Food Saver Series: Peas and Broccoli


Ok, I am going to admit it -this is a cheat. I love to garden, but peas have always given my problems. And the broccoli, I usually grow it in the spring and fall, but we usually don’t have any extra to put away – so I thought it would be good to show how to dry frozen – bought – food.

This is a great option for when your local store is having a good sale. When we get one, I buy in bulk.

When drying already frozen food you have a couple things to remember – one, you don’t have to blanche the food. Which saves time. And two, before freezing it, it will need to be fully thawed. I usually pull out whatever I am planning to dry out of the freezer the night before and put in in the fridge so it can thaw overnight.

Drying Peas:

Once thawed, place peas on drying rack that has a mesh screen (peas can be very small when dry). They will need to dry for 8-10 hours.

Drying Broccoli:

Once thawed, I cut large pieces of broccoli into smaller pieces – making the pieces a bit more uniform. Then place them on the drying rack and dry for 6-8 hours.


And that’s it, remember I told you that if I could do it anyone could!


Check back next Friday when I talk about how to dry potatoes!

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