Because we wanted to make it easy for you by making our kit shelf
stable allowing you to make your broth whenever you have the time. Dehydrated vegetables are dried at their peak of freshness.
Do dehydrated veggies lose their nutritional value?
The answer is no. You might be surprised to know that pound for pound, dehydrated vegetables have almost the identical nutritional value as fresh vegetables. They can be even better nutritionally than fresh foods. That’s because dehydrating keeps vegetables from degrading while preserving the vitamins so your body can enjoy all of the wonderful nutrients and antioxidants, no matter when you choose to make your broth.
What is the Difference Between dehydrated and raw vegetables?
The biggest difference between fresh food and dehydrated foods is water. The process of dehydrating preserves food by removing 98 percent of its water content. While preventing food from spoiling, it still maintains most of its flavor, color, texture, and nutritional value.
The way it works is the lower the temperature you dry vegetables, at the more nutrients they retain. When it comes to dehydrating fruits and vegetables, the dehydrating process is used to gently evaporate the water from the produce. Consider the fruits and vegetables sitting around in your refrigerator produce bin losing nutrients. Arguably we should not worry about the loss of nutrients in dehydrating since there will be plenty of nutrition left.
Dehydrated vegetables may even be more nutritious because they are dehydrated at their peak of freshness. Once they are harvested, they are dehydrated right away. In this case by doing so dehydrated foods can be even better nutritionally than fresh foods. Dehydrating keeps vegetables from degrading and keeps the vitamins intact. If you consider raw vegetables have been ripening while they travel to the market, then they’ve been sitting on the display cases until they are purchased. Clearly they are not at their freshest point.
Can I make Vegetable Broth with the Spice Kit?
Yes, It makes a delicious vegetable broth. Just combine the spice kit with water in your Instant Pot and cook for 1 ½ hours or 3 hours on your stove top. You’ll get many more quarts of vegetable broth because there are no bones in the pot to take up the room.
Can I use the Veggie Spice Kit as a soup base?
We would not recommend using the kit for soups. The Veggie Spice Kit has peppercorns to help activate the turmeric’s healing properties. Peppercorns are not that palatable in a soup, they are meant to be strained out. You also may want to be able to control the amount of spices you put in your soup.
How long will the dehydrated vegetables last?
Dehydrated vegetables will last many years because 98% of their water has been removed. This means that your spice kit will always be fresh, nutrient dense and ready for you to make broth whenever you want.
Where to buy bones for the broth?
From your next door neighbor the hunter, left over chicken or turkey carcasses that you’ve frozen. You can also but them at your local high end grocery store like Whole Foods or Bristol Farms. In the Pacific Northwest you can get them at Whole Foods. Chucks Produce, New Seasons or Rosauers. You can also buy online at Grassroots Coop. Check out Beth’s preferred vendors here.
Are there any preservatives, sulfites or additives?
Our dehydrated veggie spice packet has no preservatives, chemicals, added salts or sugars, or other additives. You can rest assured that all of our vegetables are natural, healthy and delicious.