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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Sep 08 2014 :  03:33:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got two dehydrators going to dry what I bought yesterday - may have to dry tomorrow too.

The spring mix with baby spinach is drying nicely.

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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
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Posted - Sep 09 2014 :  02:51:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just dried eggplant, and 5 varieties of tomatoes from my garden in my dehydrator. Getting ready to cut herbs, but I'll hang those. Have to get some fruit dried too.

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Sep 10 2014 :  08:40:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie, how do you use dried egg plant?

Drying: 7 green bell peppers for winter stews & sauces

Portabella Mushrooms

1/2 of bunch of turnip greens - will add to jar of dried mixed greens - that way I won't have to eat turnip greens for days.

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Sep 16 2014 :  09:53:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
22 red bell peppers from Kelly's Fruit/Veg stand marked-down shelf for $3

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  02:15:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Celery leaves for celery salt.

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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  02:18:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, this is the first time I'm drying eggplant, but I understand that you can use it the same as fresh. Or you can crush it and add to tomato sauce.

Right now I'm drying chives and more tomatoes too.

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YellowRose
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  02:32:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie, I like the idea of crushing it for sauce, thanks.

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Dapple Grey Lady
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Betty
Goodrich Texas
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  09:46:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am currently drying apples! How do you store your dehydrated foods.

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  09:54:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I store my dried foods in Mason jars with zinc lids. Through the years I have collected new & vintage jars as well as regular & wide mouth zinc lids.

The jars are kept in my pie safe out of direct light.




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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  10:12:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I vacuum seal all of mine and store them in a cool dark place.

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Dapple Grey Lady
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Betty
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  1:35:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What do you need to vaccum seal jars?


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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
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Posted - Sep 21 2014 :  2:18:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have the jar adapters in both the regular & wide mouth sizes that I use with my foodsaver vacuum sealer. I LOVE my foodsaver.

My foodsaver has an accessory hose that attaches to the jar sealers. Here's the model i have (it cost 160 on foodsavers website!) http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/291151646929?lpid=82

Wide mouth adapter: http://www.foodsaver.com/accessories/T03-0023-01P.html?gclid=CLv_n9ud88ACFSdp7AodPVQAHQ&kwid=productads-plaid

Regular mouth adapter:http://www.foodsaver.com/accessories/T03-0006-02P.html?gclid=COPH5umd88ACFaTm7Aodrw4ASg&kwid=productads-plaid



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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Sep 23 2014 :  05:02:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last harvest of both peppermint plants

Last harvest for one basil plant - will freeze in water in ice trays (one less plant to water)

The other basil plant will be used for fresh until first frost than it will be harvested & frozen.

Yesterday - dried parsnips - didn't use the cores because I found a recipe for steamed parsnips that recommended coring them if the cores were stringy & woody. I figured drying would only make them more so. They dried beautifully.

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YellowRose
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Posted - Sep 25 2014 :  10:25:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finished up 1 bag of baby carrots & 2 zucchini squash from last night.

7 poblano peppers - bought a $2 marked down bag with 8 peppers - one for sister

To dry today & tomorrow: baby spinach


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levisgrammy
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Denise
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Posted - Oct 03 2014 :  6:31:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apples, apples and more apples. We love them dried.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Oct 09 2014 :  08:37:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not drying anything now, but I am using what I have dried in different recipes. I want to see what I really like, how I can use it, and how much I really need to dry.

So far I have tried dried red bell pepper in apple cider basil vinegar - liked it.

Ground red bell pepper, portabella mushrooms, & celery leaves in meatloaf - very good.

Ground baby spinach in pizza crust - very tasty,

Portabella mushrooms in spaghetti sauces & soups - really like.

So from what I have tried so far I know I need to dry more mushrooms, celery leaves, red bell pepper, & baby spinach.

Also have found out I like ground dried foods added to dry ingredients & whole dried foods to sauces & soups.


Sara
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Oct 11 2014 :  07:56:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Portabella Mushrooms
Kale

One good thing about drying is you can do it in small batches. Like today. Drying what was in my fridge that needed to be used in the next couple of days and I'm not going to get around to cooking all of it.

Sara
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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Oct 16 2014 :  06:57:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday, today, & tomorrow drying:
portabella mushrooms
white button mushrooms
collard greens
leeks

All have been washed, sliced, & diced waiting to be dried.

mushroom & collard greens stems, green part of leeks, - I have no room in fridge freezer for storing vegetable parings for broth so I will be drying it from now on.

Gave my sister some dried mixed greens for her vegetable soup - if she likes it I may have made a convert to drying.


Sara
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country treasure
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judy
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Canada
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Posted - Oct 16 2014 :  6:04:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying sliced pineapple ....it smells soooo good!
Smiles Judy

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treelady
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Julie
Medina ND
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Posted - Oct 17 2014 :  06:25:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Judy,
Would love to know how to dry pineapple, that is one of my favorites! I owe you a really long email too my friend! Soon, I promise.

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Jackie Ferri
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Jacqueline
Trumbull CT
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Posted - Oct 19 2014 :  8:17:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I recently dried basil. It took longer than the other herbs, but it came out great. Next time I will cut up the basil , this should speed up the drying time. I also bought NonGMO corn to dry to make cornmeal. First I blanched the cobs, then cut off the kernels with this handy tool my Mom gave me. Next the kernels dried rather quickly in the dehydrator.I used my mini processor and blender to grind the dry kernels. It was fun to experiment. I used four ears of corn and that yielded 1/2 cup of cornmeal!

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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
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Posted - Nov 19 2014 :  02:59:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
drying rosehips, parsley and potatoes

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 20 2014 :  03:14:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie, how do you use dried potatoes? How do you cut them? Do you put anything on them to keep them from turning brown? White or sweet potatoes? I know that's a lot of questions, but my drying books don't mention potatoes.

Drying yesterday, today, and rest of the week.
mustard & collard greens - I use a lot of dried greens
eggplant
celery leaves for celery salt
celery stalk

1/2 bunch green onions to mix with cream cheese - will see how it turns out before drying more

While the dehydrator is out may try drying potatoes.


Sara
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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
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Posted - Nov 20 2014 :  03:24:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sara,

the first time i dried potatoes i just cut them into about 1" pieces and dried them overnight. the booklet that came with my dehydrator says to blanch then first but i didnt. I have since used most of them and they cooked up fine. I just did another batch that came out darker, not sure why. I havent put anything on them.



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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Nov 20 2014 :  03:32:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Connie. I'll give it a try when I finish drying the other things.

Sara
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