Originally Posted by betterthanabox
How do you do it? I buy those bags as well and want more broccoli. I just got a dehydrator, but don't know how to use it.
I cut broccoli off the stalk leaving a small stalk with each head. If some heads are larger I will slice themin half. I drop them into boiling water to blanch, usually only about 30 seconds to a minute. I take them out of the boiling water and put into a bowl filled with ice and water. That stops the cooking process. This is all done to keep the broccoli a nice green color when dried. If you don't blanch it then it will turn brown when you dehydrate it.
I have an exaliber and I use every other tray if they are too tall for each tray to slide in. After dehydrating I store them in glass jars with lids that I vacume seal with a jar lid attachment.
I rehydrate by covering about 1/2 cup broccoli with boiling water until hydrated, then add to the side dish while it is cooking.
A really good source for how to dehydrate videos that I use a lot is called.
She has done some nice videos and recipes on using the dried foods.