Dehydrating Frozen Broccoli

Here’s another great frozen vegetable to dehydrate. We use this all the time in soups and stews.
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Here I have 5 packages of frozen broccoli. We pick them up when they’re on sale during the winter months.

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Depending on the brand the pieces are sometimes too large to go directly into the dehydrator. Those pieces we chop down until they are small enough.

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Here is the broccoli laid out on the dehydrator. The pieces are of a good enough size that you don’t have to worry about them falling through.

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Set the dehydrator to 115 and let them go. A longer, lower temperature dehydrate will retain more nutrients than a hotter run. This is particularly important for foods that have already been modified in some way (e.g. frozen).

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Frozen broccoli doesn’t tend to have as strong an odor during dehydration as fresh broccoli does. It still can be a little on the smelly side, so we run the dehydrator outside.

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Here’s the final result held temporarily in a zip lock baggie. You’ll note that the color of the broccoli has changed a bit from it’s normal green. There’s not much you can do about that when working with frozen broccoli. If it’s fresh you can blanch it for a few minutes to keep it nice and green.

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