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How To Dry Cauliflower

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How to dry cauliflowerIf you know how to dry cauliflower, you can use this versatile vegetable in soups, stews, and sauces even when it is not available at your nearest grocer's shop. Drying cauliflower follows similar steps as drying any vegetable. Let us see how to dry cauliflower easily at home…


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Dry Cauliflower in a Dehydrator


  1. Get fresh cauliflower from market or pick fresh ones from garden.

  2. Cut and clean cauliflower. Make sure the cut pieces are uniform in size for even drying or dehydration.

  3. Put the pieces of cauliflower in boiling water for 5 minutes and then transfer to iced water for blanching.

  4. Load cauliflower onto dehydrator trays. Make sure that cauliflower pieces do not overlap or touch each other.

  5. Switch on the dehydrator and set temperature and recommended timing. Usually drying cauliflower would take anywhere between 8 to 12 hours.

  6. Check cauliflower for dryness. Take one of the pieces and after it is cool, it should be dry to touch.  If you see that, check other pieces for moisture. If the pieces are dry, the process is complete.

  7. Return to dehydrator if moisture beads are present when cauliflower is cut.

  8. Store dried cauliflower in paper packets.


 


Dry Cauliflower by Sun Drying                                 


                                                                                                                                 Drying cauliflower in sun


Cauliflower can be sundried too. Prepare cauliflower as mentioned in steps 1 to 3 in the previous point. Now spread the cauliflower pieces onto trays and place these trays in direct sunlight. Keep trays tilted to ensure adequate and continuous air circulation. Cauliflowers would take about 3 to 5 days to completely dry. Check for dryness as given in steps 6 and 7. In this step, you, however, have to take care that the pieces are protected from dust, sudden gusts of wind or rain.


 


Drying Cauliflower in Oven


Prepare cauliflower as in steps 1 to 3 in the first point. Place them on baking trays and put in an oven pre-heated to 150 degrees F. Switch off the oven and keep the door open to allow circulation of air. Let cauliflower dry for about 8 hours. Check for dryness prior to packing.


Cauliflower can be seasoned with desired spices after pre-treatment and then dried for a delicious dried product. Store dry cauliflower and use it as and when required.


 


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11 Comments

Anonymous's picture
Drying cauliflower, or any vegetable is a work of art and it gives huge dividends.
thot4food's picture
Love the fresh variety. Never thought that drying would be beneficial too
Rashmi.vilas's picture
Never thought that even cauliflower can be used in dehydrated form. Great idea for cauliflower storage & ready to use. However, fresh ones are widely available in Indian markets through all seasons.
sachin mehta's picture
quite informative!
Anonymous's picture
I never knew this... Thanks for sharing.........
Anonymous's picture
Very informative......... can you share where can we use dried vegetable...
Anonymous's picture
Great info
yummyyum's picture
Interesting...But how does it taste?
Gourmet.lover's picture
great way to preserve and use cauliflowers long after they are gone out of season
chockyfoodie's picture
I will surely try this out.
foodietweetie's picture
Wow.....never knew that cauliflower can also be dried. Now I can store this most favored vegetable for longer period of time. thanks for sharing the info :)