The thing I love most about dehydrating foods is how much dried food you can get into a container for the pantry shelf. Like space saving dehydrated soups. You can dehydrate a whole pot of soup and it will fit into one or two quart jars. Another thing I like to dehydrate is frozen vegetables.
I buy them on sale and they are super easy because all the chopping, peeling and blanching is done for you already. You don’t even have to thaw them. Rip open the bag, spread on the tray and let the dehydrator do the rest. The best part of dehydrating the frozen veggies is the space 5 one pound bag of frozen peas takes up in the freezer only takes the space of one quart jar on the pantry shelf. Yep five pounds of dehydrated peas fit into one quart jar. So you can see how much soup you could get into a couple of quart jars. I think it will work best with creamed soup because non-creamed I believe would be too runny.
Just think of all the dehydrated soup you could have in jars, broccoli cheddar, cream of potato, chicken, mushroom, celery and any other cream type soup you can think of. You could also dehydrate pretty much any type of bean soup by running the soup through the food processor first to make it into small enough pieces to dry well.
When you are ready to eat some of your soup you will only need to add boiling water to some of the powdered soup mix that you made, you could even add some of your dehydrated veggies and or instant rice if you want to add back some texture. A Hippy With A Mini Van shares her recipe for curried lentil soup that she dehydrates. This dehydrated soup is fantastic for stocking the shelves with healthy homemade soups that you make and control what is in them, especially the sodium.
I find a lot of store bought soups are way too salty. Any time you make some soup for dinner why not double or even triple the recipe and then you can dehydrate the extra so that every time you make soup you will add 2 to 4 quarts of homemade instant soup to your food stores. It is a win win idea and if you go camping this is a perfect way to have some homemade hot soup without cooking it or carrying heavy cans.
It is also great if you just feel like a nice hot cup of soup and don’t feel like cooking a whole pot. If you like your pantry shelves to be nice and stocked. make some space saving dehydrated soups to add to your storage.
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.
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