Using Your Dehydrator to Dry Shrimp

Dried shrimp is an ingredient in many Asian and Cajun recipes. It's also a snack that some people like to eat right out of the bag. You can find bags of this in most markets. Generally, these are sun-dried shrimp.

Drying food in the sun takes a long time, no matter the food. According to this shrimp recipe, doing it at home takes 3 days. And they have to be sunny days.

Dried Shrimp Recipe

Using a food dehydrator, you can cut that down to 6 hours and you can do it without considering the weather. You can use fresh or frozen. If it's fresh, be sure to clean it too (if it's the type with the black vein on their back).

  1. Boil the shrimp in salty water until they turn pink (done).
  2. Dry them with paper towels.
  3. Dry them in the dehydrator at 145 F. It'll take 4 to 6 hours. When ready, they'll be hard.

Cooking with Dehydrated Shrimp

You can use your homeprepared shrimp in many recipes. Some ideas include adding them to:

  • Pan fried rice or noodles
  • Gumbo or others stews
  • Soups or chowders
  • Salads
  • Dips

If you were drying your shrimp for storage, you can rehydrate them before using them for recipes that call for regular shrimp. To do this, you will need 1/2 cup of boiling water for every cup of shrimp. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients and put the bowl in the refrigerator for an hour. Then drain and store in the fridge until you're ready to use the reconstituted shrimp.

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