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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 28 2015 :  08:35:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The last of on sale celery & celery leaves.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 11 2015 :  06:45:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Started drying Tex-Mex onions today. Will take it into next week to dry them all. I bought 3 3# bags of yellow onions on sale. One onion sliced and rings separated fills one tray. My de-hydrator has 2 trays so only two onions at a time.

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Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

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Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
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Posted - Dec 11 2015 :  06:54:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh wow! That will take a while. I used to put my dehydrator out on the back porch when I dried onions because the family complained. This past year I splurged because we put in a nice sized garden -- bought myself a new 9-tray Excalibur. What a difference it makes. On Thanksgiving, I was able to use some of my own dried basil in the dry rub for the turkey. That felt so good! I dried excess zukes and green beans when we couldn't eat them fresh fast enough. When the fall apples came I dried about a bushel of Jonagolds. They make such good snacks in the winter.

These days, I am using my dehydrator mostly for yogurt. I am so hooked on this homemade wonder! I have a carton of it on my cereal every morning instead of milk -- yummmmm!

Heat a half-gallon of organic whole milk over medium-high heat to just over 180 degrees. Skim the skin off when it forms. When it reaches just above 180, set it off the heat and let it cool down to between 90 and 120 degrees. Stir in a small (4-6 ounce) carton of plain organic yogurt without scraping the bottom of the pot. Spoon into small containers with lids (I use the Zip-lock little squares) and place on racks in the dehydrator. Set at 115 degrees and leave for 13 hours, +/-. I usually get about 15 or 16 little containers. Keep it refrigerated. Save the last little container as your starter for the next batch, and enjoy really healthy insides and a strong immune system.

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Edited by - Marilyn Hartman Sullivan on Dec 11 2015 06:57:32 AM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 14 2015 :  05:15:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marilyn, yogurt in your de-hydrator, I'm impressed.

Dried two quarts of Tex-Mex onions so now I am drying diced onions for onion powder & onions flakes. After the onions are dried I put them in the blender - sift the blended onions - separating the flakes from the powder.

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 - Jan 12 2016 :  09:45:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not drying anything to but I reaping the rewards of my work. I have the sniffles and scratchy throat so I am sipping on herb tea with rosemary, sage, thyme, mints, orange peels, sliced lemons, and orange rind sugar all I dried. Did add English Breakfast teabag and bought dried hibiscus flowers. Tasty tea and I am already feeling better.

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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Jan 12 2016 :  09:47:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, do you dry your onions indoors or outdoors? I think I would have to do that outdoors. I dried cabbage indoors once. (peee eeeww).

I would like to try onions though. (not indoors)

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 12 2016 :  10:12:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judith, I dry my indoors because I don't find the smell of drying onions. Since I live alone I'm the only one I have to consider.

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

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Pam
Chapel Hill NC
USA
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Posted - Jan 15 2016 :  11:58:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cross your fingers for me! I found a dehydrator on craigslist. Going to check it out tomorrow!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jan 15 2016 :  12:17:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pam, I hope it's just what you are looking for and you can get busy drying. I do like having the convenience of a dryer in my kitchen. Yesterday at the fruit/veg stand I bought a box of 10 red bell peppers on marked down rack for $2. Also in the box was a red onion and 2 jalapeño peppers. Tomorrow I hope to dry the red bell peppers.

Will put jalapeno peppers & onion in apple cider vinegar.

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 - Jan 16 2016 :  09:05:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Seven red bell peppers are in the de-hydrator. The other three have been diced, seasoned with 1 tsp of my Tex-Mex seasoning, and refrigerated awaiting drying.

Have not made Tex-Mex bell peppers before but I think they will be good ground and sprinkled on a soft cheese like Brie.

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 - Jan 27 2016 :  1:09:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today and until it all gets done: Lemon slices, baby portabella mushrooms, yellow onions for onion powder & Tex-Mex onions.

