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Sun dried daikon

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If you've got excess daikon to hand now is a great time to sun dry them, the air is no longer humid so veggies can dry out before going moldy. You'll need a few sunny days at the beginning of the process to get them dry enough that they won't go moldy if you do get some cloudy weather so check your forecast before starting. You could probably get by with an ordinary kitchen Julienne slicer on it's thickest blades but it's a lot easier with a proper slicer when handling whole daikon. Something like this

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Clean your daikon thoroughly and have at them with the slicer then spread them out somewhere they can sit in the sun all day long. We made some simple frames using left over window mesh but any sort of netting is fine.

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You don't want to leave them out all night if it's going to freeze or have dew or frost in the morning so the frames make it easy to pull them inside and put them back out the next morning but if you have a vinyl house you could just leave them spread out over night there.

Within a few days, depends on how much sunshine they get the slices should have dried up something like this

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When they are dry enough bring them inside and store somewhere. they should last quite a while as is but if you wanted to be really safe either leave the container slightly open to allow further drying indoors, freeze them or pop a small sachet of silica gel inside the container (your local 100 Yen shop should help there). The slices can be eaten raw, popped into soup or stews or deep fried for use as a topping.

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So, you are aiming for something like this at the end of the process

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Slightly yellow in colour and a texture of soft leather, ie flexible not ultra crispy.

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oh I want to try this when I get some going.

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If you do give it a go wait until after the daikon have had some frost, the difference in flavour is night and day. The dried daikon that have been exposed to frost in the field are way sweeter and have a much better flavour.

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Pro tip right there. I will remember that. :clap: