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YellowRose Posted - Aug 29 2014 : 3:03:43 PM
6 8oz pkg. port-a-bella mushrooms - yielded 1 quart & 1/2 pint

1 lemon zest






Sara
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YellowRose Posted - Apr 02 2020 : 05:03:43 AM
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.

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

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

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

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Apr 01 2020 : 10:01:20 AM
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.

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

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

YellowRose Posted - Mar 31 2020 : 06:36:21 AM
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.

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

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

YellowRose Posted - Mar 29 2020 : 09:57:37 AM
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
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

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

windypines Posted - Mar 21 2020 : 04:31:26 AM
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.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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

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YellowRose Posted - Mar 20 2020 : 1:45:02 PM
Michele I know you can use the extra room in your freezer. Dried blueberries will so handy in your pantry.


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

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

windypines Posted - Mar 20 2020 : 1:37:09 PM
Hopefully we are finally going to turn the corner from cold weather to warming up soon. Today was only in the twenties. But i want to get going on drying some older blueberries I have in the freezer. I would prefer to put the dehydrator out on the porch to dry them. But will see. First I have to get them thawed. Happy Drying Everyone.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Mar 20 2020 : 08:53:17 AM
Sara thanks for the tip about egg shells in the garden. Love the way you fill every dehydrator tray.

Next week I hope to dry carrots to have on hand for muffins.

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

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

saram Posted - Mar 20 2020 : 08:39:10 AM
I cut up two small, withery pumpkins to dry. Since I had more empty trays I sliced some Serrano’s that were beginning to yellow. Then, with one more tray to fill, I laid out the duck eggshells from the other day to fill it. I found a pin which claims that dried, ground up eggshells can be used in the garden like diatomaceous earth to kill insects. I’ve already ground about a cup of them.
saram Posted - Mar 09 2020 : 10:00:19 AM
Pumpkin in your chili sounds awesome! I still have a couple little sugar pie pumpkins that are starting to get soft, I guess I should cut them up and put them in the dehydrator.

I was mostly impressed with how well the pumpkin retained their texture. The flavor was great too. You are right about mixing fresh and dried veggies. I suppose my soup was edible, but texture is so important in eating food.
I have a pin for making homemade dry onion soup mix which I plan to try soon. That is a staple in my pantry and I’d love to be able to make my own.
YellowRose Posted - Mar 08 2020 : 04:31:13 AM
Sara thanks for letting us know how your soup turned out. Now we know to mix fresh and dried veggies for soup. Good to know the pumpkin was okay. Now I can put my dried pumpkin in chili.

Having dried onions on hand is a good idea. They're good in sour cream dip. I dried Vidalia onions one year and ended up eating it like candy - they were that sweet.
saram Posted - Mar 07 2020 : 7:59:42 PM
8 or 9 onions, just to have some on hand in case.
saram Posted - Mar 03 2020 : 09:16:41 AM
Here’s the honest truth: it was not good. It was bland and mushy, but I saved the broth which could still be used as a starter for a better idea.

What I did get from it though was that the pumpkin came out exceptionally well! It was actually the one thing I was wondering about, if I should just eliminate it from my cupboard. Instead, I will consider doing more of it in the future. So not really a loss at all.
YellowRose Posted - Mar 02 2020 : 3:04:30 PM
Sara I haven't been as brave as you to do a whole pot of dried veg soup. I add one or two at a time and see how I like it. I have made veg broth with mostly dried veggies. Let us know how your recipe turns out.

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

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

saram Posted - Mar 02 2020 : 11:27:41 AM
One bunch of parsley.

I’m organizing all my kitchen cabinets and when I got to the one holding my various dried veggies I decided to challenge myself to use them, so I’d know whether they were worth my time, and if I’d be happy to have them in the event of a food shortage. So I now have a pot of dried vegetable soup simmering on the stove, made with dried pumpkin, onion, mushrooms, cabbage, and green bean powder. I’d love to inspire all of you to invent a recipe from the dehydrated shelf and share it here too, or to share how you are using dried ingredients. Your ideas usually end up sparking a new favorite thing for my kitchen!
saram Posted - Mar 01 2020 : 11:03:02 AM
I did a little bit of research and found the following at https://www.livestrong.com/

“Iowa State University Extension and Outreach suggests using a food dehydrator if you make pasta with eggs in it. They recommend storing the dried egg pasta in airtight bags in the freezer — but according to Fine Cooking magazine, when the water is removed from egg pasta by drying the pasta, it's unlikely to become contaminated with bacteria.“
“That's because drying food has been the go-to method of preserving food for centuries, Fine Cooking says. In meats, drying methods usually use salt. But when it's so dry that you get that snap, it's dry enough to ward off the bacteria, and thus, safe to store at room temperature”

So the recommendation here is that you dry it very well and you can store it on the shelf in airtight containers for up to six months.
windypines Posted - Mar 01 2020 : 03:41:16 AM
When i make noodles, with eggs and flour, I dry them on the counter on a towel, and turn them so they do dry out, and if I don't use them I put them in the freezer. They are fragile, but they keep that way. Homemade noodles taste so good.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

saram Posted - Mar 01 2020 : 12:22:26 AM
Oh gosh Danyel! I am not a noodle pro! Let’s hope someone steps in to help us out on that one!

I would be hesitant to keep the broth noodles for long. But I know that egg noodles are a common thing, you can buy them at the store. Do you think they do something to preserve them? That’s a really good question!
My recipe was the same as yours: eggs mixed into flour and a little salt.
danyel Posted - Feb 24 2020 : 06:46:43 AM
Sara, I have question about noodle drying, I make an egg noodle- flour-salt- egg- and sometimes I add a broth. Can those be dried for later? Since nothing is cooked how would it keep? What is your recipe?

Blessings
Danyel
Farmgirl sister 4202
saram Posted - Feb 23 2020 : 12:05:09 PM
I am not a proficient noodle maker, but I plan to work on mastering them. The batch I made was mostly used fresh for a recipe that day. The rest was left in kinda messy clumps on my pastry board, so they didn’t dry evenly. That’s why I added them to the dehydrator. They only needed about an hour or so.

Next time I make noodles I will do two things differently to speed up the job and make it less frustrating for me: 1) refrigerate the dough at least an hour before rolling. It handled much better when very cold. And 2) take the time to dust cut noodles and hang them separately so they don’t stick together.

Despite the learning curve, I was very happy with the results!
YellowRose Posted - Feb 22 2020 : 03:56:10 AM
Sara, drying noodles is something I haven't done - maybe it's because I have never made any. Did it take long?

One of the things I like about drying is how it reduces produce down so you can store more in less space.

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

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

saram Posted - Feb 21 2020 : 11:03:46 PM
One tray of sage from the garden (one herb that over winters here) and a tray of homemade noodles.

Next day, six trays of mushrooms which made two quarts dried.
StitchinWitch Posted - Jan 29 2020 : 12:35:40 PM
I usually wait until some man happens by and ask them to cut the winter squash but I like Sara's method of hitting the knife with a hammer or such. I have a squash on my counter that has been waiting for a while so I may try it tonight.

Judith

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