Until recently it had never dawned on me to dehydrate my sauces in our food storage. I saw several videos on you tube on how to do this and thus my adventure begins.
This particular article is about dehydrating Louisiana Hot sauce. Our family loves this on chicken and fajitas. (Well, mostly me. 🙂 )
I started with a 64 fl oz container of sauce I bought at Sam’s Wholesale for just under $4.00.
I then lined my Excalibur trays with Non Stick Dehydrator Sheets. I have heard of people using wax paper, but I prefer to use these because they are thicker and when doing sauces or fruit leather it peels off very nicely and wipes clean. (My opinion is that it is more cost effective to purchase something I can use multiple times verses throwing something away and re buying more of it.)
Next I measured a cup and a half of sauce per tray. Surprisingly, the entire 64 oz bottle of hot sauce fit on all five trays doing it this way. However, when I do it again I may only use one cup so it dries faster.
I set the dehydrator on 145° which is the setting used for fruit leather. I started this at 3:00 pm and let it run for about 8 hours at which point I had to go to bed. It was not dry in the center. I turned it down to 125° for the night because I was scared of over drying it. (silly, I know) In hindsight, it probably would of been alright to leave it at 145°, but being my first time I was leery.
When I awoke the next morning it still was not dry in the center so I cranked it back up to 145° and let it dry for another 9 hours for a total of 17 hours.
The key is that you do not want it to have the consistency of fruit leather. (fruit roll-ups) You want it to crack like a potato chip so when you blend it it forms a powder.
Now its time to pull out the chopper/blender. It is better to use a smaller one for these sorts of projects. Begin breaking off pieces of the hot sauce and packing it into the chopper.
I used my rival brand chopper and it did ok. However, I have been told by several people to purchase a Bella Rocket Blender to use when I want to do projects like this. So now mine is on the way!! 🙂 Because of its reviews by preppers I have since added it to my *Amazing Gifts For Preppers* article.
So what was the final outcome? A 64 fl oz container of hot sauce turned into a 2 cup, pint size jar of dehydrated hot sauce. Talk about saving space in your food storage pantry!! I was amazed.
To rehydrate the sauce, simply add a 1 to 3 ratio. One part powder to three parts (more or less to taste) hot water. It turned back into its original form in a matter of minutes and you would never know the difference.