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 - Jan 29 2016 :  07:36:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last of lemons & mushrooms this morning. yield: 2 pints lemon slices
1 qt mushrooms

Will rest today and start drying 3# of yellow onions tomorrow.

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 - Feb 04 2016 :  06:11:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
2 big lemons and 1 orange

The lemons go fast because I put 2 slices in morning teapot.

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 - Feb 08 2016 :  04:49:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Over the weekend I dried rosemary, cilantro, and green onions. I haven't had much luck growing cilantro in pots so I buy it at the grocery store.

I need to build up my stash of dried herbs so I can make more rubs & mixes. At the olive oil shop I saw herb mix for dipping bread in olive oil. $8 for a small tin - the tin was cute - square with clear lid. I found the exact same tin on Amazon and ordered a dozen each of 4oz & 8 oz. All set to make all kinds of herbal mixes for gifts.
Working with herbs is play for me so I like having my toys - in this case cute little tins.

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

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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  09:12:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara and Nini, I can't wait to dry tomatoes for powder! Thank you for the boost!

I also love to dry mushrooms. I pick up on sale.

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  09:16:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judith, I'm so spoiled using dried mushrooms in sauces and soups. Drying enriches the flavor. Even if I am using fresh mushrooms in a sauce I still like to use some of the dried.

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AuntJamelle
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jaime
South Bend Indiana
USA
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Posted - Feb 12 2016 :  06:43:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am getting ready to dehydrate two bags worth of lemon rinds - it will be the first time I've used our dehydrator so I'm excited and nervous at the same time!

What does everyone do to store dehydrated foods? Do you just store in jars in the pantry? Or do you freeze? I see a lot of sites calling for freezing what you've dehydrated - and I thought a big point of dehydrating was so that you preserved the food in a way that you didn't HAVE to freeze it. Thus saving freezer space.

Just curious what you guys have found!
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 12 2016 :  06:59:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jaime, I store what I dry in jars with tight lids ~ sometimes I have more than I have jars for so I use zip-lock freezer bags. I try to use my dried foods within six months. Herbs are the exception - I will keep them up to a year.

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 - Feb 17 2016 :  10:47:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today I bought 2 bags of blood oranges on the marked down shelf for 99 cents each. Total of 16 oranges. Will start drying in the morning and it will take several days. The dried oranges will be good in morning hot tea and afternoon iced tea.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  12:09:55 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Jamie,
I DO put my dried items in the freezer. I actually have more room in one of my two freezers than I have pantry or cupboard space. That way I can also keep things cool and dry as well!
CJ

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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  12:11:43 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I have a big potted rosemary plant inside my house. I wish I could plant it in my herb garden but it wouldn't survive our winters. It's loving my big window. I had cut and dried some of it before Christmas and then ground it up and put in a shaker jar . . smells SOOOOOO GOOD!
I'm thinking I might give it another "haircut" and dry some more!
CJ

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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  12:12:53 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I was able to keep the rosemary plant outside on the deck until winter. At first I'd just bring it in overnight and then set it back out in the sunshine, but then it turned into WINTER and it had to sit in the south window. I'm looking forward to warmer temps when it can go back outside again.
CJ

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Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

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Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
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Posted - Feb 17 2016 :  12:46:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jaime -- If I am drying fruit or vegetables, I like to put them into Zip-Lock at first -- for a couple of weeks. Then after that, if no more moisture has come out of them, I transfer them to glass for longer term storage. The plastic is vapor-permeable to a degree, but glass is not. Whichever you use, keep them someplace dark. Love my dehydrator!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 19 2016 :  10:33:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got the last blood oranges to be dried in de-hydrator. There's four left that are too ripe to dry. Planning on making marmalade out of them in the morning. May add sprigs of rosemary to the mix.

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 - Feb 20 2016 :  09:37:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just to say I'm working on the blood orange marmalade and the recipe calls for lemon slices so I am using dried lemon. I like the convenience of having dried items on hand when I need them.

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