Even though I don't have my sweet potatoes yet, I do have the rest of the huge one from Monday. So, tonight I finally started dehydrating it.
I need to know how much dehydrated sweet potato makes a 1/2 cup serving when rehydrated. After measuring out 1/2 cup of the sweet potato, I put it on the Excalibur fruit rollup tray and spread it out. It went into the dehydrator at 7:30 pm. By noting this here, I won't have to remember or make a note on the time...lol. Clever, huh? It's rather humid, so the time it takes to dehydrate will be just a good guess the next time I do this.
When the sweet potato is dehydrated, it will be a hard sheet of sweet potato. I will break it up and place it in my coffee bean grinder. I can measure the results to determine how much to use to rehydrate for a 1/2 cup serving.
More fruit rollup sheets for my Excalibur will be on my list for Santa. Really, I have been good!
By conducting this experiment now , I won't have to experiment with a whole jar of sweet potato powder. Don't I lead an exciting life?
The other eight trays are empty right now. However, apples can go in with the sweet potatoes.
There is a little less than 1/2 cup left of the sweet potato, so that is on the menu for tomorrow. I will consider the rehydrated sweet potato as a head start for Thanksgiving dinner.
Although it was totally unnecessary, I left the half cup of sweet potatoes to dehydrate until about 8 pm tonight. So, that was 24 hours the sweet potatoes stayed in the dehydrator. I think 12 hours would have been sufficient. But, that does not matter since the humidity and heat will vary the next time.
I used my coffee bean grinder and mostly whirred them to an orange powder. I always forget and open the top too soon. An orange cloud greeted me when I impatiently removed the top. When will I ever learn?
After dehydrating and grinding to smithereens, I have about 3 Tbsp of sweet potato powder. I wonder if it has the same nutrition. It is in a 4 ounce Ball Canning or Freezing jar. There are 16 Tbsp in an 8-ounce jar. So, approximately three servings will fit in the jar. When I dehydrate more sweet potatoes, I will use a larger jar.
Have you ever dehydrated sweet potatoes?