Vegetables

How to Dehydrate Radishes

dehydrating radishes

Here are the easiest methods to dehydrate radishes at home.

Dehydrating radishes allows you to have delicious radish chips on-demand or a ready ingredient for your casseroles or soups – all year round.

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The best part is, radish offers a lot of health benefits. Here are some that are scientifically proven and some that are not, but people believe in:

  • Saves RBCs – Radish helps control red blood cell damage, in the process increasing the blood oxygen supply.
  • Generous source of fiber – When eaten regularly as part of your salad fare, radish provides your body with ample amounts of fiber, thus improving your digestion. It likewise regulates the production of bile, safeguards your gall bladder and liver, and takes care of your water retention issues.
  • Protects your heart – Radish contains anthocyanin that promotes proper heart functioning, lowering the risk of heart diseases. It is also rich in folic acid, flavonoids, and vitamin C.
  • Regulates blood pressure – The veggie has potassium that helps lower blood pressure, and normalizes blood flow, particularly for hypertensive patients.
  • Improves immunity – Because radish is rich in vitamin C, it provides protection from common cough and cold and improves immunity when consumed regularly.
  • Fortifies blood vessels – Radish is important in collagen generation. It improves blood vessels and lowers the risk of atherosclerosis.
  • Good for metabolism – The veggie is good for the digestive system, and helps control gastric issues, acidity, nausea, and obesity, among others.
  • Nutrient-rich – Radish is loaded with various vitamins and antioxidants, potassium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, iron, copper, and manganese.
  • Promotes skin health – Radish helps keep acne, pimples, rashes, and dryness at bay. You can also use radish paste as a facial cleanser.
  • Good for hydration – Radish has high water content, helping you keep hydrated, especially in summer.

How to Dehydrate Radishes

There are various methods to dehydrate radishes, especially for the store-bought kind. The most popular way is to use a food dehydrator. If none is available, you can use your oven, instead.

Using a food dehydrator to dehydrate radishes

Quick Instructions: dehydrate for 4 to 6 hours at 125F or until everything is done. Then, store the dried veggies in an airtight container. You’re done.

However, the proper way to do it requires preparation. Here is a step by step guide on how to dehydrate radishes at home.

  • Preheat your dehydrator at 125F as you prepare your radishes for drying at the right temperature. Operating at 160F, for instance, doesn’t guarantee faster dehydration. It may only harden the veggies, and you definitely want to avoid that.
  • Thoroughly wash the radish. Use a veggie brush to get rid of debris, and clean the radish skin.
  • Cut and remove the roots and stems. You can set them aside if you want to dehydrate them as well but don’t dehydrate them together with the flesh.
  • Slice the radish into coins. Cut the radish using a knife or a mandolin. However, be extra careful when using a mandolin, and wear a cut-resistant protective glove – even if you’re able to use the guard. It would be quite easy to cut off the fingertips. Slice the radishes into ¼ or 1/6” thin slices. The thinner slices are ideal if you prefer to have crispier snacks.
  • Place the coined radishes on dehydrator trays. This step doesn’t require absolute precision. Just make sure to provide a small space between each coin. Even if the process will shrink them a lot, avoid the coins touching one another at the start. This will also provide good airflow.
  • Dehydrate the radishes for 2 to 4 hours at 125F.

Test if the radishes are completely dehydrated, then allow to cool down. You’ll know if the veggies are completely dehydrated if the outer parts feel dry and the edges are firm. Also, inspect the center. It should be pliable and tender, but not raw and wet.

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Store in airtight containers and keep in a dark, cool place. You can also refrigerate or place in the freezer.

Using an oven to dehydrate radishes

As mentioned, you can use the same oven you use to prepare your meals to dehydrate radishes.

  • Thoroughly wash the radish. Use a veggie brush to remove all debris, and clean the radish skin.
  • Cut and remove the roots and stems. You can set them aside if you want to dehydrate them as well but don’t dehydrate them together with the flesh.
  • Cut the radish into coins. Slice the radish using a sharp knife or a mandolin. When using a mandolin, however, you need to be extra careful. Wear a cut-resistant protective glove – even if you’re using the guard. Accidentally cutting off a fingertip would be too easy. Slice the radishes thinly. ¼ or 1/6” thin slices would be ideal. Remember that the thinner the slices are the crispier the radish chip snacks would be.
  • Your radishes are now ready for dehydration in the oven. Ideally, you should set the oven temperature at the lowest, not more than 200F.
  • Lay down the radish cons on a food tray. Make sure to provide a small space between each coin. Even if the process will shrink the coins a lot, keep them from touching one another at the start. Leave the open door slightly ajar. You can use a wooden spoon handle for this purpose.
  • Let the radish coins dehydrate in the oven. It will take around two to three hours to completely dry the veggies, but get back after 1 ½ hour to check for dryness levels.

You’ll know if the radish coins are completely dry if the exteriors feel dry and the edges are firm. Also, check the center. It should be pliable and tender, but not raw and wet.

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Store in airtight containers, and keep in a dark, cool place. You can also refrigerate or place in the freezer.

How to Store Dehydrated Radishes

It is important to make sure to keep the dried radishes in airtight, food-grade containers. You can also use mason jars.

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Zip-top storage bags made of plastic, however, will not do. This is because they are usually not airtight. They let air permeate through the zipper top, and eventually through the plastic.

While they may be fine for short term storage for most types of food, they aren’t ideal for storing dehydrated products like dried radish. For one, moisture must be kept out at all times, and zip-top storage bags aren’t reliable in this aspect.

In a matter of one or two days, your dried radish coins may already become soft or chewy when stored in zip-top bags. Sure, you can always rehydrate, but that will only result in wastage.