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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 15 2019 :  07:12:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dried kale yesterday. If you haven't dried kale or any other greens think about giving it a try. Dried greens are so handy and take less time to cook than fresh. I made a bowtie pasta and kale dish the other day with homemade chicken broth. The dried kale was done by the time the pasta was. I cooked it all together - I like one pot cooking.

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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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2970 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2970 Posts

Posted - Sep 16 2019 :  02:28:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never dried greens before. Interesting. I did dry elderberries over the weekend. I froze them first, to get the berries off the stems, but ended up with alot of little stems in them. Probably should of picked them off the stems. But they did dry and if you re hydrate and strain they should be fine. Now I have a dryer of apple slices going. Good snacks over the winter. Tonight we will be pressing apples and canning fresh cider.

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 16 2019 :  02:57:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele have you ever made apple pie with your dried apples?

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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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

437 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
437 Posts

Posted - Sep 18 2019 :  01:51:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been drying parsley. I have had 6 huge cuttings from my parsley this year and it just keeps growing. But it comes in so handy so I've dried several jars of it. I too am drying apple slices as we had a bumper crop this year from our two apple trees. It is so enjoyable.
Annie

"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2970 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2970 Posts

Posted - Sep 18 2019 :  02:58:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara I have never tried making a pie from dried apples. I have plenty of sliced apples in the freezer. I like them as snacks in my lunch. Annie in the fall the dehydrator works hard with all the harvest. good luck

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 18 2019 :  03:14:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Annie, can't have too much parsley.

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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laurzgot
True Blue Farmgirl

1299 Posts

Laurie
Alvin Texas
USA
1299 Posts

Posted - Sep 20 2019 :  5:56:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Going to dry apple slices this weekend.


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Laurie
Country girl at heart
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2970 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2970 Posts

Posted - Sep 23 2019 :  02:36:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got more apple slices dried and now have started doing onions. I grew yellow onions, and my oh my they bring tears to my eyes. I dry those outside on my porch.

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 23 2019 :  05:42:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Laurie and Michele good job on drying apples.

Michele sorry about the tears but dried onions are so handy to have in the pantry for winter soups & casseroles.

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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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2970 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2970 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2019 :  04:50:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oh darn it anyways, my dehydrator is going down for the count. I have my last batch of onions going and it is not warming. Blowing cold air. So this morning I turned it all the way up and it is blowing warm air. I should be able to finish drying them, I hope. Now to find a dehydrator on sale somewhere. I still wanted to do more apples. I have had it for many many years, so I have gotten my moneys worth out of it.

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2019 :  05:58:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele hope it lasts till the onions are done. My dehydrator is a hand-me-down from a friend so I have no idea how old it is or how much it was used. I've had it for 8 years so it may go at any time. For my use I will probably replace it with another 2 tray with controls. The next time I get on Amazon I may look up dehydrators just to see how much they cost.

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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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

2325 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
2325 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2019 :  12:36:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote




How I love dried apples to munch on as the winter and spring months pass! I too am drying various apple rings. Last few weeks I've been drying flowers for future dying purposes, putting up vegitable & flower seeds, and making a tincture out of the edible flowers! I love working out in the garden around the buzzing bees and rubbing elbows with the butterflies!! I would LOVE to purchase a good dehydrator one day! Any suggestions??

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FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2970 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2970 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2019 :  1:15:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What pretty jars of dried flowers. I did not know that you can dry flowers to use for dyeing later!!
Finished my onions and started some apples. The dehydrator is still going. I found a Nesco one on sale for 89. Mine is an American Harvest. I will wait and see maybe around Christmas time they will be better prices.

Farming in WI

Michele

Farmgirl of the Month 6-19
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2019 :  1:18:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diana I enjoyed seeing what you are drying. What do you do with the tincture of editable flowers? I make herbal vinegars and when I have them I add editable flowers. I especially like the spicy tasting flowers.

My rose marrows (mini hollyhocks) are close to being ready to harvest the seeds for my sister. I will leave plenty so they will reseed. Later this week I hope to harvest and dry all my herbs. Depending on the weather it should be my last harvest.

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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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 29 2019 :  1:23:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele you were posting while I was typing. Glad your dehydrator is still working. I checked on Amazon Prime and found several similar to mine between $30-$50. Mine is an American Harvester.

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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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

2325 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
2325 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2019 :  05:30:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele and Sara I thought the more expensive ones were better but it sounds like you get just what you need with your smaller ones! I'm harrowing down my research!! So excited!
Thank you Michele! YES!!! DRY your marigolds, your cosmos, coreoposis, plants like indigo, woad, tree leaves for printing, etc!!
Sara I just use the tincture like any other tincture for help purpose! I too love that spicy bite flavor of the nasturtiums!!! Yum!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Sep 30 2019 :  05:53:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diana, I'm single so my needs are different than a family's. Sometimes it takes me days instead of just one day to dry all I have with my two trays but anything bigger would have me drying with empty trays most days.

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.


Edited by - YellowRose on Oct 01 2019 09:12:18 AM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Oct 01 2019 :  09:14:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today and maybe tomorrow drying Greek oregano; Syrian oregano; Italian oregano; lemon thyme; and chives.

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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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2970 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2970 Posts

Posted - Oct 01 2019 :  2:54:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, load up that dehydrator!! I have mine going yet with apple slices again. When it does not get warm, I move the dial around, and maybe hit is on the counter (oh my) and get it blowing warm air again. Happy Drying!!!

Farming in WI

Michele

Farmgirl of the Month 6-19
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Oct 01 2019 :  3:19:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele the old hit it on the counter or give it a whack method works 50% of the time. lol



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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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Oct 02 2019 :  05:36:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cut back pennyroyal this morning. Laid it all around my Yellow Rose Cottage to air dry. It's a good insect repellant and except for the occasional fly or moth I don't see other insects. There is the spider who has a large web in the rafters that helps with keeping insects away.

Speaking of spiders there's one who has spun a web close to my mail box on front porch. It's one of those big garden spiders with green & yellow bodies and his web is full of all kinds of wee flying insects. My porch light is dusk to dawn so it burns all night. I'm going to leave him there because he's doing a good job. Not quite sure what the postman thinks about it.

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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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

1097 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
1097 Posts

Posted - Oct 03 2019 :  10:50:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I too am drying apples---five trays a day. Our friends gave us their apples and we picked eight bushels. I have to freeze a lot too and the donkeys and goats are enjoying their share as well---they get the ones that start to spoil. Apples are wonderful to have.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Oct 03 2019 :  12:38:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara what a wonderful windfall of apples. Happy drying. I know your critters are enjoying their feasts.

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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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

507 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Nov 04 2019 :  6:34:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dried Chile peppers. Pasillas, red Anaheims and cayenne, all for grinding to powders.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5236 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5236 Posts

Posted - Nov 05 2019 :  05:59:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, your own ground chili mix sounds wonderful.

Drying collard greens today to use in soups and with beans. I especially like any greens with lima beans.

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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