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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  09:14:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greens on sale today for 79 cents a bunch so I bought a bunch of mustard greens to dry for winter soups.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Sep 18 2017 :  08:26:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Final harvest of the season for Mexican oregano. I like it better dried than fresh.

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Sep 18 2017 :  09:38:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, you are so busy. You are amazing!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 18 2017 :  09:42:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Katie, not so amazing or busy, I do a lot of resting in between chores.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 22 2017 :  07:44:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying last of sage this morning. I moved my dehydrator to the Yellow Rose Cottage. I will see how I like it out there. I was happy where I had it in the kitchen but with winter coming on and the heat being on I was afraid the heat of the dehydrator would be too much for my home canned goods that are in a pantry next to where it was.

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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

566 Posts

Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
566 Posts

Posted - Sep 22 2017 :  8:05:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finally got my rosemary drying today. I shall work my way through the rest of my herbs over the next week.

Jill
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2017 :  08:25:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I dried turnip greens that were on sale for .79 a bunch.

Today it's first of the crop honey crisp apples. The produce manager had just finished bagging up a marked down bag of the apples for $2. He called it to my attention because he knows I am always on the lookout for a good buy to dry or can. I weighed the bag and it was 5lbs. The apples sell for $2.98 a lb and there were 7 apples in the bag. I hadn't thought about drying apples today but when I come across a bargain I can't pass it up.

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

2481 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2481 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2017 :  8:56:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, you're my kind of gal. Our Krogers has a mark down bin and everything is 99 cents. THey had BAGS of lemons, like 6 or 7 a bag for 99 cents. I bought 8 bags.
Freeze, use, I don't care.. That is a bargain!


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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2017 :  9:06:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa, you need to make lemonade concentrate with some of those lemons!

Jill and Sara, please share how you dry herbs! I haven't tried that yet and wouldn't know where to begin. Do you use a drier or do you hang them?

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  01:13:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jana I have a dehydrator and I sometimes air dry. Instead of hanging I lay the herbs one layer in baskets and hang the baskets. To air dry you need a dry place; good circulation;and out of direct sunlight. My experience is basil dries best in dehydrator.

Small leaf herbs you dry on the stem whether in dehydrator or air drying by hanging or laying flat. If drying in dehydrator or laying flat to air dry take large leaf herbs off stem.

Dried herbs keep best in airtight glass jars instead of plastic.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  01:20:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa, you hit the lemon jackpot - good job. I have dried lemon slices to put on wreathes/garlands and add to potpourri. A pot of lemon slices, apple peels/cores, cinnamon sticks, and other spices steaming away on the stove makes the whole house smell wonderful.

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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

566 Posts

Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
566 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  06:12:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use both a dehydrator and air dry. Sometimes it depends on the weather, if it's raining out, then even in the house things take longer to dry. Also depends on whether I have a lot of something drying, or how quickly I want to use it, or how much surface space I have available. Don't know if that really helps you ;)

Jill
Farmgirl #6748
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  06:30:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jill good point on the weather. High humidity is bad for drying herbs.

One last thought on dried lemon slices. I put them in my morning hot tea or steep along with tea for iced tea. Dried oranges are good in tea too.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2451 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2451 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  08:54:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm drying some sunflower seed. Some will be for food, but most for planting next year


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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

325 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  08:54:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning! I just love to hear how you girls make use of the blessings that fall into your laps! Many people would not have the slightest idea what to do with dried anything!
I am drying pears today. Yesterday, apples. The pears were .78 per pound in Winco and I bought a whole 36 pound box on the spur of the moment! I don't know why I do that to myself! Now I'm going to can some, something I haven't done since the kids were little.
I have a lovely Fuji apple tree that is about 20 years old. This year it had no crop, so I went to the local apple farm. A box brimming full of any variety is $12 there! I couldn't believe it! I had to really restrain myself from buying a box of each!
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  08:59:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie, happy eating and so good to have your own seed for next year's crop.

Sara good buys on the pears & apples. Happy drying and canning. The thing about good deals is you have to take advantage of them when they are offered.

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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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

325 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  10:44:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have any of you used lemon verbena? I have a large bush which split in half and left me with an abundance of leaves to dry.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  10:57:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've made flavored sugar with it. Layer dry leaves between sugar. In a week or so you have lemon flavored sugar for teas and baking. Sprinkle sugar on top of cookies.

The leaves are good in teas.

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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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

566 Posts

Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
566 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2017 :  8:24:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hadn't thought of making flavoured sugars. That could be really nice for sugar cookies at Christmas time. Sara I've had good success with sunflower seeds germination the following year.

Jill
Farmgirl #6748
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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2451 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2017 :  01:31:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the flavored sugar idea sounds interesting

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2017 :  04:40:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I make mint sugar to use in hot tea. Cinnamon sticks add another layer of flavor to any flavored sugar. You make flavored salt the same way. Only rule is to use dried herbs and the combinations are endless.

My 'Preserving Italy' cookbook by Domenica Marchetti uses vanilla salt in quite a few of her recipes. I made vanilla salt but I have yet to make a recipe using it so I still don't know if I like it or not. May try one of the recipes this week. If I do I will like y'all know how I like it.

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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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

566 Posts

Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
566 Posts

Posted - Oct 02 2017 :  1:24:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never heard of vanilla salt. I've got a friend that makes vanilla sugar. Do let us know how the vanilla salt recipe works out?

Ever curious,

Jill
Farmgirl #6748
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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

566 Posts

Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
566 Posts

Posted - Oct 02 2017 :  1:26:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've just put "Preserving Italy" on hold at my library, the description sounds very interesting.

Jill
Farmgirl #6748
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 02 2017 :  2:59:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jill I think you will enjoy the cookbook. It's one of my favorites.

I tried to find the recipes for using vanilla salt and they're not in Preserving Italy Cookbook. She uses vanilla sugar so I guess that is why I remembered it wrong. I'm still looking for the book/mag that has the recipes using vanilla salt.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2481 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2481 Posts

Posted - Oct 02 2017 :  3:44:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just looked and was able to request a hold at my library too!! Thanks Sara!!!



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