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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 20 2017 :  05:31:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nora a couple of years ago I tried sun drying tomatoes on top of my Yellow Rose Cottage porch's roof and the ants found them. The tomatoes were under a screen. How do you keep ants and other bugs off the tomatoes?

Have Greek and Mexican oreganos in dehydrator.

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farmgirl68
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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
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Posted - Aug 21 2017 :  05:05:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok, I'm a drying newbie! I have lots of herbs that need attending to or they will go to waste (can't have that). So...dehydrator is ready and willing but I'm nervous I'll do something wrong. Can you do more than one herb variety at a time or does that mess up the taste?

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Edited by - farmgirl68 on Aug 21 2017 05:05:51 AM
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 21 2017 :  05:34:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I usually have enough herbs to have single herb per tray - my dehydrator has two trays. I have dried more than one herb on the same tray. Haven't noticed a change in flavor. Would not dry onions or garlic with herbs.

Drying herbs is easy: harvest - wash - pat dry - put on trays. Before washing check underside of leaves and stems for teeny critters. They will wash of. This is the time to remove any bad leaves. This summer I lost some leaves to the heat.

Glass keeps herbs better than plastic. I save all kinds of odd jars for herbs. My favorites are vintage jars. I like it when one of my passions spills over onto another - like vintage jars and dried herbs.


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farmgirl68
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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
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Posted - Aug 21 2017 :  06:06:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That sounds lovely Sara! I may have to "borrow" that idea.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 21 2017 :  07:41:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying sage and rosemary for winter medicinal teas.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  04:50:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This week I dried kale, baby spinach, and this morning Hatch peppers to ground into powder for rubs and other recipes.

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Cissik
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Sylvia
Kent WA
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  09:23:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amish Paste tomatoes hit the dehydrator today. Love putting them in sauces.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  09:35:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sylvia your tomatoes sound yummy. Love dried tomatoes.

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levisgrammy
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Denise
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Posted - Aug 25 2017 :  7:36:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have an abundance of summer squash so I have been drying it to use in soups and things this winter.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 26 2017 :  05:36:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Denise, I dry summer squash and zucchini for soups and think they hold up better than fresh. Have fun drying.

Today it's portabella mushrooms.

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farmgirl68
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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
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Posted - Aug 26 2017 :  06:17:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying summer squash? How?

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Aug 26 2017 :  06:27:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Katie, I slice it across in thin rounds and lay in single layer on drying tray. Because of the texture it is good in soups and stews but not as a side dish.



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farmgirl68
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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
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Posted - Aug 26 2017 :  06:44:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, I may try with some of my zucchini. My freezer is getting a little full between that and spinach and green beans.

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farmgirl68
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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
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Posted - Aug 28 2017 :  04:57:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So...2 zucchini yielded me one pint of dried. Do I store them in a canning jar, I'm assuming?

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 28 2017 :  05:14:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Katie, Yes in a canning jar out of direct of light. Books say you can keep them for a year but mine never last that long.

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
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Posted - Aug 28 2017 :  05:18:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sara!

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Sep 04 2017 :  09:50:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone used dried eggplant? The sources I've consulted suggest that they taste very good when reconstituted.

Sara
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saram
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Sara
Biggs CA
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Posted - Sep 04 2017 :  09:51:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, and Sara, once you have dried kale, how do you store it?

Sara
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 04 2017 :  10:12:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I store kale in mason jars out of direct light.

I have dried eggplant with good results. Eggplant is prone to pick up moisture so after drying I wrapped several pieces in Press & Seal and put wrapped eggplant in mason jars. Plastic wrap may be used.

I find wide mouth jars work best for dried greens and wrapped eggplant.

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

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Sara
Biggs CA
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Posted - Sep 04 2017 :  12:37:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok! I have 9 trays of eggplant drying--I will let you know how (if) it turns out!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 05 2017 :  05:31:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
9 trays - I'm impressed.

This morning I final harvested my Peacock rose geranium and put it in the trash. They don't winter over in my part of Texas.

I harvested part of my rose geranium and pruned it down to a manageable size. I will experiment with it and see if I can winter it over in a sheltered place on the deck. I doubt it will make it but I want to try.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 11 2017 :  07:43:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last harvest to dry: Greek oregano & winter savory. Slowly but surely putting my gardens to bed.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  05:26:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm going to try my hand at pineapple today.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  05:42:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Katie, I haven't tried drying pineapple. Let us know how it turns out. Besides snacks it should be good in baking and sweet & sour dishes.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

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Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  05:53:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My hubby eats trail mix and its sooo expensive so I'm trying to find ways to cheaply pad it with good for you stuff!

Katie #7422
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