How do you store dehydrated vegetables long term?

Answered by Willian Lymon

When it comes to storing dehydrated vegetables for the long term, there are a few methods that I find to be effective. My preferred method is using vacuum-sealed mason jars. This method not only keeps the vegetables fresh and free from moisture, but it also helps to preserve their flavor and nutritional value.

To store dehydrated vegetables using this method, start by filling clean and dry mason jars with the dehydrated vegetables. It’s important to ensure that the jars are completely dry to prevent any moisture from entering and spoiling the vegetables. Once the jars are filled, use a vacuum sealer to remove all the air from the jars and create a tight seal.

Another option for short-term storage is using plastic zipper bags. These bags are convenient and can be easily sealed to keep out moisture. However, they are not as effective for long-term storage as they do not provide the same level of protection against air and moisture as vacuum-sealed jars.

For those looking to store dehydrated vegetables for an extended period, Mylar pouches with oxygen absorbers are a great choice. These pouches are made from a durable and flexible material that helps to keep out moisture and oxygen, which can lead to spoilage. The oxygen absorbers work by removing any oxygen present in the pouch, further extending the shelf life of the vegetables.

Regardless of the storage method you choose, it’s important to keep your dehydrated vegetables away from moisture as much as possible. Moisture can lead to mold growth and spoilage, rendering your hard work and efforts in dehydrating the vegetables futile.

In my personal experience, I have found that vacuum-sealed mason jars work exceptionally well for long-term storage. I have stored dehydrated vegetables in this manner for several months, and they have remained fresh and flavorful. The vacuum-sealed jars also make it easy to see the contents and quickly grab what I need when it’s time to use the vegetables.

Storing dehydrated vegetables for the long term requires proper packaging to prevent moisture and air exposure. Vacuum-sealed mason jars are my preferred method, but plastic zipper bags can be used for short-term storage. Mylar pouches with oxygen absorbers are ideal for extended storage. Regardless of the method, always keep the vegetables away from moisture to maintain their quality.