FAQ's

1. What are Dehydrated Vegetables?

Dehydrated vegetables are vegetables from which the water content is removed through an innovative air drying process. Drying removes the moisture from the vegetables, thus inhibiting the microbial growth and hence increasing the shelf life of the vegetable. The drying is achieved by the circulation of hot, dry air through the vegetable which is to be dried. Drying also makes the vegetables smaller and lighter in weight and becomes easy for storage. It also slows down the work of microorganisms (enzymes) but does not inactivate them. When the dried veggies are ready for use, soak in water to rehydrate them, and can be used as a fresh vegetable.

2. Is Dehydrated Vegetable Healthy?

What are its benefits? You bet. Food drying is one of the oldest methods of preserving food. Drying is different from canning and freezing methods. Knowing about dehydrated vegetables can help you live a healthy vegetarian lifestyle.

Benefits of Dehydrated Vegetables:

  • Preserves many of the nutrients that are available in the vegetables
  • Prevents spoilage, so you can easily keep chilli, red and green capsicum, tomato and other veggies for a long time, upto 18months.
  • A lot lighter and smaller, so they are easier to store or carry
  • Veggies do not have to be refrigerated
  • They are readily cut to add to your dishes • Dry foods are tasty, safe and quick to use
  • Low-fat and safe to consume
  • No Wastage - Only the edible portion of the vegetable is dried.
  • Cost Effective.

3. How are dehydrated vegetables better than fresh vegetables?

Till this morning, fresh vegetables would have been your first vegetable choice. But the below points will convince you to choose dehydrated vegetables for food. Drying veggies is a safe, low-fat and long-lasting practice of preserving them. At genuine pricing, the shelf life of the dried veggies is more compared to fresh vegetables.

Below are the recommendable facts:

Calorie Content

Dehydrated vegetables retain 100% of the calorie content of fresh vegetables while only taking up half of the space for storage.

Nutrient Content

The dehydration process exposes the vegetables to heat and yet the nutritional content is left relatively unchanged. Vitamin A is relatively well-preserved in dried veggies as the temperature is kept controlled. Whereas, conventional cooking methods, however, will lose or destroy it. Water-soluble vitamins may be lost during the rehydration process of dried vegetables, but it can be preserved by re-using the water used for soaking the dried veggies, during cooking.

Dietary Fiber Content

Vegetables are naturally high in fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Dehydration retains the complete dietary fiber content in dried veggies, ensuring a high-fiber food choice. You get the same amount of fiber from dried potatoes, chives and similar foods as you would if they were fresh. Dietary fiber provides mass to your diet and can help reduce the effects of constipation.

Texture and Consumption

Reconstituted dehydrated vegetables often have a softer texture than fresh vegetables. So they are more commonly added to a finished dish, rather than on their own. Some Asian recipes add to their own to provide textural contrast. For instance, a family that requires 1 kg of onions per week will need just 200 gm. of dehydrated onions! They are an exquisite time saver since they are cut and ready to add to your dishes.

4. Who can use Dehydrated Vegetables?

From your home kitchen to industrial kitchens/factories our dehydrated veggies can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, anytime. They are an asset to the consumer to make meals as nutritious as possible. You can add these perfect dried veggies directly into your favourite food in casseroles, soups, bread, omelet’s, stews, and much more. Ideal for hotels, masala product makers, travellers, hikers, instant food makers and institutions with food facilities. Dried vegetables are lightweight and easy to cook, so they make a great addition to your travelling essentials. Having this can help you save money on packet breakfast, lunch and snacks for you and your family. It is also a blessing to areas that have an unreliable electricity supply, or people don’t have refrigerators.

5. How to use dehydrated vegetables in cooking?

Dehydrated Vegetables are a great addition to any meal. Learning how to use dehydrated vegetables help you to make better use of vegetables when they are in season. To use them, you need to reconstitute them (soaking in water). You can even add them directly to high-liquid foods, such as soups, stews and sauces. They are a very good time saver since they are already cut and ready to add to your dishes. So it's easy to make for lunchboxes and breakfast as well. The purpose of soaking the dried veggies in water is to rehydrate it just long enough for the food to absorb the water, but not too long as to drain minerals and lose its sweetness into the water. Fifteen minutes to an hour would be more than enough. You can use the soaking water too. Preparing a tasty soup or stir-fry is easier when you have access to healthy and delicious dehydrated veggies.

6. How long will dried vegetables last?

For those of you new to this concept, removing the oxidising oxygen is one of the key elements in extending the life of dehydrated foods. In fact, Herbs, flowers and spices, once dried, last a very long time. When the dried veggies are carefully sealed and stored away from moisture, they have a shelf life that will last for 2 years or even longer. If you live in a dry climate, the shelf-life can be extended. In fact, of all the food processing techniques available, dehydration maintains more of nutrition than frozen or canned counterparts. You can enjoy a quick, easy meal with our potatoes, carrots, french beans, onions, and other veggies that are not only tasty but also nutritious. Because of the quality and long shelf life of dehydrated foods, they are an excellent source for hotels, masala makers, institutions and any instant food makers.

7. How do I store dried veggies?

Moisture is the worst enemy of dried foods. Dried veggies exposed to air absorb the moisture in the air and become stiff and hard. Always store dried foods in airtight containers and label them as it’ll be easy to locate. Store the containers in a dark, dry place with a moderate temperature. Your kitchen cupboard or shelf is an ideal spot.

8. How long does dehydrated food last after opening?

Dehydrated foods will last from one season to the next. In fact, dried herbs and flowers last a very long time. For optimum quality, rotate dried vegetables annually. Enjoy their quality all year round by replacing them when their season returns.

9. Are Dried Vegetables Good for Weight Loss?

Yes! Dried vegetables are naturally low in fat, yet high in fiber. Dehydrated foods are the best way to keep raw food handy, so you don't snack on junk. The calorie contents of a fresh food stay the same even when dried. Your weight will go down, and energy levels soar, the more raw foods you eat.

10. What are the vegetables available in dehydrated products?

Stock up nutritious vegetables in various available forms – Flakes, Minced, Granules & Powder. They are premium, quality, nutritious, and tasty veggies. The pack includes: Onion, Carrot, Tomato, Ginger, Green Chilli, Garlic, Potato, Cabbage, Red and Green Capsicum, French Beans, Ring Beans, Chives, Green Peas, Capsicum, Curry Leaf & Coriander.

The mesh sizes are as follows:

Minced : ( 1-3mm, 2-4mm, 3-5mm & above )
Granules : ( 0.2-0.8mm & below )
Powder : ( 120 mesh, 100mesh, 80mesh )
Raw Material Used : White Onion or Red Onion ( as per customer’s requirements )

Have any questions? Feel free to contact us. Call us in 9600927262 or write to us at sales@meviveinternational.com and we will help you place your quality order.