Today is another day for using my Excalibur Dehydrator. We have lots of veggies in the garden waiting to be eaten or preserved somehow for later on.
Today I am drying:
1. 3 trays of Sweet Corn (hopefully non-GMO, though I'm not 100% certain. It came from a generous relative.)
2. 1 1/3 trays of sliced Cucumbers, and
3. 2/3 of a tray of my Royal Burgundy Bush Beans
I've never dried any of these before, so this is new territory for me. Still, it's pretty easy. :)
For the corn, I had my oldest son shuck it, then I cooked it in hot water for a bit like you would do for corn on the cob. I let it cool, cut it off of the cobs, and spread it on the trays. I sort of like the chunks of corn you get when you cut it off the cob, so I left it like that for now. I will need to stir the corn a bit while it's drying, so we'll see how that goes. I'm not sure it will stay together once dried.
For the cucumbers, I just washed, peeled, and thinly sliced them. Then, I put them on the trays. According to some sites, they are good to incorporate into veggie soups(though I admit I have never knowingly had cucumbers in a veggie soup!), as snacks, and to blend up into powder and make some sort of dip with them.
For the beans, the books I have do not say to blanch the beans. I simply washed the beans, snapped off the ends, broke them into pieces and spread them out on the tray.
I set the timer for about 10 hours. I will check on them once or twice in between to see how it's going and maybe rearrange the trays.
Here's to Real Food!