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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 03 2019 :  09:01:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's hard to believe I haven't dried anything since Dec of last year. Where has the time gone? Today I'm drying two racks of baby portabella mushrooms. Feels good to be in my Yellow Rose Cottage again.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 04 2019 :  04:21:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
nice, get those cobwebs out of that dehydrator. hehehehe I have not dried anything either, but spring is upon us. Herbs will be starting to grow. have fun.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 04 2019 :  04:38:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My pineapple mint and sage will be ready to harvest by next week. The only thing I use dried sage in is cornbread dressing so I will hang the sage in Yellow Rose Cottage as an insect repellant. May hang some in carport storage where I keep paper goods.

The pineapple mint I'll dry in dehydrator for teas and pineapple mint sugar.



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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 04 2019 :  05:18:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele I got thinking about what you said about cobwebs. I do keep kitchen & tea towels over everything in my Yellow Rose Cottage but it may be a good idea to give them all a good washing and ironing. Yes, I iron my tea towels but not the terrycloth kitchen towels.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - May 04 2019 :  06:44:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning everyone!

I'm so happy its spring, its been so nice to be able to sit outside again. Its exciting watching the herbs grow, dehydrating is something I'll be doing this year. It's better than paying an arm and a leg at the store for a little jar of herbs. I have a few varieties of mint, oregano, thyme, walking onions, chives. Have you ever made tea from fresh oregano leaves? It has has hint of mint to it and its delicious and so good for you.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 04 2019 :  07:21:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie I've used Greek oregano in medicinal teas. Will have to try it for afternoon tea. I have two new oreganos - Syrian and Italian. Haven't tasted either yet. Hope I like them.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - May 04 2019 :  07:25:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara I've never tried Syrian oregano, is it much different?

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 04 2019 :  07:43:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie I don't know anything about it. I just like to plant something new every year. When it gets a little bigger I'll cook with it and let you know how it works out.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 13 2019 :  08:11:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying Mexican marigold "Texas Tarragon" this morning. Texas is too hot to grow French tarragon so Mexican marigold is a good substitute. It also winters over outside - our winters can get down into single digits.

Pineapple mint is ready to harvest so hope to dry it in the morning to make pineapple sugar and for teas.

A reminder on harvesting herbs. Do it in the mornings when the oils in the leaves are at their highest.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 16 2019 :  03:25:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i picked some wild leek/onion/ramp leaves last night. It is known by many different names. Either way i am drying the leaves like Sharon suggested (you tube) and then grind them up and use like an herb. I am drying them outside on my porch. Good reminder Sara on timing of a harvest. I usually try to stick to that, but don't always get to. With working out 5 days a week i do things when i can. my chives are about ready to cut also.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 16 2019 :  04:14:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele ground up dried onions and chives are good in homemade onion dip. I know what you mean about not always harvesting in the morning.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 18 2019 :  02:22:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ramps are done and also a batch of chives is done. Ramps do smell oniony and garlicy and a dip is a great idea on how to use them. I went through my herbs in my cupboard, and filled jars, and threw out old. Made things a little more organized so we can find everything, and hopefully use more. The ramps and the chives are such a bright pretty green.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 18 2019 :  04:30:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele good job on all your drying. I find my herbs need sorting through and putting in compost container from time to time.

Home dried herbs last longer in glass jars rather than freezer bags. Colored glass is better than the clear.

Never got around to drying pineapple mint so that's a must this coming week. Chives too.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 18 2019 :  11:08:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have some in old mason jars, and some in freezer bags. Jars do look prettier that is for sure. I compost the old herbs also.

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Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 20 2019 :  06:56:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finally getting around to drying pineapple mint this morning.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - May 20 2019 :  07:55:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm drying lilac flowers

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 20 2019 :  08:07:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie what are you going to do with the dried lilac flowers?

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - May 20 2019 :  08:20:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I thought I could use them for soaps, floral water or potpourri. I'm also interested in using them medicinally for the skin.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 20 2019 :  10:05:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie I didn't think about soap but I should have since I know you make soap.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - May 20 2019 :  10:27:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
lilac soap is a lovely thing :)

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 21 2019 :  03:34:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
interesting ideas!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 25 2019 :  08:48:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying kale today to use in soups and with dried beans.

Next time yellow onions go on sale I need to replenish my dried onions. Used up the last in corncob broth.

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

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 29 2019 :  06:32:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Threat of thunderstorms today so moved dehydrator from cottage to my kitchen. Drying portabella mushrooms.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

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Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
670 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2019 :  2:39:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been drying apples, bananas, basil, rosemary, oregano, bell peppers, dried a blend of onions with red, yellow, green, red and orange bell peppers. Currently have roma tomatoes in the dehydrator.

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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

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Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
670 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2019 :  2:40:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How do you use the mushrooms?

Are you the Sara with Nubians??

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Originally posted by YellowRose

Threat of thunderstorms today so moved dehydrator from cottage to my kitchen. Drying portabella mushrooms.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.





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