Re-hydrating the corn was so easy! I could smell it as soon as I opened the vacuum sealed bag; it smelled just like cooked sweet corn on the cob!
I decided tonight that I would go ahead and try re-hydrating the corn and have it to eat with my supper. I got out the vacuum sealed corn, measuring cups, and a couple of bowls and got started on it. I measured out one serving (1/4 cup) of the dehydrated corn and poured it into the glass serving bowl. All the while, smelling the delicious aroma. I didn't really expect it to smell so good, but then I didn't actually know what to expect.
In the picture on the right you can see the dehydrated corn in a bowl ready for me to add water to it. I put 1 cup of water in another bowl and put it in the microwave to boil. I wasn't sure how much water I needed; by calculations normally used I would need 1/3 cup of water. (You take the weight of the product before dehydrating and then the weight after dehydration and subtract the lesser weight and that's how much water to add back in to re-hydrate. And then I divided that by 4 because I wanted to make 4 servings.) But, just to be sure I had enough I put 1 cup of water in to boil. It was a good thing I did because that 1/3 cup of water just barely covered the corn. So, I added another 1/3 cup of water to it to thoroughly cover the corn and allow for its expansion. Then I stirred the corn and placed another glass bowl over top of it to hold the heat in so the hot water could do it's thing.
Then I sat the corn aside and proceeded to cook the rest of my supper. By the time I got the rest of supper done (it took about 20 minutes) the corn was ready to eat!
I was amazed at how good the corn turned out! There were a few pieces that were a little brown (as you can see in the picture to the left) that I think may have gotten a little bit too done when dehydrating. But, overall it was delicious and the texture was a lot like that of corn on the cob. I did add a little butter to the corn once it was finished re-hydrating because butter always makes corn taste better. Also, in adding the butter I realized I will need to add freeze dried butter in with the corn when I pack it in the vacuum sealer bags in the future. Something I hadn't thought of until then.
I would say that my first experience with dehydrating and re-hydrating was an overwhelming success! However, in the future I will pay closer attention as it gets closer to when the time is up and maybe remove the corn that is ready early to avoid the over-dehydrated brown kernels. Although, the brown kernels did not affect the overall taste of the corn, they were just a little bit rubbery.
If you have any questions about the process of dehydrating and re-hydrating corn or any ideas you would like to share on the subject please comment below. Also, if there is anything you would like for us to discuss here on my blog site let me know by commenting below.
My upcoming article will feature making your own homemade MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Those will be used to put in our BOBs (Bug out Bags).
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!