How to Dehydrate Cauliflower Rice for Food Storage
Once you learn How to Make Cauliflower Rice, you may want to make a lot of it at one time. But it can take up quite a bit of room in your fridge or freezer. So what’s the best way to store it? Dehydrate it!
Dehydrating Cauliflower Rice
It’s easy to dehydrate cauliflower rice in an electric dehydrator, but there are a few tips that will make the job easier and neater. Depending on what type of dehydrator you have will determine the approach you take.
If you have a circular dehydrator, use the dehydrating trays that are made for making fruit roll-ups. These round trays with a hole in the middle are solid and will prevent the cauliflower rice from falling through the grates of the regular trays.
If you’re using a square dehydrator like an Excalibur Electric Food Dehydrator, you’ll want to cover the mesh drying trays with a silicone drying sheet made for this type of dehydrator. Now, if you don’t have the silicone trays, don’t worry. You can easily place a piece of food-grade parchment paper over the mesh, and this will work perfectly too!
Next Steps for Dehydrating
Once you have all your dehydrator trays filled with the cauliflower rice, you’ll want to set your dehydrator to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 52 degrees Celsius).
It will take anywhere from four hours to eight hours for the “rice” to dry, depending on the size of the “grains.” Once the cauliflower rice is completely dry, it will have a crunchy texture and be ready for storage.
The Best Way to Store Cauliflower Rice
Once you have your cauliflower rice nice and dry, you’ll want to keep it that way. I have found the best way to store it is in canning jars with an oxygen absorber. This will help keep out moisture.
If you want to take another step to further extend the shelf life of your “rice,” use a food saver to extract as much air out of the jar as possible. My favorite is the reasonably-priced, hand-held FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer with the FoodSaver Jar Kit. (As to shelf life, the National Center for Home Food Preservation states that the recommended storage times for dried foods range from 4 months to 1 year.)
How to Rehydrate your Cauliflower Rice
When you’re ready to rehydrate your cauliflower rice, simply take out as much as you want and soak it in hot water for about one hour. Then drain the water, and you’re ready to prepare it any way you like.
I like to give my rehydrated cauliflower rice a quick sauté in a bit of butter and olive oil and then top it with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
More Low Carbohydrate Recipes
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- How to Make Cauliflower Rice – KETO Recipe
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- Best Vegetables for Keto Bone Broth
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