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sherone_13
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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - Apr 28 2020 :  09:28:07 AM  Show Profile
So the peach fruit leather is sooooo yummy. We are going to make some more this weekend. Now I want to make some miropoux powder. I saw it on a YouTube video. It is onion, carrot, green pepper and celery powders mixed together. You add arrowroot to prevent caking. It is used as a flavoring in cajun cooking. I took a cajun cooking class years ago. Alot of their dishes like jambalaya and etoofee (sp) start with a roux. The roux gives it that yummy brown color. Then you saute a fresh miropoux mixture and add to the roux. This dried mixture just adds to the flavors. I'll let you know how it turned out.

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StitchinWitch
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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Apr 28 2020 :  12:18:18 PM  Show Profile
That sounds like a good thing to have around for all kinds of soups, stews, and casseroles. Good to take camping/backpacking also.

I used to make a lot of fruit leather when I had kids around and lived next to orchards. I also used to make yogurt taffy -- you spread flavored yogurt on plastic wrap; one cup per shelf in my dehydrator, dry it and roll it up in the plastic. Kids loved it.

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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - Apr 28 2020 :  1:13:44 PM  Show Profile
Judith....I am going to try that right now.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  03:49:15 AM  Show Profile
Day four on the blueberry drying. They are almost done. Hopefully before I go to work I will be able to turn them off. 2 gallon bags of blueberries will about fit in a pint jar. Might be just over that. lol It is a good feeling to be canning and drying. Not sure why but it is.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  04:31:28 AM  Show Profile
Hurray! Blueberries dried and now you can move on to your next project. Yes, Michelle, it is a good feeling to see Mason jars full of dried and canned goodies.



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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Apr 29 2020 :  11:39:12 AM  Show Profile
Turned them off before leaving for work. . 2 gallon bags of frozen blueberries yielded almost a quart dried.

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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 29 2020 :  11:42:02 AM  Show Profile
Michelle your qt jar is beautiful. One of the things I like about dried fruit/veg is they take up less space.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 04 2020 :  09:23:36 AM  Show Profile
Hadn't planned on drying anything today but when I watered earlier I noticed the Greek oregano was crowding out the English thyme. I harvested two trays worth of the Greek oregano so the English thyme can now breath and spread a little. This time of the year gotta keep an eye on the raised beds because the herbs seem to grow overnight.

Chives will be next to cut back.

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
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Posted - May 05 2020 :  03:44:59 AM  Show Profile
Fresh herbs are nice and pretty when dried. Mine are all alive, but not growing much. We had warm weather and have turned cooler again. I purchased a herb scissors a few years back. Works great on cutting up the chives into smaller pieces.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - May 05 2020 :  07:18:42 AM  Show Profile
Michelle I too have a pair of those scissors. Like you I like to cut up chives with them. The other day I washed oregano and it wasn't quite dried when I tried to use the scissors. I found out quickly that damp herbs will gum up the scissors.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 07 2020 :  07:01:02 AM  Show Profile
Drying Syrian oregano; garden sage; and window box sage. I prefer fresh sage but I do use dried sage in cornbread dressing. Not enough of both sages to fill a tray so I mixed them together.

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - May 13 2020 :  09:35:36 AM  Show Profile
Hot weather made me bring in the end of last year’s leeks, but I already had four in the fridge for over a month so I sliced and dried those. Onions and onion substitutes have moved onto my “essentials “ list while not shopping.

Has anyone made dehydrated refried beans? I have a style of dry bean that cooks up rather dry for some reason and it made me think they would be better used mashed and then dried.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 13 2020 :  09:46:18 AM  Show Profile
Sara, if I was to dry re-fried beans I think after they were dried I would put in blender or food processor and make a powder to use as a thickener and in soups. Or you could dry the re-fried beans and see how well they re-hydrate. I like to experiment and figure if it doesn't turn out I haven't lost $$.

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 18 2020 :  4:00:01 PM  Show Profile
Interesting on the retried beans. I have made them before and froze them. I made a batch of hamburger jerky on Sunday. Yummy.

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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - May 19 2020 :  07:08:51 AM  Show Profile
A few years ago, I had a bumper crop of serrano peppers I bottled the excess and I used exactly zero of the bottles. Yesterday, I emptied the bottled and dehydrated them. I will being some of them in my miropoux powder/ The rest will be flaked and used as pepper flakes in recipes. Bam! Done!

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  10:34:26 AM  Show Profile
Has anyone dried pears? I haven't and wondered how they are dried.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Hoosick Falls NY
USA
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  10:36:02 AM  Show Profile
Denise thats an interesting idea.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  10:47:35 AM  Show Profile
Sherone great idea to dry the peppers.

Denise I haven't dried pears or most fruit because it's too sweet for me.

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levisgrammy
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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  10:49:15 AM  Show Profile
When you dry frozen blueberries do they need to thaw completely before drying? I have only done a couple of fruits and veggies before and never things that have been frozen.

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  10:50:35 AM  Show Profile
Dried pears are so sweet they are just like eating candy. I never had enough to dry but I would imagine you could just slice them and dry them in the dehydrator. On a large scale they would probably be done like apricots by sulphering and sun drying.

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naturemaiden
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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Hoosick Falls NY
USA
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  10:51:44 AM  Show Profile
I'm going to dry pears, they sound delicious

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  4:16:34 PM  Show Profile
I have dried pears, Denise. They are delicious.
I just sliced, dipped in a solution to prevent browning and dried in the dehydrator. They still came out caramel colored, but the grandkids love them. I bought a box from Costco to have enough to dry. This year I bought a Bartlett pear tree to eventually have my own crop.
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 21 2020 :  4:40:34 PM  Show Profile
I do believe I will give them a try as well as some of the frozen fruits I have. I was thinking the dried blueberries would be good in granola. But I was wondering about the thawing process.

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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - May 22 2020 :  08:26:43 AM  Show Profile
Blueberries are on sale right now. I do believe I will try some.

Sherone

Lean on me, when you're not strong, And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on, For it won't be long, 'Til I'm gonna need, Somebody to lean on.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 22 2020 :  08:31:10 AM  Show Profile
Sherone good planning on buying on sale.

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