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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 22 2016 :  05:58:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow I'm drying Vidalia onions that were on sale.

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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
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Posted - May 22 2016 :  08:18:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Been drying morel mushrooms and Spring King boletes
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 22 2016 :  08:58:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
JoAnn, are the morels from the wild? What is Spring King boletes and how do you dry them.

The first batch of Vidalia onions is gone. My sister tasted them and took them to munch on. She has 5lbs of Texas Sweet 1015 onions for me to dry for her. They're sweet like the Vidalias. Other sister has dibs on the next batch of Vidalias.

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Mountain Girl
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JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
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Posted - May 22 2016 :  1:56:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes they are wild. morels are hard to cultivate commercially. These are all "natural" morels not ones that come after a wildfire and we had lots of wildfires last year. Spring king boletes are called porcini in Italy http://blog.crazyaboutmushrooms.com/spring-king-bolete-boletus-rex-veris/ Just slice into approximately 1/4 in. slices
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 22 2016 :  2:19:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I read the article - quite interesting. Thanks for posting link.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 02 2016 :  12:46:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday I bought a stalk of celery on sale for 79 cents so today I am drying it. When it's dried I will grind it in the blender for celery salt. The leaves will be left whole because I like the way they look in the salt.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 25 2016 :  1:39:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've got 2 trays of lemon slices ,for morning iced tea, drying overnight.

Celery on sale again so tomorrow I will dry celery & leaves for more celery salt.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Edited by - YellowRose on Jun 25 2016 1:40:18 PM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 26 2016 :  2:38:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I put the dried celery in the blender with dried onion & garlic. Added it to Kosher salt for an all-purpose seasoning salt.

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 - Jul 14 2016 :  09:57:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kale - grocery store lowered the price on all greens including kale so I loaded up today. I like the convenience of dried kale in vegetable soup and dried beans.

When Ball Jar Co. had a sale I bought a dozen of the green wide mouth qt jars to put up what I dry. Not only will they look pretty I hope they will help keep out light. The jars are kept in my pie safe which has screen doors.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 17 2016 :  11:52:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm excited. I hope to start sun drying a few tomatoes tomorrow. My sister gave me seven Roma tomatoes today and two need another day to fully ripen. I've looked through all my preserving books and have an idea on how to precede but I would like to hear from FarmGirls who have experience with sun drying tomatoes.

I have the perfect place to put the tomatoes, on top of the YellowRose Cottage porch. When I stand on the deck's steps that lead down to the porch I can reach the top.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jul 20 2016 :  05:34:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Day one of sun drying tomatoes went well.

Second day I bought them in for the night ~ they looked really good but were covered with ants. I lost my first batch to ants but will try it again. All I have to do is come up with an ant proof drying rack. Who would have thought ants would find them up on the roof.





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Mountain Girl
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JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
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Posted - Jul 20 2016 :  07:23:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My husband is going backpacking soon so we have been busily drying meals for the trip.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 20 2016 :  08:35:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
JoAnn that sounds so exciting to dry food backpacking foods. What do you dry and how does he prepare the dry foods on the trail?

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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
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Posted - Jul 20 2016 :  08:43:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One staple is spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage. Jim just makes it like he does at home and then put on trays to dry--just add water to rehydrate. He uses angel hair pasta which is made separately. Another staple is Shepherd's pie--he makes the inside, bakes it and then rehydrates on trail. For the mashed potato topping he brings along a packet of Idahoan dried potato. He has a added a new one this year. Basically chicken and rice. We have dehydrated chicken before but it always seems to rehydrate tough. This recipe calls for you to dry canned chicken which they said rehydrates more tender--will have to report back when he returns.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 20 2016 :  09:00:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks. Yes, please let us know how it all turns out.

Celery and green onions were on sale today so I got both to dry along with parsley. I want to make my own dried 'Lipton Noodle Soup' mix and use as much as I can of what I have dried.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 22 2016 :  06:52:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rosemary and chocolate mint

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

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Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
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Posted - Jul 23 2016 :  04:44:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My co-workers' mango trees have been doing well this year, and at times there are 5 shopping bags in our coffee room. I grab a bunch and either freeze them or dry them.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 23 2016 :  10:59:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Vanessa, I've never tried drying mangos. Let us know how they turn out.

Yesterday I did my first one serving test on making the dried noodle soup. It was a flop. Instead of buying plain bouillon I got the soup base so the broth was thicker than I wanted and didn't taste like 'Lipton Noodle Soup' at all. I used raw noodles and they just clumped together when being microwaved. Besides I used too much noodles and there wasn't enough salt. The herbs I added were just right.

So today I cooked a one serving batch of noodles with salt. Halved the amount of noodles. They are now in the dehydrator and coming along good.

I will finish the test batch when I buy plain bouillon this Wed. By then hopefully the microwave disposable containers I ordered will be here.

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 - Jul 25 2016 :  10:35:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last week I bought two large lemons but did not use them so today I am drying them. I like having my dehydrator set up in my kitchen so it's always handy for drying small batches.

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 - Aug 07 2016 :  11:00:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today I am looking through my preserving/drying books for new ideas on what to dry next. And I found it. Drying zucchini squash on strings outside. The strings of sliced zucchini are covered with thin cloth to keep insects off. Book said it should take three days. We're having 102 degree weather so I'm guessing it may take less.

My grocery store has yellow zucchini from a Texas grower so I am thinking about doing a few strings of the yellow and maybe a string or two of mix yellow & green.

If I let my imagination run a little wild I can picture a woman in the late 1800s hanging strings of vegetables from the eaves of her farmhouse back porch.

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 - Aug 10 2016 :  10:51:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm making taco soup today and used up my dried tomato paste powder and wanted more tomato flavor, so I opened a can of tomato paste and used part of it. I opened another can of tomato paste and spread all the tomato paste out on wax paper. It is now in the dehydrator and when dried it will be blended to make tomato 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 - Aug 11 2016 :  07:31:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of the things I like about drying foods is it allows me to preserve food on a day I am dealing with MS fatigue. Today is one of those days so I am stringing green beans to dry. I can do it while sitting in my rocker.

I found the recipe I am using on-line ~ Nov-Dec 1970 issue of Mother Earth News. The old southern name for dried green beans is "leather britches". After washing and drying the green beans I will string them on thread and hang the garlands in the Yellow Rose Cottage.

For you who would like the recipe here's the link http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/preserving-beans-zmaz70ndzgoe.aspx

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

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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
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Posted - Aug 11 2016 :  08:14:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm drying some plum fruit leather. I had planned to just make juice, but it was really thick, so I added a bit of sugar and put it in the dehydrator last night. It's almost done this morning. Tastes really good. Hopefully it will peel off the sheets without too much difficulty.

Jill
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 11 2016 :  08:39:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jill your plum leather sounds yummy. I haven't made fruit leather yet but maybe this winter I'll give it a try.

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

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 12 2016 :  07:46:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today I am drying organic carrots for winter soups. One of the recipes in my drying book called for grated carrots so I am trying it ~ said dried grated carrots are also good in carrot cake or muffins. It also said carrots should be blanched either in micro-wave, stream, or boiling water. Since I grated the carrots I chose the micro-wave method.

Grating the carrots was hard for me today and some days I can't handle knives, so I gave in and ordered a food processor from QVC that's on sale.

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