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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jun 16 2018 :  05:02:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apple & pineapple mints - hope to get another harvest - maybe two.

In coming days I need to harvest the pennyroyal & dry. It's a member of mint family and is an insect repellant.

Also need to harvest & dry Greek oregano - good for cooking and as a medicinal herb. Use in teas for winter colds.

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janamarieje
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Jana
Southern California
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Posted - Jun 16 2018 :  7:30:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last weekend I made shredded carrots and this weekend will be a shredded zucchini.

Does anyone have instructions on how to dry apricot halves so they don't brown too much?

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jun 17 2018 :  01:34:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jana I use dried carrots and zucchini in All-Bran muffins.

In my "Food Drying with an Attitude" by Mary T. Bell she dips apricots and any other fruit that browns in lemon or pineapple juice before drying. I have used lemon juice on apple slices. One time I dried apple slices for a holiday garland and I used apple cider vinegar.

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Jun 17 2018 :  6:07:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my husband wanted the dried strawberries after having a cereal with them in. I try to slice them as evenly as i could. I have also been freezing them, my little patch is producing well. I dried camamile this year. I let them go till totally dry. Never did them before. I did read that you are supposed to pick the flowers before the petals go downward. happy drying!! lol

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jun 18 2018 :  02:57:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele, great hint on the chamomile flowers. I haven't grown it - maybe someday. I know what you mean about trying to evenly slice things. I do pretty good when I first start but by the time I finish it looks like a kindergartner's work.

Harvest & air drying pennyroyal today. Will hang it in my Yellow Rose Cottage to keep insects away - hope it works on ants too. They were a problem last summer when I canned.

Cut the old hydrangea blooms and have them drying in Yellow Rose Cottage to finish air drying.

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Edited by - YellowRose on Jun 18 2018 04:56:28 AM
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AnnieinIdaho
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Annie
ID
USA
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Posted - Jun 18 2018 :  9:05:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I love my vacuum packing machine. I have had it for years and so it is the much older model (and was considerably less expensive then than the new model now), but with that said I do vacuum pack the meat I purchase from our Specialty Meat market. It freezes well in the packets and lasts longer. It has settings for foods that have moisture or dry.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jul 31 2018 :  06:49:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My herbs are showing signs of heat stress and use of city water. We are in a drought and with rain the last several days it's not enough to end it. I harvested a little off each herb showing stress hoping that will help them do better. The mints have been especially hit hard.

I am drying in dehydrator apple mint, pineapple mint, and spearmint; sage. Air drying bay leaves. My Bay, thyme, sweet marjoram, Greek oregano, and the two rosemary plants are the only ones that seem to like our hot dry summers.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Edited by - YellowRose on Jul 31 2018 06:52:01 AM
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wildflower17
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Judy
KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 01 2018 :  07:43:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Sara I haven't tried to dry herbs but I recently dried a bushel of pink half runner beans in my dehydrator...They are so good in the Winter...


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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 01 2018 :  07:48:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judy, pink runner beans are new to me. I like learning about vegetables. How do you use the dried beans? I dry yellow squash and zucchini to use in soup & stews but I don't like the texture for side dishes.

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wildflower17
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Judy
KY
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Posted - Aug 01 2018 :  08:10:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Sara they are used as a side dish...Actually the southern name for them are "Shuck Beans" after they are dried...They are delicious dried or fresh...My Mother and Grandmother used to dry them out in the sun...

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 01 2018 :  08:17:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Haven't heard of the term shuck beans. Do you use the whole bean or shell them?

I'm grocery shopping this morning and hope to find mushrooms in marked-down bin. Want to dry them and use later when it's cooler to make mushroom broth to pressure can. Either fresh or dried mushrooms can be used to make broth - the dried mushrooms have a more intense flavor.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 01 2018 :  2:23:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No mushrooms in marked-down bin but did find 16oz container of fresh Pico de Galleo for $1.78. Drained it - froze the liquid to use in soups - drying the chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno peppers to use in soups too. It was so easy and will be so tasty.

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wildflower17
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Judy
KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 01 2018 :  3:09:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I use the whole bean...they are very full by the time they are gathered...Sounds as if you are very busy this Summer trying to make foods for future use...I am thinking about canning some vegetable soup while fresh vegetables are in season now...I have frozen 12 pints of fresh tomatoes so far this week...also freezing fresh corn on the cob...

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Judy

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  10:19:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying 3 bunches of green onions - good in soups, sauces, and dips.

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jillyd
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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  11:10:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've just been drying marigolds, coreopsis and cosmos for dyeing.

Jill
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jillyd
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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  11:11:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you dried zucchini? I have three big ones.


Jill
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  11:30:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Zucchini is one of my favorite things to dry for soups. I don't like the texture for a side dish but in soups, stews, and spaghetti sauces it's good.

I leave the skin on but do use a vegetable peeler to strip it in three places around it. I like it sliced fairly thin. Dry till it snaps when I bend it. Store in airtight glass jars. Vacuum seal is a good choice if you have one.

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jillyd
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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  11:45:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sara!


Jill
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 16 2018 :  3:38:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Found a lb package of sliced yellow squash in the marked-down bin for $1.40. It's drying in dehydrator. Love it when all the work is done for me.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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wildflower17
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Judy
KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 16 2018 :  4:21:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Sara you are one thrifty shopper!!!

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 06 2018 :  08:03:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since my little bay tree is the only plant I winter over in the house I keep it pruned. Today I am drying two trays of bay leaves. Will have plenty to share with family and friends. When I begin canning again I will put one bay leave in each pint of dried beans.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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wildflower17
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Judy
KY
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Posted - Sep 06 2018 :  11:43:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Sara what kind of beans will you be drying...I never heard of putting bay leaves in anything canned...So neat how everyone does things differently...

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Judy

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 06 2018 :  12:08:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judy, any dry bean can be canned. I can mainly heirloom beans and when I can found them organic. The bay leaves may help with the beans not being gassy. Sometimes I think it works - with other beans I can't tell a difference.



Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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wildflower17
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Judy
KY
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Posted - Sep 06 2018 :  6:25:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

The only beans I have ever canned are white half runner beans and pink half runner beans...I did not know the reason for the bay leaves...Very interesting...

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Judy

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 08 2018 :  08:31:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I found two packages of sliced Granny Smith and a red apple in the marked down bin. I trimmed the peel off and are drying them for my Apple Pie Sunday pie later this month. Should be enough for stewing with other dried fruit this winter. Good on toast or over oatmeal.

My sister gave me a bag of carrots she got at her county seat's produce give away day. They are now prepped for the food processer and drying tomorrow. May take a couple of days to finish them. Will use in All-Bran muffins this winter. For me dried carrots are too sweet to use in soups or stews so I use them in the muffins.

The carrots were all seconds and had been up and down the road before they were given away. Still good carrots just not what we are used to in the grocery stores.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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