Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600676
Scrape or peel parsnips, trimming off root and top ends. Cut in 1/8-inch slices or chop in small pieces. Blanching is not necessary for eating dry, but parsnips for cooking should be blanched 3 minutes in water, 4 minutes in steam before drying.
Dehydrator: Spread slices or pieces thinly over trays. Dry 8 to 12 hours at 120 degrees Fahrenheit until crisp, turning slices or stirring pieces occasionally. Rotate trays at least once.
Sun: Spread slices or pieces in a thin layer over trays and place in hot sun in a well-ventilated area. Dry 2 to 3 days, taking inside at night and stirring once or twice a day. Dry until brittle.
Oven or Homemade Dryer: Spread slices or pieces evenly over trays. Dry at 120 degrees Fahrenheit until crisp, 12 to 18 hours, stirring occasionally and rotating trays once or twice.
Uses: Slices are delicious eaten as a snack alone or with a cheese dip. To cook slices or chopped pieces, pour 2 cups boiling water over 1 cup dried parsnips. Cover and simmer until tender, 30 to 45 minutes. One cup yields about 1 1/2 cups cooked vegetable.
MASHED DRIED PARSNIPS
3 cups boiling water 1 1/2 cup dried parsnips 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1/2 cup hot milk Salt and pepper
Pour boiling water over parsnips in a saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat 30 to 45 minutes, until tender. Drain well. Mash with a potato masher or electric mixer. Add butter or margarine and beat until melted. Gradually add hot milk, mixing until milk is absorbed and parsnips are fluffy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 4 to 6.
DRIED PARSNIPS CONTINENTAL
4 cups boiling water 2 cups dried parsnips 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup sour cream
Pour boiling water over dried parsnips in saucepan. Cover and cook until tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Drain. In a bowl combine melted butter or margarine, sugar, salt, lemon juice and sour cream. Pour into a casserole. Pour cooked parsnips over sauce and bake in 350 degrees Fahrenheit in an oven 20 to 25 minutes. Serves 6.