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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2014 :  3:03:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
6 8oz pkg. port-a-bella mushrooms - yielded 1 quart & 1/2 pint

1 lemon zest






Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2014 :  4:25:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been drying figs.


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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

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Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
2348 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2014 :  4:28:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
These days, I'm finishing up drying figs. This has been an excellent harvest this season. The trees I have fruit out twice a year, so I'll have another harvest in late Fall.

I always dry my celery tops. I buy it weekly, so I'm always rotating trays of celery.

One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt."
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2014 :  4:54:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you ever tried making celery salt? Add dried celery leaves to salt of choice; in the amounts you want. I use Kosher salt and go heavy on adding the celery leaves.

The leaves can be crumbled in your hands or pushed through a strainer depending on if you want fine or coarse leaves. I have used a blender to make celery powder for those that don't want to see pieces of leaves in their salt. The powder is also good in many dishes.



Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

12876 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
12876 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2014 :  5:04:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mangos. Costco has organic mangos on sale. I have two food dryers full of them for our winter fare.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3674 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2014 :  5:41:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Roma Tomatoes! I bought 4 Roma tomato plants with no marker by mistake and I have tons of them! so I am drying them! I have already blanched and froze some of them for chili and Spaghetti for this Winter.

Connie Imagine....#3392
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herbquilter
True Blue Farmgirl

891 Posts

Kristine
Bonney Lake Wa
USA
891 Posts

Posted - Aug 29 2014 :  11:53:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peaches, chanterelle mushrooms, peppermint, parsley, spearmint.

Blessings,
Kristine ~ Mother of Many, Herbalist, Master Energy Intuitive

http://herbalmommasda.blogspot.com/


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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

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Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
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Posted - Aug 30 2014 :  06:44:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, thanks for the tip on celery salt. I'm definitely gonna try that.

MaryJane, Oh, I wish I had a Costco around here.

Connie, that's funny that a mistake can turn up such a bounty!

Kristine, I love dried mints and sprinkling them on salads and seasoning baked goods.

One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt."
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 30 2014 :  07:52:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Zest of 4 lemons - will freeze the juice in ice-cube trays for morning hot tea

Will use the zest for lemon pepper. What's not needed for that will go in the medicinal herbal tea jar.

Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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auntjenny
True Blue Farmgirl

277 Posts

Jenny
San Luis Obispo CA
USA
277 Posts

Posted - Aug 30 2014 :  3:12:34 PM  Show Profile  Send auntjenny a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Lots of oregano and marjoram. Lemon verbena is next.

Inside me there is a skinny girl crying to get out, but I can usually shut her up with cookies.
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oldbittyhen
True Blue Farmgirl

1511 Posts

tina
quartz hill ca
USA
1511 Posts

Posted - Aug 30 2014 :  3:26:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
cherries, asian pears, cranberries and cherry tomatos

"Knowlege is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Aug 30 2014 :  4:42:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love the idea on celery tops. Will try drying some and make salt.

~ Betty ~
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edlund33
True Blue Farmgirl

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Marilyn
Renton WA
USA
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Posted - Aug 30 2014 :  8:32:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Italian prunes.... have two dehydrators full and going now. The smell is heavenly! Tomorrow will be peaches.

Cheers! ~ Marilyn

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MaryJane
Queen Bee

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MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
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Posted - Aug 30 2014 :  8:38:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marilyn, you're WAY ahead of us. I don't think we'll have Italian prunes to dry for another month or so. They are my favorite dried fruit!!!! I know the smell you're describing.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2014 :  09:44:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying first harvest of new sage plant. The other sage plant is for cooking.

Harvested from 1 of 2 basil plants, but will freeze in water in ice trays. Basil is one of the herbs that doesn't dry well.

Hint for those that have not grown herbs before. Harvest in the mornings after dew is dried when the oil is the highest in plant.




Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2481 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2481 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2014 :  11:48:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm with you on the basil Sara, I always put mine in cube trays too.
THe past few years, I have overwintered my basil by putting it in a sunny window. It is pretty woody come springtime, but it allows me to have fresh basil in the winter, if only a little. Between that and the ice cube trays, I'm usually set.
I need to dehydrate something. Hubs and I gifted ourselves an LEM dehydrator for our anniversary, and it is awesome!
We've done jerky, apples, and some tomatoes, but right now I don't have enough to put in it.



"We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” – R.R.

Edited by - nubidane on Aug 31 2014 11:49:20 AM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Aug 31 2014 :  12:02:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa, I have two de-hydrators - both gifted to me. They are small but meet my needs. One has two trays and does have heat controls & fan. The other is a plain Jane round stack kind with 5 trays & no controls.

I look at the nice big ones in catalogues but can't justify the cost just for me but I keep on looking anyway.

Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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Nanniekim
True Blue Farmgirl

194 Posts

Kim
Utah
194 Posts

Posted - Sep 02 2014 :  8:44:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apricot fruit leather and a mixture of greens have kept my dehydrator busy so far. Have a lot of green tomatoes in the garden so am looking forward to them ripening so some can be dries.

Kim
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mrssarahhall
True Blue Farmgirl

1162 Posts

Sarah
Longmont Colorado
USA
1162 Posts

Posted - Sep 03 2014 :  11:31:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been drying herbs mostly, hanging some and drying my dehydrator (Sage, thyme, lemon thyme, sage, mint). I have also done some in ice trays (basil, chives and parsley). I dried some garlic, lemons (slices in hot tea are wonderful on a cold winter) tomatoes and apple rings.

Since I am just learning about dehydrating I just have a very simple dehydrator, no settings, just on or off. Gotta start somewhere! :)

Sarah
Farmgirl # 5223

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

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Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Sep 05 2014 :  3:53:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just put some Roma tomatoes in the oven--I cut them in half, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and this time I added some basil on about half of them--not sure how they'll turn out. I roast them at 250 degrees for about four hours. I've done the same with cherry tomatoes but a tree branch fell on on them and now I don't have any :( I went to the farmer's market on Wednesday evening and got the tomatoes and basil.
Cindy

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herbquilter
True Blue Farmgirl

891 Posts

Kristine
Bonney Lake Wa
USA
891 Posts

Posted - Sep 05 2014 :  4:09:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peaches and Scented Rose Geranium Leaves today.

Blessings,
Kristine ~ Mother of Many, Herbalist, Master Energy Intuitive

http://herbalmommasda.blogspot.com/


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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 05 2014 :  4:31:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kristine, I have been looking for a Scented Rose Geranium. Did you order it from a catalogue or on line?

Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 06 2014 :  07:13:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
2nd & last harvest of peppermint

Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 07 2014 :  10:23:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
4 5oz Full Circle organic Spring Mix & Baby Spinach - date good till 9/14 marked down to 99 cents from $3.99 - to be used in soups.

Leaves from 2 stalks of celery on sale for 99 cents - for celery salt & soups

Green part of 5 leeks - for broths & soups

For us that don't have gardens shopping sales & markdowns is a good way to buy for drying.

Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Sep 07 2014 :  11:21:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying apples, bananas, strawberries. The celery I did turned out good.

~ Betty ~
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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

2348 Posts

Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
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Posted - Sep 07 2014 :  2:14:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying bunches of basil for the next couple days.

One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt."
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