Lettuce is a great source of dietary fiber and contains several important vitamins and minerals. It can be a key element to a healthy diet when combined with other fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Dehydrating lettuce is a simple and cost-effective way to preserve freshness, make it easier to use, and extend the shelf life. This article will walk you through how to dehydrate lettuce and other leafy greens at home using a food dehydrator.
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Do you find yourself pushing the wilted lettuce in the crisper to the back of your fridge over and over again? Perhaps you harvest too much from your garden and can’t eat it all before it goes bad. Or, maybe you are just looking for a healthier snack alternative to the high-calorie chips in your pantry.
The good news is that if you have a good quality dehydrator you can turn your wilted lettuce into nutrient-packed dried green powder that will last for months to come. This will save you money, time, and energy in the long run. It will also help you to reduce your grocery bills throughout the year by reducing the amount of fresh produce you need to buy.
To get the best results, be sure to thoroughly wash your lettuce and other leafy greens with a fruit and vegetable wash before starting. Be sure to dry them well with a paper towel or even better, use a salad spinner to remove as much moisture as possible. Once the leaves are completely dry, you can start the dehydration process. The ideal temperature setting is 95-115oF / 35-46oC, but this will vary depending on your dehydrator and environment (humidity level, etc).