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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

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Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
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Posted - Mar 28 2015 :  06:52:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My chives are so good at growing back and multiplying when I cut them. It seems like I just trimmed them and I have a bounty again. So, I'm drying chives.

Catherine
Sister #76 (2005)
One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2015 :  07:04:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Catherine you dry a lot of chives ~ how do you use them? So far I only put them in soups & mixes for dips.

Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014

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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

2348 Posts

Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
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Posted - Mar 28 2015 :  08:14:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like you, I put them in soups and mixes. I also put them on salads, baked potatoes, cook them with rice. I like jarring them for my 'emergency' long term storage.

I dry them in about 6 inch long cuttings. After they're dried, I chop them up and put them in jelly jars and mark the date. Sometimes, I'll jar them in the littlest jars and give as housewarming gifts when I visit someone.

Catherine
Sister #76 (2005)
One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 06 2015 :  05:24:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
2lbs parsnips - hadn't planned on drying today, but parsnips were in the store. Parsnips aren't popular in my part of Texas, so I have to buy them when they have them. I dry them for veg soup.

Also bought a 5lb bag of Texas 1015 Sweet Onions on sale. Will dry part and preserve rest in olive oil with herbs.

Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014

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

Edited by - YellowRose on Apr 06 2015 06:43:36 AM
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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2015 :  07:17:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How do you preserve onions in oil?

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Farmgirl Sister # 5589
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 07 2015 :  07:50:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Betty this is how I did it.

I sliced the onions and then simmered in apple cider vinegar for 5 minutes. Drained. Ladled onions into sterilized jars - layering with a pinch of coarse salt, red pepper corns, and fresh rosemary. Do not pack too tight. Covered with 1/4" - 1/2" extra virgin olive oil right out of the bottle ~ used the best oil I could buy at grocery store. It was on sale so it was a good time to do it.

Kept jars on counter for several days to make sure there was enough olive oil. Put into dark pantry ~~check after a month to see if ready to eat ~~ as you use the onions top off with more olive oil to keep mold from forming ~~ will keep up to a year.

The recipe I used called for a variety of vegetables and other fresh herbs & seeds. I don't always follow a recipe. To do the onions I looked up onions in index. No recipe for just onions, but several included onions, so I knew onions could be preserved in oil, and then I chose the one I liked best.



Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 10 2015 :  09:07:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finishing up the last of Texas 1015 Sweet Onions. Took a bag to the produce manager when I shopped this morning. He said 'he would put it on salad tonight'. He does a lot of the cooking at home.

Bought 5lb bag of organic carrots on sale. $2.99 Will dry part of it.
Bought 4 bunches of kale on sale. $1.50 per bunch Will dry 1 bunch for sister ~ the other 3 for me.

My dehydrator will be humming for many days.

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 24 2015 :  11:00:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Green tops to large Vidalia green onions. Will use in mock Lipton Onion Soup Mix.

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  03:33:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Green onions from sister's garden
Green tops of 4 leeks
Kale


Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2451 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2451 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  04:31:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oranges


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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  04:38:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie, your jar of oranges is so pretty. How will you use them?

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2451 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2451 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  05:22:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not sure yet but I know you can eat them, use in tea, or as a ground flavoring in baking, or in homemade cleaning products.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  05:30:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I'll give it a try when oranges go on sale. May make some orange sugar to put in morning tea.

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

806 Posts

JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
806 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  08:23:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the dehydrator are morel mushrooms.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  08:50:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
JoAnn, Morel's aren't in stores around here. Have to be near a big city to find them. I do dry a lot of portabella mushrooms. They're so handy for soups & sauces.

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

806 Posts

JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
806 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  12:48:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, We found the morels in the woods down the road from us: )
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  1:15:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, my goodness, I wouldn't know a good mushroom from a toad stool. I have many mushrooms growing in both my front & back yards ~~~ yellow, pink, white, and brown ones. Some are large ~~~ others are small & frilly. They go wild where I have composted.

Even if I had a mushroom book don't know if I would trust myself to wild harvest. I think I'm better off hunting in the produce section. Must say I do envy you (in a good way) having the knowledge to do so.

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

806 Posts

JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
806 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  1:37:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, My husband is a retired mycologist--taught at the University of Minnesota--mushrooms have been part of our life for years. Once a year we take a group out in the spring for a mushroom foray on the wildlife refuge near us. Every time we find a mushroom people will ask "can you eat it" Usually they're not. We try to get people to view fungi like one would view wildflowers, birds etc. For eating there are a few that are edible and choice and one should concentrate on those.Our favorite motto is "when it doubt, throw it out".
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sonshine4u
Chapter Guru

1205 Posts

April
New Prague MN
USA
1205 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  1:53:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm drying crispy Almonds right now. So good! :)

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River Valley Farmgirls
Chapter Leader

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Southern Farmgirl
Farmgirl in Training

49 Posts

Alice
Inman SC
USA
49 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  6:03:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Horseradish in the dehydrator now - after drying will grind into powder.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 07 2015 :  11:07:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
April, I haven't tried drying nuts. My neighbor's pecan tree hangs over my fence and if I can get to the pecans on the ground before the squirrels I'll give it a try.

Alice, I like horseradish but have never grown it. Does it smell up the house when drying?

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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Southern Farmgirl
Farmgirl in Training

49 Posts

Alice
Inman SC
USA
49 Posts

Posted - May 08 2015 :  7:39:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I peel and dry it inside but run the dehydrator in the barn - otherwise the house would smell and I imagine eyes and nose would be irritated. It's easy to grow - put in somekind of container or bed to contain otherwise it becomes invasive.
I've never dried nuts either, but I dry can them and they are wonderful for years - I can lots in 1 cup quantities for baking or gifting.
My daughter is in Austin - where's Paris?
Alice
Farmgirl #5933
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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

2348 Posts

Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
2348 Posts

Posted - May 09 2015 :  05:42:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I clipped bunches and bunches of rosemary yesterday. I won't be putting it in the dehydrator, I'll just hang them upside down. I keep a clothesline strung up high in my kitchen that I hang herbs from. Smells incredible.

Catherine
Sister #76 (2005)
One of the best compliments from one of my daughters: "Moma, you smell good...like dirt.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 09 2015 :  06:48:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alice I garden mostly in containers so I am happy to know horseradish can be grown in them too. Will have to look for a supplier. Thanks for the heads up about drying it outside the house; I can dry it in my little cottage.

Catherine your kitchen must smell wonderful. Before I moved I hung a lot of large flat baskets in my kitchen and that's where I dried herbs. Before I got a de-hydrator I dried herbs in those baskets in my little cottage.

Have a blessed day, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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TexasWildflower
True Blue Farmgirl

206 Posts

Wanda
Hallettsville Texas
USA
206 Posts

Posted - May 09 2015 :  06:59:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, you made my day! I l-o-v-e baskets but my daughter keeps saying, "You need to get rid of some of those baskets (I really don't have that many, she's just not a basket person).

Now, the next time she asks what I'm going to do with them, I won't have to fumble around for answers. I'm gonna dry herbs! :)

Wanda
Farmgirl sister #3399
www.wandasturrock.com
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