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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 05 2016 :  2:51:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jill your peppers are beautiful and I know they will be good in winter sauces, stews, and soups.

The pizza sauce is almost dried - takes forever. When dried I will grind it in the blender. The powder can be rehydrated for sauce or used as a seasoning.

After washing up the trays there's cilantro to dry. After drying it I will grind it to a powder and add to ground jalapeno peppers and cumin for a spicy rub.

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jillyd
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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
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Posted - Nov 05 2016 :  3:33:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Sara, that rub sounds really good. Do you use it for chicken or ???

Jill
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 05 2016 :  3:39:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jill I will use it for chicken and pork. The pizza sauce is still going and there's room for the cilantro so I added it. Couldn't see running the dehydrator for a bit of cilantro. If it picks up any of the flavor of the pizza sauce it will only add to the taste of the rub.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 15 2016 :  09:20:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Four large portabella mushrooms. Will be great in winter soups.

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Ninibini
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Nini
Pennsylvania
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Posted - Nov 15 2016 :  2:32:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just finished drying up all my herbs: cilantro, lemon thyme, holy basil, bay leaves, Italian parsley, mint, oregano, basil, cinnamon basil, lavender, sage, rosemary, celery (herb? not an herb?) and a wee bit of chamomile (didn't do well at all this year). I know I am forgetting something, too. Oh my gosh, there is NOTHING as tasty as dried fresh herbs from the garden. I have a lot of mint tea, but I am so addicted, I don't think it will last very long! LOL!

Have any of you ever dried rosehips? What do YOU use them for? I have a tough time drinking any type of store bought herbal tea with rose hips, but I am wondering if I dry and use my own I will do better with them. Any ideas or suggestions?

Thank you!

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Nini



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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 15 2016 :  3:01:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
where I used to live I had a antique Penelope rose bush that had beautiful rosehips. I let them dry on the bush. I used them in teas. With only one bush I didn't have enough for teas and jelly but I always wanted to make rosehip jelly. Rosehips are high in Vitamin C.

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Ninibini
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Nini
Pennsylvania
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Posted - Nov 15 2016 :  4:49:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, wow! I didn't know you could do that, Sara! I guess I just figured that there was some sort of necessary process. This is so much better! We have an antique rose of some sort or another that used to give a ton of rosehips, and I always let them dry on the vine. But I never knew it was that simple! That works for me! I will have to see what we've got out there now and give it a whirl! Thank you!!! Hugs - Nini

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 26 2016 :  06:06:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
During the week I dried orange & yellow bell peppers, celery, celery leaves, green onions, and zucchini squash.

Made celery salt with all the leaves and part of the celery.

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jillyd
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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
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Posted - Nov 26 2016 :  09:39:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What do you do with the rosehips once they are dried? Do you grind them up? Do you use a mortar and pestle? Coffee grinder? I might have some on my bushes if I went and looked. I'd have to bring them in to dry as we're having lots of rainy days.

Jill
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 26 2016 :  09:56:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I always used my whole but I have seen recipes where they were ground.

The Herbal Tea Garden by Marietta Marshall Marcin: How to brew rosehip tea. Dry rosehips; grind into powder; 1 tsp per cup of boiling water; steep 5 minutes; add honey.

I add rosehips to my winter cold/flu tea. Medicinal herbs: rosemary, thyme, Greek oregano, spearmint, sage; there's more but these are the ones I grow.

I may have to try grinding some. Will have to order because I no longer have a rose bush with hips.

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jillyd
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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
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Posted - Nov 26 2016 :  3:01:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks very much for the information Sara. I'll have to go out and see what I can collect.

Jill
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 27 2016 :  3:13:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today on a TV cooking show they fermented round slices of sweet potato than dried it for chips. Gotta try it.

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Dec 02 2016 :  09:32:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying two eggplants.

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jillyd
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Jill
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Posted - Dec 02 2016 :  09:34:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What did they do to ferment the sweet potato?


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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Dec 02 2016 :  10:19:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jill they didn't say how they did it. I've bought sweet potatoes and hope to do it when I finish drying two eggplants.

I haven't been able to find a recipe for fermenting sweet potatoes in my books. My plan is to find a recipe using like textured vegetables. Carrots come to mind. I'll post when I find a recipe.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Dec 02 2016 :  11:01:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
While I was resting I found a recipe for fermenting carrots in a vegetable mix. Scrape or peel the carrots - I use a veg peeler; cut into 1/4"rounds. Put in sterilized quart Mason jar with 2 Tbsp salt; cover with non-chlorine water; and tightly seal lid. Should be ready in 3 weeks. Keeps in fridge up to a year.

Sweet potatoes ought to work - I'll find out in 3 weeks whether I'm right or not.

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jillyd
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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
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Posted - Dec 03 2016 :  1:42:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd love to hear the results of your experiments.

Jill
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jan 25 2017 :  06:33:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
4 large portabella mushrooms
1 past it's prime zucchini - dried z is one of my favorite things in soup

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Feb 17 2017 :  06:15:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I was grocery shopping as the produce manager was marking down sliced & packaged veggies. I got a pkg of yellow squash for 60 cents and a pkg of zucchini for 53 cents. Filled two trays. Perfect for drying for soups and stews.

Also drying one Halo peel. I bought a sack of them so I will probably air dry the peels as I eat them unless I have something as to dry.

My sister gave me a pkg of baby carrots she didn't want so I will chop them in food processor and dry them later today for muffins.

Tomorrow I will be drying kale.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Feb 22 2017 :  1:42:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Blueberries were on sale today 2 pints for $5. Drying one pint for All-Bran muffins with dried carrots.

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Kiltie Girl
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Jennifer
Bay City MI
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Posted - Feb 23 2017 :  08:49:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Going back to the Rose Hip conversation.....I use it in tea with chamoille and a bit of black tea. I find that most herbal teas alone I don't like the flavor, but if I blend in just a touch of black, I can manage it....guess I'm a caffine freak! I don't usually grind it - just use them whole.

You could also put it in a bath salt. I would do lavender and rose hip with some Epsom salts. Maybe grind it in that case? You could also use ground rose hips in soap.

This week, I plan on drying strawberries. Our grocery had them 5 for $5 and I picked up a bunch. The kids love them and I use them in my oatmeal and scones.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Feb 25 2017 :  4:55:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jennifer great buy on the strawberries. I haven't dried any but may when they go on sale.

Wed I bought one bunch of mustard greens on sale for 79 cents. Hadn't gotten around to cooking them so I dried them today. I use a lot of dried greens in soups or beans especially white beans.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Mar 09 2017 :  06:50:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Air drying one mandarin peel and one lemon peel.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Peg Graham
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Peg
Chesapeake Virginia
USA
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Posted - Mar 09 2017 :  11:07:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love to use my dehydrator...one day I will splurge and get the Excalibur. But, for now, my Presto works fine. I dehydrate:

Blueberries
Strawberries
Apple Slices
Banana Chips
Kale Crisps
Tomatoes

This year my sons want to try Making Jerky,

Fruit Roll Ups work better for me in the oven.



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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
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Posted - Mar 09 2017 :  5:50:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just made a granola recipe from the Hot Detox by Julie Daniluk in my dehydrator. It tastes really good already and I still have to add dried fruit.

Jill
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