What if you could take the tastiest essence of nearly any fruit or vegetable and put it in a handy form you could use in sauces, soups, salad dressings, and even as a mix-in with yogurt or ice cream. Would you be interested? Well, when you create your own powders from dehydrated produce, that’s exactly the product you end up with!
Take a bushel of fresh, juicy vine ripened tomatoes, slice them up, toss them (figuratively) on food dehydrator trays, and a few hours later you get have dehydrated tomato slices, ready for long-term storage. For a perfect homemade tomato powder, just put several slices in a blender, I use a Magic Bullet, push ‘on’ and in moments you have tomato powder. With this powder and a little water, you can make your own tomato paste, tomato sauce, and a tasty tomato based salad dressing. It’s a great backup to the tomato products you have in your pantry.
Try this same trick with dehydrated mushrooms. Stir your mushroom powder in with ground beef for the tastiest meatballs and hamburgers ever or add to gravy. Personally, I love the flavor of jalapenos and have been watching for a good sale so I can try out jalapeno powder in my scrambled eggs.
You have nothing to lose other than a few ounces of dehydrated produce by experimenting a little. Make your own celery and onion powders. Do you love the flavor of eggplant? What might your meatloaf taste like with a little eggplant powder sprinkled in? These homemade powders make experimenting easy and provide yet another reason to dehydrate your own foods!