Rehydration using a French Press

If you cook with a lot of dehydrated food, try using a
French press to rehydrate dried foods.

When rehydrating dehydrated foods, the general process is to add the food to a bowl, add enough hot water to cover it for about 15-30 minutes, and wait until the food plumps up. But it’s hard to gauge how much water you need and I always seem to add too much.

Using a French Press, all you have to do is add dried food to the press, cover it with water and push down the plunger so it is completely covered. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes or until your food has fully rehydrated and pour off the excess water. If you get a clear glass press you will be able to see the food as it rehydrates without having to uncover it.

Using a stainless steel plunger is important as food can be affected by other metals. This is the French Press I use: French Coffee Press, Glass with Stainless Steel Filter

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