Preserving Asparagus by Dehydrating
Whether you have grown asparagus in your garden and can't eat them all, or you find them on sale, now is the time to preserve the taste and vitamins for Winter use.
Wash asparagus, cut off the tough ends, and cut into 1 inch pieces. Add them to a large pot of boiling water and boil for two minutes. While that's going on, prepare a large bowl of ice water. When the two minutes is up, drain the asparagus and immediately place them in the ice water to stop the cooking process and to cool. Place the pieces on dehydrator trays, with just a little space in between (the pieces will shrink). Dehydrate. May take from 12 to 16 hours to dry at 115 degrees F. Store dried asparagus in a cool dark moisture-proof area (I store dried foods in mason jars, covered with a construction-paper label of contents and date).
Use to create cream of asparagus soup, or to add to soups and stews.
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