Correct Re-hydration of Fruit and Vegetable Powders
The correct re-hydration of fruit and vegetable powders gives the best nutritional value along with their great convenience. Dehydrated vegetables maintain a high level of their nutritive value when re-hydrated and can be used in a variety of recipes. Powdered fruit and vegetables are particularly convenient for making high nutrient smoothies.
The degree to which de-hydrated powders retain nutritional values, in keeping with the typical high quality fresh juice or pulp of an original fruit or vegetable, depends upon several factors including the quality of the original produce. One of the most important issues is the original method of de-hydration and manufacture and storage of the product.
Boost Nutrients focus on a slow low-heat method of drying from a pureed fruit or vegetable product. This compares much more favorably to freeze drying for retention of colours, flavours and nutrients of the produce.
How to Re-hydrate Vegetable Powders.
Lets review how to re-hydrate vegetable powders. Vegetable powders are really simple to re-hydrate. For a smoothie, simply add your desired strength of powder to water. (See re-hydration ratio below). Stir briskly and let it stand for a minute. Next stir in any other ingredients and drop it down fast. It is not really necessary to re-hydrate vegetable powders prior to using them in a recipe that requires cooking.
How to re-hydrate Fruit Powders.
There is a simple method in how to re-hydrate fruit powders and its not really complicated. Much like vegetable powders its a matter of choice and use. For a fast fruit smoothie, just spoon your fruit powder into a glass of water and stir. Make sure you quickly reseal your powder to ensure no moisture gets in. Its best to open your air tight container in an air conditioned room on hot humid days.
Re-hydration ratio For Fruit & Vegetable Powders.
Boost Nutrients publish the recommended ratio of powder to water for re-hydration of each of its fruit and vegetable powders. It is listed per 100g of powder under the product description, for each powdered fruit & vegetable products on our website. This ratio is specific to Boost Nutrient’s own powdered fruit and vegetable products as they are different to most other fruit and vegetable powders. They are NOT freeze dried products and so you will not get the same level of nutrients, colour or flavour with these ratios using other products.
Lets examine Boost Nutrient’s Australian Spinach Powder. Our published re-hydration rate is to add 1900ml of water to 100g of product to give 2000 of re-hydrated product. So our small 100g sample pack with re-hydrate to 2 litres of product. However if your making a smoothie for the purpose of increasing your nutrient intake, you might choose to make it double the normal strength. Its a matter of choice as to taste and purpose and also what other ingredients you like to add to a vegetable smoothie.
Whatever your style, you can not deny the sheer convenience of powdered spinach for a super green smoothie in seconds from your pantry. And with zero carrying, storing and chopping of fresh spinach leaves.