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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2024 :  04:29:10 AM  Show Profile
Lisa, so happy he was there to get the fresh produce and there was plenty to share with others. I don't understand some people these days that don't want to cook fresh vegetables and would rather have fast foods.

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Feb 14 2024 :  10:46:11 AM  Show Profile
Heather -- I can't believe people not wanting that food with the prices so high now. Covid showed us that a lot of the younger ones never learned to cook and I think some are just plain lazy.
I opened my front door this morning and was happy to find a bag of oranges someone had gifted us.

Judith

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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

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Lisa
Georgetown OH
2869 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2024 :  2:02:06 PM  Show Profile
I vote for lazy.
Not to be mean, but there are many days when I am bone tired and don't feel like chopping and prepping. But,I view the end product.

Edited by - nubidane on Feb 14 2024 2:04:55 PM
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
2194 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2024 :  2:30:27 PM  Show Profile
I tend to still cook for six even though there are only two of us now so I freeze leftovers for those times. I do confess to keeping a couple of Trader Joe's Indian dinners in the freezer.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

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Lisa
Georgetown OH
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Posted - Feb 14 2024 :  2:37:32 PM  Show Profile
Hey we all have to have our vices!
I wish we had a Trader Joes closer!
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
2194 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2024 :  2:48:03 PM  Show Profile
Ours is about 35 miles away so it's a trip every month or two. Their yogurt in the little cups is my favorite addiction.


Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
I'm old and I do wear purple
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6867 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Feb 23 2024 :  09:48:00 AM  Show Profile
Drying Roma tomatoes for tomato powder.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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shennandoah
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Shennandoah
La Vernia TX
USA
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Posted - Feb 24 2024 :  6:50:08 PM  Show Profile
I've always got herbs drying for tea and seasoning. I tried my hand at drying potatoes for instant potatoes, but not sure they turned out. I think I should have done a thinner layer.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2024 :  03:26:31 AM  Show Profile
Shennandoah, I never heard of drying potatoes for instant potatoes. Let us know how it turns out for you. I did dry potatoes once to use in soups but I didn't like the texture so I haven't dried potatoes since.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Mar 03 2024 :  07:07:44 AM  Show Profile
Drying tomatoes for tomato powder. I use it as fast as I dry tomatoes.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Mar 04 2024 :  03:28:26 AM  Show Profile
Nice Sara. I did dry tomato skins once but I never think about using it. Hummm

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6867 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Mar 04 2024 :  07:03:09 AM  Show Profile
I used a Tbsp of the last of the tomato powder this morning in a pot of soup. There's a 14oz whole tomatoes in the soup but I wanted more tomato flavor. The powder adds flavor without adding bulk to the soup. You know how soup grows when you put a little of this and a little of that in it.

Made tomato powder this morning. I like to make a little at a time because it has a tenancy to clump so I try to use it in a month.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.

Edited by - YellowRose on Mar 04 2024 07:44:58 AM
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
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Posted - Mar 04 2024 :  1:20:38 PM  Show Profile
Your tomato powder sounds like my beef jerky - we eat it as fast as I make it!

~Heather
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"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
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Posted - Mar 05 2024 :  02:36:04 AM  Show Profile
I've never thought about making the powders. What a great way to add flavor to things!
Thinking I need to do the mushrooms and the tomato. How do you store them?

~Denise
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Mar 05 2024 :  05:41:51 AM  Show Profile
Denise, I make small batches of both mushroom & tomato powders. I store mine in a 12 oz wide mouth ball jar. The wide mouth jars make it easy to dip out what I need. Since I use the powders within a month I use the white plastic storage lids. I like the easiest of the storage lids. To store longer I would use a canning lid & ring, they are airtight. Store the powders like you would spices.

A hint on emptying the blender after making the powder is to turn it upside down on wax paper; tap it on counter to loosen all of the powder; than you can funnel it into the jar.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.

Edited by - YellowRose on Mar 05 2024 05:42:57 AM
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
9290 Posts

Posted - Mar 05 2024 :  07:05:48 AM  Show Profile
Thanks Sara!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"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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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
2194 Posts

Posted - Mar 05 2024 :  11:24:41 AM  Show Profile
Good reminder Sara. The first time I made mushroom powder I didn't turn it upside down. When I took off the lid very fine mushroom powder exploded all over the room. I never forgot again. I love eating mushrooms but definitely don't like breathing them.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6867 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Mar 05 2024 :  11:32:09 AM  Show Profile
Judith, the first time I made red pepper flakes I opened the blender lid before the dust settled and it took my breath away.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

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Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
261 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  10:25:16 AM  Show Profile
1rst time drying tomatoes. Some to eat on a sandwich, rest to be made into tomato powder.
I am experimenting with making my own salt/spice blends. Two years I bought a zip lock bag of spice while visiting Charleston. Once I have
tomato powder I can try to copy the blend. Sadly we don't get to visit Charleston often

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  10:58:21 AM  Show Profile
Tara, along with making salt/spice blends you may want to try herb flavored sugars like mint, lavender, and rose petal. All herbs used in blends should be grown organically for best results.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
2194 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  4:02:29 PM  Show Profile
Herb flavored vinegars are good too. My favorites are basil and rosemary. Great in salad dressings and marinating meat.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

3053 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
3053 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2024 :  06:18:35 AM  Show Profile
I love herbal infused oil (rosemary is one of my favorites too!) and have wanted to try some vinegars. The sugar sounds really interesting. I would like the mint for sure but I'm not sure about the lavender and rose. Have you tried them before Sara? I'm not a big fan of the perfume taste some flower teas leave in your mouth - I wonder if the sugar is like that or not.

~Heather
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6867 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2024 :  07:27:54 AM  Show Profile
Heather mint is my favorite herbal sugar. You can control the mint flavor by how much mint you layer in the sugar.

Recipe for mint (herbal sugar) sugar: Layer sugar in bottle of jar than a layer of mint. Keep layering sugar than mint until jar is filled and use airtight lid. Use whole leaves so you can take them out as you use the sugar. If the leaves crumble sift the sugar or use a tea strainer to strain your hot tea.

One of my favorite herbal vinegars is tarragon. French tarragon won't grow in our Texas heat so I have grown Texas Tarragon aka Mexican marigold. The leaves taste like tarragon and it has pretty wee yellow flowers.

I make small patches of herbal oils, store them in the refrigerator, and use them in a couple of days, because I am afraid of bacterial growing in the oil. I have never bought herbal oils so I don't know if they have to be refrigerated or not.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6867 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2024 :  09:56:31 AM  Show Profile
Drying chives today. I re-potted my chive plant, so it was a good time to harvest the outer leaves. To harvest chives, take the outer leaves just above the root. Chives do not loose quality when they bloom. Blooms are edible. Chives and blooms hold up well in herbal vinegars.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

3053 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
3053 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2024 :  1:00:23 PM  Show Profile
Chives are one of my favorites! Mine are starting to brave the cold but they're not ready for harvest yet. Do you use fresh mint or dried mint leaves for the sugar?
For my herbal oils I use dried herbs added to the oil then put it in a crock pot with water in it on the warm setting (lid off) for 24-48 hours (check the water to keep the level above the oil). Then strain the herbs out and it keeps on the counter for months (if I don't use it all first!) I do this with plantain for lotion and it's lasted all year in a jar with no problems. I think the key is to make sure the herbs are dried. It's the moisture that causes problems.

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
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