There`s not much I can add to the title other than the photos so let`s start there:
This all started with 5 pounds of beets, 1 celery root and 7 or 8 pounds of onions. Thanks to the mandolin, slicing was quick and precise – really did these to kill an hour after work on a Friday night.
It took about an hour of work to do. The onions were done (for the most part) in about 5 hours while the others finished in about 10 (I needed them to be very dry). All were done at the same time at 125 degrees (52 celcius). I cannot emphasize enough how handy the mandolin is here – it speeds things up and, despite very comfortable knife skills, it ensures everything is exactly the same width and finishes in equal time.
This is the second time we`ve done onions. They will be used in many things – pizza, bread. soup and even salad toppings. It is amazing that the entire lot fits into a 4-cup jar. The smell is fragrant and sweet – the taste is super concentrated (they lose their water, not their flavor after all).
The beets and celery were dehydrated till crisp. I am not done with these yet – you`ll have to tune in tomorrow to see the final results if your curious.