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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






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saram Posted - Dec 10 2019 : 5:27:05 PM
Sara! Iím so impressed with your blend! Please let us know how you use it and how you like it!

Iíve been using my dehydrator to dry walnut meats. We gleaned all our nuts this year instead of taking them off the drier, and as we have had some rain it is important to remove most of the moisture from the meats before storing them. One hour seems to be enough.
YellowRose Posted - Dec 08 2019 : 2:04:17 PM
Dried onions and garlic today for umami blend. Just finished grinding the dried mushrooms, garlic, and onions in blender and mixed together - yield 1/2 cup. It's hard to image 16oz of mushrooms - two onions - and 4 garlic cloves would yield only 1/2 cup of ground mixture. The flavor must be intense - now to find the right recipe and figure out how much to use. Decided to go with just the base recipe and add herbs the next time.

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YellowRose Posted - Dec 08 2019 : 05:54:07 AM
Cabbage is done and it only took two batches for the mid-size cabbage. Looks pretty in the green qt mason jar.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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windypines Posted - Dec 08 2019 : 02:02:12 AM
good luck with the cabbage, I hope you like it.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Dec 07 2019 : 07:38:02 AM
I like learning from all of you. Today I am drying cabbage. Thanks Michele for telling us about it. Will take 3 batches of 2 trays each to get it done then there will be plenty for soups and stews.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

YellowRose Posted - Dec 05 2019 : 09:01:45 AM
White button mushrooms on sale today so I got two 8 oz pkg to dry for Umami seasoning. Bought the onions and garlic from veg/fruit stand the other day and will dry them in coming days. Thinking about adding herbs to mix. Will have to read up on what herbs go with mushrooms.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

windypines Posted - Dec 01 2019 : 3:14:47 PM
keeping it hot in the yellow rose cottage!! woo hoo. enjoy

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Dec 01 2019 : 1:16:32 PM
I order pantry staples from Amazon Prime and as I was making out my order today I came across a jar of Umami seasoning for $12. Umami is a Japanese word meaning savory flavor. I read the ingredients and it was mostly powdered mushrooms, onion, & garlic. I think I will dry a batch of mushrooms, onions, & garlic to make up my own batch of Umami seasoning. May add a dab of red pepper flakes - I do like a touch of heat.

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 - Nov 28 2019 : 05:15:05 AM
Enjoy using your new dehydrator. Thanks for the mayo jar lid tip.

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 - Nov 28 2019 : 04:48:14 AM
With all the sales on now, I just ordered a new dehydrator. Checked to see that my trays will fit and they are the same size. I got the same brand, I think. lol I put used canning lids on my dehydrated jars. Also do you save your lids off of salad dressing? Most of those plastic lids fit a canning jar. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Nov 27 2019 : 11:10:11 PM
Never thought about the savings of reusing lids.

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 - Nov 27 2019 : 10:21:24 PM
And zero cost as you donít use a lid to seal.
YellowRose Posted - Nov 24 2019 : 11:51:41 PM
Sara now you have had success drying cabbage I am even more inspired to try it. Another thing I like about drying is how little space it takes to store dried foods compared to canning.

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 - Nov 24 2019 : 10:39:40 PM
Sara I did dry that piece of cabbage. I just sliced it thin and cut those shorter, about an inch or so in length. It wasnít much cabbage but it filled two trays. It finished a lovely yellow-green color! Made less than a pint.
YellowRose Posted - Nov 21 2019 : 08:08:23 AM
Sara, when I get around to drying cabbage I plan on putting it in the food processor instead of cutting in strips or dicing my hand. How did you do 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.

saram Posted - Nov 21 2019 : 07:48:35 AM
Oh you girls are so clever! I just put a piece of cabbage back in the fridge, Iíll take it right out and dry it before itís forgotten and turned to mush in the drawer!

And the paste idea is so smart!

You are right. It just takes a little energy and hardly any thought to pop something into the dehydrator and it makes no difference whether itís one tray or ten!
YellowRose Posted - Nov 20 2019 : 02:35:26 AM
Michelle I haven't dried cabbage. The next time it goes on sale I'll give it a try.

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 - Nov 20 2019 : 01:13:38 AM
Dried veggies sure are handy to have in the cupboard. Last time I made soup, i added a touch of this and that to make it interesting. lol A friend had given me dried cabbage. It is very small and actually adds a subtle touch of flavor to soup.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

YellowRose Posted - Nov 19 2019 : 06:39:42 AM
Sara, that's one of the reasons I like drying - you can do a dab of this & that. There's always tomato paste left over when I use it so I either freeze or dry it. If I dry it I grind it into a powder for soup & veg broths.

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 - Nov 18 2019 : 6:35:48 PM
Thanks for the suggestions!

Today, a couple of tablespoons of chopped parsley.
I chopped more than my recipe called for.
YellowRose Posted - Nov 15 2019 : 2:37:45 PM
I like the aroma of drying oregano.

There's two things I know of you can do to ensure your dried mushrooms stay dry.

Some instructions call for pasteurizing home dried foods after dehydrating. Spread dried food out in a single layer on cookie sheet; dry for 1 hr at lowest temperature in stove oven. I tried that once and couldn't tell the difference then when I turn the dehydrator down to 100 and let it go for another hour. Fleshy veg like mushrooms if not sliced thin enough may need the extra drying time. Most of the time I just let the dehydrator go until the mushroom are almost brittle.

Another thing you can do is after you are sure the mushrooms are thoroughly dried is to wrap them in Press n/ Seal or Saran wrap before putting in glass jars. I haven't wrapped mushrooms but I do wrap eggplant slices because eggplant easily absorbs moisture.

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.

StitchinWitch Posted - Nov 15 2019 : 2:33:01 PM
Sara -- I put mine in the freezer

Judith

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saram Posted - Nov 15 2019 : 2:22:02 PM
Oregano from the kitchen garden.

Earlier today I was re-dehydrating some crimini mushrooms. I opened them up to find them a little soft and I figured that wasnít good?
How do you keep them from reabsorbing moisture?
saram Posted - Nov 13 2019 : 11:56:52 AM
Portobello tops.

I took your advice, Sara, to keep different varieties on hand. Iíve never done the portobellos. But some didnít make it to the dehydrator as they were added into the dinner menu instead!
So pretty!
YellowRose Posted - Nov 05 2019 : 05:59:26 AM
Sara, your own ground chili mix sounds wonderful.

Drying collard greens today to use in soups and with beans. I especially like any greens with lima beans.

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.


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