1. Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Will Dehydrated veggies take on much of a smoke flavor?

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by rbranstner, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My mother in law has been bugging me to dehydrate some tomatoes and then smoke them for her. My only thinking is how much smoke will that dried up tomato actually absorbe? My thinking was I would have to cold smoke it then dehydrate it. Anyone have any experience with dehydrated foods then smoking them? Currious what your thoughts are maybe I am way off and the dehydrated food will take on smoke.
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member


     That's a good question.

    I see you are smoking in a gasser .That unit has a water pan to stablize the heat . It also adds moisture to the cooking chamber.

    To me you would be adding moisture to a dehydrated product.

     IMHO i would smoke then dehydrate . BUT. The drying may enhance the smoke flavor??

    Sounds like it's time to do some experimentation.
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Ross

    Richoso just smoked some tomatilloes

    I bet if you smoke the tomatoes first, then dehydrate them, they would retain the smoke.

    Last edited: Oct 27, 2010
  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Todd, I'm on it like a leopard. I'm going to smoke some onion slices and tomatillo quarters, then dehydrate them, then grind them for use in rubs. Great idea,thank you Todd. BTW, I will post the results of this good sounding idea.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  5. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    I wonder what dehydrating smoked fomatoes (or tomatillos) might smell like in the house?

    My wife has read warnings about dehydrating onions because they put out a pretty strong smell.  One recommendation was to move the dehydrator to the garage --- and to make sure your car windows were closed.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes dehydrating onions can leave a pretty good odor. I like onions so it doesn't bother me but it does get on your cloths if they are around the same area.

    I would be cold smoking these tomatoes with my AMNS without any heat then dehydrating them. They would be in my propane rig but without any fire going. I am thinking they would have to be smoked first then dehydrated inorder for them to take in any smoke but I guess you never know.
  7. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I would cold smoke them AMS then dehydrate for max smoke goodness.
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How about throwing some Paprika on a plate and seeing if it will take on some smoke???

    I've been thinking of this for a while, but keep forgetting.

    May be a good way to add additional smokey goodness to your spices!