Dehydrating Corn and Green Beans

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For years I have dehydrated all kinds of food for my family.  Fruits, vegetables, herbs, meat and even complete meals are on my regular dehydrating list.  Two vegetables that I have always dried without using the dehydrator though were Green Beans and Sweet Corn.

Stringing Green Beans picture found at http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com/

Stringing Green Beans picture found at http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com/

I used to take a needle and heavy string and string up green beans to dry indoors.  Green Beans dried this way are called “Leather Britches”.  This is a very old method and it works well as long as you don’t mind veggies hanging around your living room or kitchen. 

Cast iron corn dryer picture found online

Cast iron corn dryer picture found online

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Corn is another one I have always dried without a dehydrator. I just stuck the cob of corn on a cast iron dryer and let it hang around til it was dry, then I’d shell it and store it.

I tried something new for me this week though, I dried both green beans and sweet corn in the dehydrator.  It was definitely faster.

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Dried green beans can be used in soups and stews or just cooked the way you would ordinarily cook fresh green beans. The ones dried in the dehydrator are dried very dry, they are hard and crispy.  When I dry them on string they normally don’t ever get that dry, but I wanted them to be completely dry so I could store them in jars.  To dry Green Beans in the dehydrator, just rinse them off to get dirt and leaves off, break and string the beans, shell the over ripe beans, then place them in the dehydrator at 125*F. You can’t really over dry Green Beans so let the dehydrator run til they are so crisp that they break apart if you try to crush them with a hammer or heavy object.  I let these run in the dehydrator for about 8 hours.

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The sweet corn is dry and crispy too, so when I store it in jars it won’t grow mold.  Sweet corn is naturally very moist so it can take a little longer than the beans but this batch ran 8 hours at 115*F and turned out great. To prepare sweet corn for dehydrating, shuck the corn, pull out all the silks, cut the kernels off the cob with a big, sharp knife. Lay the kernels on the dehydrating mats in a single layer. Dehydrate at 115*F til completely dry, like the green beans. You don’t want to dry corn or beans at a higher temp because you can dry out the outside and leave moisture in the center, this is called case hardening and leads to mold growth.

This batch of dried beans and corn will be stored in mason jars but you could also store them in vacuum bags or in the freezer.  Dehydrated foods don’t take up much room so when you use them, think about how much they will plump up after cooking. I would use about 2 cups of this dried corn in a pot of vegetable soup, for example.

Try some dehydrating on your own.  Its one of the easiest ways to preserve your food.

    

About Sylvia

Sylvia is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper Network website and ministry. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee. They are the parents of 5 children and grandparents to three so far. They have homeschooled since 1990. Sylvia is a Christian and enjoys mentoring women, writing articles for several magazines, gardening, Bible study and creating a peaceful holy home. Follow Sylvia on Google+ or check out her 21st Century HomeKeeper podcasts on the Preparedness Radio Network.
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6 Responses to Dehydrating Corn and Green Beans

  1. Sylvia, do you eat them dried, or do you rehydrate them?
    Thanks!
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    • Sylvia says:

      Vickilynn
      I rehydrate them, just by tossing them in a soup or cooking them as I would if they were fresh. They don’t take a long rehydrating process before they can be used.

  2. Gail says:

    Hi Sylvia,
    Is it possible to shell the beans after dehydrating and store just the bean or do they not come open very easily after drying. My husband does not like the beans preserved at all but I thought I could just add the actual dehydrated bean to my soups and stews.
    Blessings Gail.

    • Sylvia says:

      Gail,
      If your beans are ready to be shelled, then yes you can shell them after dehydrating. If they aren’t ready to be shelled before dehydrating, then they won’t be shelled easily even after dehydrating.

  3. Did you blanch the green beans first?