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Dehydrating winter squash

Some of the winter squash we had stored reached the end of its shelf life so I spent a few days roasting, dehydrating and preparing the the squash powder for long and short term storage. This is a multi stage process that is well worth the effort. The powder when stored properly will last for years and can be used in any recipe that calls for puree of pumpkin, butternut or other winter squash.

step 1: peel, seed and cut the squash into large cubes. Than, roast the cubes until soft
step 2: purée the roasted squash and spread out on dehydrator trays.
step 3: Dehydrate at 125-135 degrees until dry. In my dehydrator this took about 10 hours.
step 4: blend the dried squash into a powder. I powerful blender is very helpful for this step.
step 5: For long term storage portion the powder into Mylar with oxygen absorbers and seal. If the powder will be used within a couple of months an air tight jar worked well.

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