about to make. Click here to learn how to make your own vegetable broth, how to can broth for preserving, and even how to dehydrate broth!
How much dehydrated food do I use?
Volumetrically, it's easy.
1 C of fresh fruit or vegetable equals ⅓ to ¼ cup dried equals 1 tablespoon of powdered.
Why the variance in dried? The density and size of the food that you cook makes all the difference. Larger pieces don't compact down as much. You could go by weight, but thankfully. cooking isn't that fussy!
It's a good thing that cooking meals doesn't have to be exact! Neither does the water content when you are simply dehydrating
Even when you are using powders, you only need to add enough water to get the consistency that you want when creating a paste. While some things like pumpkin might need to be more exact when making a pie, most of the time, a consistency that you prefer is all you need.
If you need a visual, almost all of my dehydrating tutorials gives you a specific ratio of fresh to dry.
Of course, here is a free chart that gets you to many foods. While some of these are freeze dried, and the times can be a little longer for dehydrated soaking, it will give you an idea.
But I promise, in no time at all, you won't even need that.
If you can't see the video, please click on the red arrow. This is part of the DRYCEMBER series I did on Youtube that speaks specifically about reconstituting dried foods.
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