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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jul 23 2020 :  05:47:42 AM  Show Profile
Michelle the 1 1/2 lbs of ready to grind garlic yielded 1 1/2 cups powder. I mixed a little bit of arrowroot to keep it dry.

I made salve years ago when I had a comfrey plant. Might ought to plant another one and a few other herbs for salve and healing oils in the fall.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
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Posted - Jul 24 2020 :  02:33:49 AM  Show Profile
Arrowroot to keep the powder dry. Interesting, never heard of that. Well I looked and only have 2 heads of garlic left. Maybe this weekend, as its supposed to again rain. See if i can find other things to dry as well.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jul 24 2020 :  03:29:27 AM  Show Profile
I read it somewhere. This is the first time for me to try it. May keep it from lumping together. I gave a jar of it to one of my sisters yesterday. It was in a zip-lock bag. After she left me she went to Krogers and the young man who carried out her groceries smelled the garlic. Betty told him I had grown the garlic, dried, and made the garlic powder. He said he wished his mother grew vegetables instead of flowers. There's hope for us all when there are young people who are interested in gardening. I hope in time he will have his own garden.

Yes, the garlic powder is that strong that it can be smelled in a jar in a plastic bag.

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
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Posted - Jul 25 2020 :  05:40:29 AM  Show Profile
I take any powders that have gotten hard and use my mortar and pestle. Having a duh moment I hope I called that right. lol Anyways it is so comforting to know that you created something yourself. Whether it is grown or made by hand.

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
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Posted - Jul 26 2020 :  03:26:09 AM  Show Profile
Weeded the garden yesterday, yicks. A few onions got pulled out. Going to chop them up and dry them, along with the couple garlic heads. I have head of cabbage to cut up for coleslaw. Maybe will do a try or two of cabbage, to fill up the dehydrator.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jul 26 2020 :  06:53:13 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, drying does come in handy for a little of this and that.

This week I ordered two 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes with my groceries. Drained one overnight. Will dry today. Experimenting with drying crushed tomatoes for tomato powder. Will let y'all know how it turns out. If it is good I may add garlic powder & herbs to next can.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Jul 26 2020 :  07:16:12 AM  Show Profile
Two trays of the drained crushed tomatoes are in the dehydrator. Froze the tomato juice from draining in ice cube tray. (11 ice cubes)

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
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Posted - Jul 27 2020 :  03:21:48 AM  Show Profile
Good job Sara. I got the onions dry along with the little bit of garlic. That filled up my dehydrator. NIce to have them done in one day.

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Michele
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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Jul 27 2020 :  06:16:55 AM  Show Profile
Michelle it's always good to get it done.

Crushed tomatoes are dried & ground - yield scant 1/4 cup - started with 28oz can so the flavor must be intense. Today's Monday so that means housework. May dry the other can tomorrow.

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sherone_13
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Sherone
Evanston WY
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Posted - Jul 27 2020 :  07:19:09 AM  Show Profile
We dried a bunch of cilantro and dill from the greenhouse this weekend.

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YellowRose
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Sara
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Posted - Jul 27 2020 :  07:22:53 AM  Show Profile
Sherone, your kitchen must have smelled so good. Always wanted a greenhouse but never got around to getting one. Enjoy yours.

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windypines
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Michele
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Posted - Jul 28 2020 :  03:27:32 AM  Show Profile
I am drying hay today. lol Started cutting last night and will finish up today. Think I will go into work late, so I can get it done.

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windypines
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Michele
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Posted - Jul 31 2020 :  5:38:15 PM  Show Profile
Hay is all up, got other half to go in a couple weeks I suppose. Weeded my herb bed tonight. That was an overgrown mess, sad to say. But it looks good now.

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janamarieje
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Jana
Southern California
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Posted - Jul 31 2020 :  8:12:20 PM  Show Profile
The last two days I have been drying herbs out of the garden, basil, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. I am hoping to get one more growth. This is my second year doing this and I love producing my own food.

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janamarieje
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Jana
Southern California
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Posted - Jul 31 2020 :  8:13:24 PM  Show Profile
The last two days I have been drying herbs out of the garden, basil, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. I am hoping to get one more growth this season before winter. This is my second year doing this and I love producing my own food.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 01 2020 :  04:50:06 AM  Show Profile
Michelle, you go girl. I know haying is a chore but so good when it's done. You mentioning weeding your herbs reminds me I need to weed the creeping rosemary beds. More than rosemary has crept into them.

Jana, harvesting & drying herbs is one of the things I enjoy the most. Hope you have a bountiful second harvest.

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
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Posted - Aug 02 2020 :  03:02:20 AM  Show Profile
Sara, what more then rosemary creeps in? Ugh they take over too fast. Jana nice collection of herbs to dry. Those are the ones I do also, though not cilantro. That one does not like me, but oh it smells so good. I do loveage also. I saw I have more onions that are about done in the garden. Will pull them and dry.

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 02 2020 :  07:42:55 AM  Show Profile
Michelle a couple of years ago I planted creeping rosemary along both sides of sidewalk to front porch. It's a low growing variety 1'X 2'. Use as the regular rosemary. I have 14 plants. makes a good landscape plant. low maintenance

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Edited by - YellowRose on Aug 02 2020 07:45:25 AM
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StitchinWitch
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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Aug 02 2020 :  11:00:47 AM  Show Profile
Rosemary is a wonderful plant. We planted some up at our trailer. The Tuscan rosemary we planted is over 5 feet tall and eight feet across and the trailing rosemary hangs down the bank. We also planted lavender. The deer don't touch either one and they smell so good and have such pretty blue flowers that the bees love.

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sherone_13
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Sherone
Evanston WY
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Posted - Aug 03 2020 :  08:39:51 AM  Show Profile
We spent all weekend in the hay field, so no drying herbs. Tonight I have sage to go into both dryers. It's everywhere!

Sherone

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 03 2020 :  09:46:14 AM  Show Profile
Sherone I mostly use my sage fresh - today it's fresh in black beans -dried for cornbread dressing. What do you use dried sage in? I would like to have ideas for using dried sage.

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StitchinWitch
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Judith
Galt CA
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Posted - Aug 03 2020 :  12:14:37 PM  Show Profile
Dried sage -- turkey stuffing! Sage dressing is our favorite.

Judith

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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
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Posted - Aug 05 2020 :  02:56:47 AM  Show Profile
Dried sage is good in beef dishes as well, like meatloaf. I use it quite often with beef.

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Michele
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 05 2020 :  06:31:31 AM  Show Profile
Thanks Michelle I never thought about using dried sage in meatloaf - will give it a try next time I make it. Now to dry some to have on hand.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
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Posted - Aug 06 2020 :  06:00:28 AM  Show Profile
Drying one tray of sage this morning. Looking forward to trying it in a beef dish.

In the other tray I have a small can of chipotle peppers to make powder for Tex-Mex dishes.

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