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Dapple Grey Lady
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Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
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Posted - Mar 20 2020 :  7:08:38 PM  Show Profile
I have blueberries in the freezer too. How long do you dry them for?

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Mar 21 2020 :  04:31:26 AM  Show Profile
Betty, First you need to have them thawed, or you will end up with a mess. Not that that happened to me once..........lol or did it? Then put down parchment or whatever you like to use. I let them dry till they are small little lumps, it was a full day, if i remember right. It was a couple years ago that I dried some. I use them in oatmeal, and muffins.

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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 - Mar 29 2020 :  09:57:37 AM  Show Profile
Two trays of zucchini drying today. Tomorrow a 8 oz pkg of baby portabella mushrooms I haven't gotten around to using in recipe. I like to use dried mushrooms in making broths. Drying deepens the flavor.

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 - Mar 31 2020 :  06:36:21 AM  Show Profile
Yesterday groceries were delivered from Aldi. 8 oz pkg of white mushrooms on sale for 79 cents so I got 6 pkg to dry. One thing I do miss about not shopping myself is the mark downs I use to get for canning & drying. So now I have to catch the sales.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 01 2020 :  10:01:20 AM  Show Profile
Last batch of mushrooms in dryer. When they come out I have celery ready to put in. Yesterday I needed to cook the chicken thighs for Annie and make broth for me. As I was adding items to the pot MS fatigue dropped on me and I wasn't able to wash and cut up celery so instead I used some of the mushrooms I had prepped for drying. Lesson learned and today I will dry celery to have on hand. Spring & summer are high fatigue days for me so I need to stock up on dried foods.

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 02 2020 :  04:36:03 AM  Show Profile
Sorry to hear that Sara. I hope you are feeling better. Work when you can and rest when you have to.

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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 - Apr 02 2020 :  05:03:43 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for your sweet words, Michelle. Today it's a lb of carrots for my sister. She wants to have dried carrots on hand for muffins. For me dried carrots are too sweet for savory dishes so I use them in muffins and my sister wants to try it.

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Apr 08 2020 :  11:30:20 PM  Show Profile
Sara, I recently became aware of canning celery. I plan to do this, as it is one of the savories I rely on in cooking and Iím having to hoard it right now.
Iíve also put carrots on that to do list.

Has anyone ever grown celery with success?
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Apr 09 2020 :  12:04:15 AM  Show Profile
I dried orange peels to grind up for recipes calling for zest.
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Apr 09 2020 :  12:05:53 AM  Show Profile
I also dried some tortilla chips to crisp them up. Necessity really does drive a person to frugal measures!
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 09 2020 :  04:05:55 AM  Show Profile
I have grown celery Sara. I buy the plants in the spring. In the past I have used a piece of 3" pvc pipe about 6 inches or so and put it over the plant. Supposed to help keep it dark on the stalks, or something like that. The problem with that is you have to pay attention and cut the celery before it gets to big in the pipe. Last year i just planted and let it go. It grew just fine and was able to see it and cut it when needed. You can get a couple cuttings off of a plant too. It is easy to grow. It does not get as big as a boughten stalk. I cut it up and freeze it to be used through out the year.

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Michele
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Dapple Grey Lady
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Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
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Posted - Apr 20 2020 :  7:51:36 PM  Show Profile
I've been drying rose petals.Plan to use in a potpourri mix.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 21 2020 :  12:28:28 AM  Show Profile
Betty your house must smell wonderful. Never dried rose petals for potpourri. My heirloom climbing rose bush is in bloom may have to dry a tray or two of petals for potpourri or tea.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 21 2020 :  03:08:54 AM  Show Profile
I had a friend of mine make rose water from the petals. She was going to try it in beauty products she makes.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

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Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
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Posted - Apr 21 2020 :  7:28:38 PM  Show Profile
I tried dried roses on soaps but they molded. I pick the petals off on fully bloomed open roses. Dry on lowest settings. I picked some wild verbena yesterday and dried those too. I wont cook with these roses as I am not sure the bushes have been sprayed before my son bought them. But next season I will try and make rose jelly.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 22 2020 :  05:56:21 AM  Show Profile
Betty you have given me another idea - rose jelly - will probably do that instead of drying. I've been in my house going on nine years and I don't spray and none of my neighbors do so the roses should be okay for jelly. Love living where people around me don't spray.

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Apr 22 2020 :  7:21:49 PM  Show Profile
My sister made rose hip jelly. It's very pretty but I think it's an acquired taste.

Judith

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2020 :  03:38:29 AM  Show Profile
Got blue berries drying, finally. I did not get them started till yesterday afternoon and over night I turn them off. I used my plastic liners that go with the trays. Will see how that works or if it takes longer.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2020 :  06:01:46 AM  Show Profile
Michelle let us know about the plastic trays and if it made a difference.

Yesterday I checked out my herbs and several of them are ready for harvesting. A little early for that - must be all the rain we'll be having and a mild winter. I think I'll start with the Italian & Syrian oregano.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Edited by - YellowRose on Apr 26 2020 06:44:34 AM
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 26 2020 :  5:24:27 PM  Show Profile
Blueberries are still drying. Some trays are drying faster then others, so have been switching them around. About 18 hours now, and about half have a ways to go. I just feel like the liners don't circulate the air as much as just the tray. But with blueberries it was nice to have the liner to catch any juice. I have also stirred up the berries too, in hopes of speeding up the process. Another thing, maybe a few of the trays were too full. OH well they will all dry, just will take longer.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 27 2020 :  06:09:48 AM  Show Profile
Michelle have you tried using parchment paper to line your trays? I don't know if it would make a difference on drying time but it eliminates clean-up. For herbs wax paper works. When anything is dried I empty the trays onto wax paper. Then I use it to funnel the dried item into jars.

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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - Apr 27 2020 :  08:58:10 AM  Show Profile
We are using up some bottled peaches by making fruit leather for the grandkids summer camping packs. My mother in law gave me her dehydrator. I'm really enjoying it.

Sherone

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 27 2020 :  09:09:33 AM  Show Profile
Sherone enjoy your dehydrator. Let us know how the fruit leather turns out. I've never made it.

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

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 28 2020 :  03:30:57 AM  Show Profile
Day three of drying blueberries. I am down to 2 trays. I just switched out the liners with the perforated liners I got with my dehydrator. Again I shut off over night. I did use parchment the last time I dried blueberries, and I don't remember it taking this long. The blueberries are juicy, so that is one reason the liner was actually nicer to start with. How is the herb drying going Sara. Sherone, I had made fruit leather when my kids were small.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6875 Posts

Posted - Apr 28 2020 :  05:55:36 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, drying mushrooms today because it has to be done - then on to the herbs.

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