Conditioning Dehydrated Food

| 9/9/2015 9:24:00 AM

Tags: dehydrating, drying, healthy snacks, Florida, Susan Gast,

Conditioning Dehydrated Food

The conditioning of dehydrated food is a step often missed — not on purpose — but out of not knowing about it! When we have dehydrated our fruits and/or vegetables, it's time to let them cool down and then remove them from the dehydrator trays. Grab some "good" Ziploc bags and place the dehydrated goodies into the bags and zip 'em closed.

Let the filled bags sit out overnight on your kitchen counter top. If you live in an extremely warm climate, be on the safe side and put your bags in the refrigerator overnight. The following day, open the bags and feel for moistness.

On my website I tell readers what exactly to expect when the foods are appropriately dehydrated and if your food is "too damp," now is the time to put the food back on the dehydrator trays until the items are properly dried. The aim of the plastic Ziploc bag usage is to help any remaining moisture distribute evenly among the bag's contents. 


Mushrooms, Mushrooms!

There is one vegetable I stress that must be conditioned and that veggie is mushrooms. Bear in mind that mushrooms are dehydrated at two different temperatures (please read more here about that then come on back!) Mushrooms can very easily fool you into thinking they are "dry enough" after the first go-around but you'll be surprised when you check them the day after (while they've been resting in the Ziploc™ bags) at how moist they still may be!

Mushrooms need to be very dry before they are vacuum-sealed and stored away.

9/11/2015 7:28:17 AM

Hi William! Thanks for your comment ... actually, you just made my point for me! The fact that condensation occurred shows that there was/is too much moisture still in the foods. That's why I said to "let them cool" then do the conditioning step. And to repeat what you said, "put them back on..." Have a great day William!

9/10/2015 9:51:34 PM

Of course you'll get moisture in the bag its called condensation,you can put a hot rock in the bag and you'll get convection moisture or condensate. Take the items out spread them on a cookie sheet and check after they cool down if they are not crisp put them back in at 125 for another hour and check again.......dumbest story I ever read.

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