Dried (or dehydrated) vegetables are a little-known secret that is slowly making its way from the "people in the know" to everyone who prepares meals. For just a fraction of what canned or frozen vegetables cost, with a higher nutritional value and no added sodium, you can buy dehydrated vegetables in bulk. Easily rehydrated, you can use them like the fresh vegetables you would have had to wash, slice and prepare. Use them in all of your favorite recipes or eat them just like you would if they were canned, fresh or frozen. Those who have tried them say there is little discernible difference in the flavor or appearance.
It depends on the vegetable, but most dried vegetables will gain 200% to 350% in volume and 325% to 600% in weight when rehydrated. Just a couple of tablespoons may be sufficient for that pot of soup or as a side dish. Their shelf life has greatly improved over the years, too. Having a moisture content of only 1% to 3%, they will not spoil, go rancid or get freezer burn as long as you store them in a dry place. Try ’em, you'll love ’em!