Homemade Dried Vegetables for Soup (No Additives)

Since I got married and I still can’t find work, so I am at home most of the time, I make a lot of things.

I have made many kinds of jam: with figs, blackberries, pumpkin and apples, quince and this year I have a lot of plans :), I want to make raspberry jam and more fig jam, because it was really good, especially with pancakes.

I want to can vegetables, to dry cherry tomatoes naturally, when it’s hot outside.

Here we find blackberries in the forest and figs as well, so it’s free and healthy.

We have plans for this summer, we want to buy a big freezer, to freeze fruits and vegetables for the winter, we want to buy these produce when they’re in the best season, they’re local and healthier.

I think this is the key to healthy and economic living: to buy fruits and vegetables when they’re in season, and to eat what’s in a certain season.

For example, these are some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season now. (it depends on where you are living).

  • artichoke
  • celery
  • pumpkin
  • onions
  • cauliflower
  • spinach
  • leeks
  • beets
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • lemons
  • kiwis
  • apples
  • oranges
  • pears
  • pineapples
  • grapes
  • kaki

 

I think that what you do at home it’s best for you, it has lesser ingredients and it’s more healthy.

I don’t use soup mixes of any kind, I make this myself, and you can keep it months in an airtight container, in a dry place.

You can make this in the oven, but it takes a while, you have to dry this for 3-4 hours and I think it’s a lot because the oven consumes a lot of energy so I don’t think it’s economic to dry this 3 hours and to have 200 g of soup mix.

So I tried something else.

I prepared my vegetables:

  • grated carrots
  • onion, finely sliced
  • celery stalk finely sliced or grated
  • celery and parsley leaves

This is how I made it.

I prepared some parchment paper.

I washed and grated the vegetables  and I let them in a colander for 1 hour to get rid of the excess water. I washed the leaves and put them aside as well and then tear them by hand a little bit.

I spread them on the parchment paper and I moved the paper on the radiator.

Every day I would turn the vegetables to dry evenly.

In three days they were dry. So I blend them in the coffee grinder, but not too much, I like mine to have some texture.

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This soup mix lasts some months in an airtight container. You can put salt in it as well, but be careful not to forget when you make the soup and put more salt and ruin the soup.

I hope you like this simple trick that I do. Let me know if you do it as well, especially now in the winter, when you have the radiator on.

I think it’s practical to dry the vegetables on the radiator because you have to warm the house, so you do two things at a time, with the same energy, so it’s more economic.

Homemade dried vegetables for soup (no additives)
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Ingredients
  1. grated carrots
  2. onion, finely sliced
  3. celery stalk finely sliced or grated
  4. celery and parsley leaves
Instructions
  1. Prepare a parchment paper.
  2. Wash and grate the vegetables and let them in a colander for 1 hour to get rid of the excess water.
  3. Wash the leaves and put them aside as well and then tear them by hand a little bit.
  4. Spread them on the parchment paper and move the paper on the radiator.
  5. Turn the vegetables every day to dry evenly.
  6. After 3 days, they're dry. Blend them in the coffee grinder.
  7. This soup mix lasts some months in an airtight container. You can put salt in it as well, but be careful not to forget when you make the soup and put more salt and ruin the soup.
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2 Responses to “Homemade Dried Vegetables for Soup (No Additives)”

  • I like seeing someone like you saving all the fruits available now so you have plenty in the winter, not many do this these days.
    We have 100 Nashi Pears trees in our orchard, the fruit will be ready in about three weeks, pity you weren’t living in NZ, you could help yourself to all the fruit you wanted.
    Happy day preserving or is it canning where you live.

    • Thank you for your words :). We live in Spain, so it’s pretty far. I like having homemade canned fruits and vegetables. I feel good that I can provide for my family this way, and it’s really entertaining for me as well :).

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