Okra can be preserved by drying. Okra’s suitability for drying is fair to good. I like to dry okra because it makes a light weight and portable vegetable that can be eaten as a crunchy snack or rehydrated in a stew or soup. Also drying okra is easy to do and storing dried okra does not require the use of freezer space.
Prepare the okra for drying by washing in cool water. Only wash as much okra that can be dried at the same time. Okra can be sliced into pieces or left whole for drying. Whole or sliced, whichever size you decide to use is fine just as long as the pieces are somewhat uniform in size so they will dry at the same time. I left the okra whole. I placed the okra directly onto the drying tray in a single layer.
Then I placed the tray immediately in the dehydrator. Okra is dried until it is brittle. It took me 30 hours in the dehydrator to reach the brittle stage.
I tasted the dried okra and they are delicious and crunchy! I could eat them plain straight from the dehydrator. They were that tasty!