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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 22 2020 :  4:36:51 PM  Show Profile
Dried pears are very good. I like them better the dried peaches.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 22 2020 :  4:43:10 PM  Show Profile
Thaw frozen blue berries all the way before drying. Otherwise you will have a mess of liquid in your dehydrator. If using fresh you have to poke them with a needle a few times to break the skin so they can dry. Freezing and thawing breaks the skins Dried pears are the best. I like them much better then dried peaches.

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Michele
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 22 2020 :  5:12:02 PM  Show Profile
Thanks Michele!
I was able to get pears to dry today as well as bananas. Thank you for the tip on blueberries. I will save the juice from thawing maybe I can use it for something.

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 23 2020 :  12:13:49 PM  Show Profile
Haven't done the blueberries, pears or bananas yet but my granddaughter was helping so now we have celery and peppers drying. Not sure how long they will take. I diced some of the peppers and also sliced some. We also made pickled eggs today too. Not for drying of course. I wondered if any of you would have any book recommendations for dehydrating. I have Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook but would like suggestions for others that have been helpful to any of you.
Thanks!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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Edited by - levisgrammy on May 23 2020 6:19:12 PM
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - May 24 2020 :  03:47:39 AM  Show Profile
I don't have any special drying books. Just the ball canning book and the one that came with my dehydrator.


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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 24 2020 :  06:47:37 AM  Show Profile
I need to find the one that came with my dehydrator Michele. I do have the Ball canning book. With have to look through there.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 24 2020 :  6:26:32 PM  Show Profile
Denise I have "Food Drying with an Attitude" by Mary T. Bell.

I dried 7 garlic bulbs today and ground to powder in blender. I want to use it in different blends I want to try.

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

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 25 2020 :  5:31:13 PM  Show Profile
Thanks Sara! Will see where I can find that one.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 26 2020 :  04:56:08 AM  Show Profile
Denise I got mine from Amazon several years ago -

I now shop mostly Thrift Books https://www.thriftbooks.com/sitemap/

I checked and they have a new one for $12.07 - shipping free because all $10 and above orders or free. Less than $10 the shipping is 99 cents.

I buy a lot of used books from them and am always happy with them.

The book has recipes for basic drying and for things like drying flowers for crafts.

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 26 2020 :  4:16:18 PM  Show Profile
Sara, I checked both of those and found one. Thank you for the information on it.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  05:10:30 AM  Show Profile
Drying cabbage this morning. Gotta say that's the toughest cabbage I've ever cut into. It must have been on the last wagon train coming into Texas.

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  08:11:39 AM  Show Profile
Sara,
Can I asked what you do with the dried cabbage?

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 27 2020 :  08:32:53 AM  Show Profile
Denise it is good in veg soup. Made some this week with just dried cabbage, canned tomatoes and potatoes. A little dab of dried Syrian oregano too.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 07 2020 :  08:30:26 AM  Show Profile
I let my Syrian & Italian oregano go to flower for the bees & butterflies, so both were overgrown. I harvested them this morning and they are now drying on kitchen table. When dry I will put them in large paper sacks with holes and hang in Yellow Rose Cottage. Drying in paper sacks with holes keep the herbs clean.

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 - Jun 29 2020 :  02:07:38 AM  Show Profile
Herb drying time in WI. I need to get at them. I do mine in the dehydrator, usually taking off the leaves, if need be. I was hoping to pick some this morning, but we are having a thunderstorm.

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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 - Jun 29 2020 :  05:18:06 AM  Show Profile
Thunderstorms & herb harvesting sure don't mix. Michelle you've reminded me I need to dry the lemon thyme. Maybe later this week.



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 - Jun 30 2020 :  06:01:26 AM  Show Profile
Cut back my lemon thyme that was growing too close to the basil. Sure could smell the lemon this morning. Will make for great recipes when dried.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
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Posted - Jun 30 2020 :  07:12:10 AM  Show Profile
Just put a big batch of Cilantro in the dryer this morning. My house will smell so good when I get home.

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
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Posted - Jun 30 2020 :  11:39:33 AM  Show Profile
Trying my darndest in the last 2 days to harvest some Holy Basel and dill to dry but the rain storms are hitting one right after the other with a small window of sunshine! But I got some beautiful flowers cut the other day and they are drying!!

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Jun 30 2020 :  12:29:33 PM  Show Profile
Drying catnip and basil this week.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Jul 01 2020 :  04:07:47 AM  Show Profile
I am going out this morning to clip some sage and what ever else I find. maybe do some dill weed. Last night my sister picked all my chocolate mint and some loveage.

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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 - Jul 01 2020 :  04:57:58 AM  Show Profile
Chocolate mint does seem to be a favorite. I'll go out in a bit and cut rosemary, mint, and Syrian oregano for roasted leg of lamb.

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 15 2020 :  08:47:11 AM  Show Profile
This morning I cut my Greek oregano back to just several inches. A lot of new growth under the mess of old. Washed it and it is drying on kitchen table. Later today I'll put it in a paper bag and air dry in my YRC.

One of my sisters came by with over a quart bag of cayenne peppers. I'll string them and hang in my kitchen till they turn red and are dried. When they are completely dried I'll take the seeds out and put peppers in blender to make red pepper flakes. I avoid eating seeds so I like making my own flakes. The seeds will be put on an ant bed when I need to.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6875 Posts

Posted - Jul 18 2020 :  11:18:54 AM  Show Profile
Drying garlic today. I weighed my MJF garlic before putting it in the food processor. Planted 1/2 lb of garlic and yielded 1 1/2 lbs. I'm happy with that but hope to have a better yield next year. Had planned on saving garlic to plant in the fall but sisters want garlic powder too so I'm using all of it for garlic powder. In Sept when the garlic is available I plan on ordering 1 lb or maybe 1 1/2 lbs. Depends on how much room I have in raised beds.

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 - Jul 18 2020 :  4:36:15 PM  Show Profile
Got to do what you got to do Sara. Good luck with drying and making powder. I should do that with my old garlic from last year. Still have some. Making salves right now, jewel weed and plantain. Of course about to get thunderstorms again.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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