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Store These 5 Foods Longer by Dehydrating Them

by Alesha Wilson
(Wilmington, NC)

Don’t you just hate it when you have to throw foods to waste? It’s such a waste of money, but what can you do when they have already been sitting in your refrigerator untouched for weeks? It’s a good thing that you can actually store them longer by dehydrating them. Here are some examples of foods and how they can be dehydrated:
1. Corn. Frozen corn is an important ingredient of fried rice, stir fry, and other dishes. The problem is that it’s not easy to store and it can be forgotten in the freezer. To avoid that, let the corn remove all its moisture and store it in sealed clear bags so that you can easily see the contents. When you are ready to cook, simply take them out and rehydrate before putting in the dish.
2. Carrots. Carrots are hard and less hydrated than other vegetables, so drying it out is easy. To make it even simpler, cut it into tiny pieces and let them sit on a dehydrating machine for some time. What about the vitamins in the carrots? They will be preserved with the dried vegetable, so there’s nothing to lose.
3. Cabbage. Cabbage is one vegetable that’s easy to put in all kinds of dishes. It would be nice to have a steady supply, and that’s possible by cutting cabbage into tiny pieces and letting them dry. You can use the natural drying heat of the sun or you can also use a dehydrating machine.
4. Beans. Unless you have mung beans that are dry and needs to be boiled in water, storing beans is a problem. You could dry green beans or black beans with the use of a food dehydrator. Afterwards, you don’t even need to refrigerate the beans. Simply store them in containers and place them in the counter, ready to be used.
5. Tomato. Tomato is a particularly juicy fruit. It would only take a few days for it to get overripe and start releasing juice inside your refrigerator where it remains untouched. Instead of throwing tomatoes away, you can make sun-dried tomatoes and store them in sealed containers. Sun-dried tomatoes are great for making pastas and other dishes. Don’t worry about the taste because it is preserved, if not improved.

Alesha Wilson is a staff writer at Rockwell Nutrition is a leading online retailer of Pharmax probiotics.

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