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YellowRose Posted - Aug 29 2014 : 3:03:43 PM
6 8oz pkg. port-a-bella mushrooms - yielded 1 quart & 1/2 pint

1 lemon zest






Sara
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YellowRose Posted - Feb 22 2020 : 03:56:10 AM
Sara, drying noodles is something I haven't done - maybe it's because I have never made any. Did it take long?

One of the things I like about drying is how it reduces produce down so you can store more in less space.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

saram Posted - Feb 21 2020 : 11:03:46 PM
One tray of sage from the garden (one herb that over winters here) and a tray of homemade noodles.

Next day, six trays of mushrooms which made two quarts dried.
StitchinWitch Posted - Jan 29 2020 : 12:35:40 PM
I usually wait until some man happens by and ask them to cut the winter squash but I like Sara's method of hitting the knife with a hammer or such. I have a squash on my counter that has been waiting for a while so I may try it tonight.

Judith

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YellowRose Posted - Jan 29 2020 : 08:16:14 AM
Sara I know what you mean about doing harm to life and limb. I use a hard rubber headed meat tenderizer to hammer a large butcher knife into the pumpkin/squash. Come to think of it that's not pretty either. Smashing the pumpkin/squash is looking better and better.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

saram Posted - Jan 29 2020 : 07:47:34 AM
I love the pumpkin smashing idea! Just last night I was hammering two butcher knives together trying to cut a winter squash in half. I couldnít even extract the first knife from the squash without risk of injury!
YellowRose Posted - Jan 29 2020 : 04:49:55 AM
Michelle it wasn't any fun but the first batch came out at 2 a.m. this morning and second batch went in. I was up for a glass of ice water and let Annie out. One batch still in fridge. The spaghetti squash was easy to peel off the parchment paper. Required putting new parchment paper on trays. Looks like since it took close to 20 hrs to dry the parchment paper became brittle. Will let you how I like it the first time I re-hydrate and cook some.

The next time if there is ever a next time I will do as Lisa said she did pumpkins and the like. Drop them on concrete. May not be pretty but gets the job done quicker and easier. Added bonus to doing the spaghetti squash my little worm farm got the stringy stuff in the middle without the seeds and found out Annie likes plain spaghetti squash.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

windypines Posted - Jan 29 2020 : 03:06:12 AM
yicks that does not sound like fun to do Sara. Hope it was worth your effort.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Jan 28 2020 : 08:01:11 AM
Raining all day today so I brought my dehydrator into my kitchen. Have the two huge spaghetti squash in the oven to dry later today. Don't want to deal with them again for a very long time. They are a chore to cut up and to get the seeds out.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

YellowRose Posted - Jan 21 2020 : 12:43:49 PM
Sara I haven't gotten to it yet. Maybe next week. One thing about spaghetti squash you have time before it has to be done.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

saram Posted - Jan 21 2020 : 12:23:00 PM
Sara how did the spaghetti squash turn out?
saram Posted - Jan 16 2020 : 12:15:53 PM
Hmmm. Sounds like an interesting experiment.

I havenít yet made mushroom broth, but I do save and use the broth created when I need to reconstitute dried mushrooms.
YellowRose Posted - Jan 16 2020 : 10:12:07 AM
I was given two large spaghetti squash. I went on-line to see if anyone dried them. Found a site and video. https://www.bing.com/search?q=how+to+dry+spaghetti+squash&form=PRUSEN&pc=UE01&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&msnews=1&rec_search=1&refig=2a0bc60753994237a5e483832ed7473f&sp=2&qs=AS&pq=how+to+dry+spaghe&sk=PRES1AS1&sc=8-17&cvid=2a0bc60753994237a5e483832ed7473f

In the coming days or weeks I will roast them and then dry. With only two trays it may take me days to get it done. Dried spaghetti squash should be good in soup as well with tomato sauce and in baked casseroles.


Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

Ninibini Posted - Jan 14 2020 : 9:44:45 PM
Right now, the only thing drying in my house is my skin! Eghads winter is rough! LOL! Hugs - Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

YellowRose Posted - Jan 14 2020 : 8:55:41 PM
Sara, makes me smile to hear your onions were what she needed & wanted. I'm with you on showing more gratitude. I forget from time to time to be thankful for my blessings. And it's important to acknowledge our thanks out loud even if we are alone.

I'm watching the grocery ads for mushrooms and cabbage to be on sale. I used a handful of the dried cabbage in veg soup this week and I think the rest of the quart won't last long because I really like it. And it's hard to keep home canned mushroom broth on the shelve. I seem to use it as much as my chicken broth. I use both dried & fresh mushrooms in making the broth.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

saram Posted - Jan 14 2020 : 8:45:13 PM
Today a woman at the food closet was so happy to find the dried onions.

Itís always humbling to meet a person in a moment of need, expressing gratitude for simple things.

I need to try to express gratitude more often.
YellowRose Posted - Jan 10 2020 : 05:15:04 AM
"It works" two of the best words to hear. Happy for you.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

windypines Posted - Jan 10 2020 : 03:03:12 AM
Got the seal for the food savor yesterday. My husband cleaned the area where it goes, and set it in place. Tested it when I got home from work. It works again!!!! So happy, and such a simple fix. Glad that was all it took. Time to stock up on bags again.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

windypines Posted - Jan 09 2020 : 03:21:48 AM
definitely they went above and beyond.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Jan 08 2020 : 07:01:07 AM
Michelle, hope the gasket does the trick. I like dealing with companies who practice good customer service.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

windypines Posted - Jan 08 2020 : 03:01:55 AM
Food saver is actually sending a new gasket free of charge. We had emailed them asking for the correct part number. They said sorry for their slow response(it was over a weekend) and they would send free. They only charge 3 dollars for the gasket. Not sure it will fix the problem as my unit is old. It is a foam gasket, and I pulled the old one out. Will have to clean the plastic then put the new one in. Finger crossed it will work.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Jan 07 2020 : 07:25:28 AM
Sara great job on doing the work to dry the onions for others.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

saram Posted - Jan 07 2020 : 07:18:03 AM
Gosh, I doubt Iíll have more than a pound Michele!

I like the food saver too. But I do have to make a second seal sometimes because one small portion didnít seal.

Did you find you can order a part and replace it yourself?
windypines Posted - Jan 07 2020 : 03:53:46 AM
Sara, I wonder how many pounds of dried onions you will end up with? 3? that is my guess. lol I am getting a new seal for my food saver. I have not used it much lately, as it won't shut off and seal. Will see if this helps, or I may need a new one. I used to use it all the time. I would like to seal herbs and such, as you ladies have suggested.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

saram Posted - Jan 06 2020 : 11:02:42 AM
My drier has been full of diced yellow onions.
At the end of our Christmas basket giveaway at the food closet we had 150 pounds of onions left over, many of them damaged from being moved from place to place. As I was sorting out the bad ones and bemoaning their loss, I suddenly thought, I could cut out the good parts of these, dry them at home and bring them back to give away as dried onions! So Iím working about 25 lbs through my ten trays. They are drying nicely, I just hope I can find people who are adventurous enough to try something new!
saram Posted - Jan 06 2020 : 10:46:09 AM
Judith, you made me laugh!

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