DRYING VEGETABLES, PART 2


by Barb Moody

Carrots

Carrots dry quickly, rehydrate well, and can be used in a variety of ways. They may be dried naturally or balnched, if desired.(See Blanching article.) Unblanched carrots will bleach when dried, but when rehydrated, they will regain their natural color as well as much of their fresh snap and crunch. Dried, shredded carrots make an unusual, tasty munchie just eaten out of hand.

Carrots A L'Orange

Drain off 1/4 cup of liquid and set aside. Place remaining liquid and carrots in a pan, cover and simmer at medium heat until carrots are tender. Add extra water if necessary. Uncover and simmer off any remaining liquid. Add butter and lightly saute carrots. Combine orange concentrate with 1/4 cup of soak liquid, add cornstarch and ginger. Add to carrots, cook until sauce has thickened. Garnish with a spring of fresh parsley or fresh mint.

Super Moist Carrot Cake

SOAK OVER NIGHT:

BLEND TOGETHER:


Mix with soaked carrot mixture in a large bowl.

SIFT TOGETHER:


Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture a small amount at a time. Mix well.

ADD: 1 cup chopped nuts (optional). Mix thoroughly.

Pour into two well oiled, 9 inch baking pans. Bake at 350° for approximately 60 minutes.

If desired, frost with cream cheese frosting. The cake is so moist we like it plain.