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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 27 2019 :  03:57:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lori, all of your mints sound wonderful. Have fun drying and maybe try making a blend of 2 or 3 of your mints. When I try something new I always do a small amount so I don't have much invested if it doesn't work out the way I wanted it to.

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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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

481 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
481 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2019 :  7:30:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Sara. Sounds like you have done a lot of drying. Do you make teas also? I love hot tea all fall and winter. I make a lot of iced tea in the summer. I use mint tea for that too. It's delicious

Lori Beck
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 28 2019 :  03:18:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lori, I make medicinal teas for the onset of colds & soar throat with Greek oregano; rosemary; spearmint; sage; thyme; rosehips; and other mints for flavor. Greek oregano and spearmint are medicinal.

I use any mint to flavor my hot English morning tea; iced tea; and cucumber water. Try a slice or two of cucumber in either plain water or sparkling water - refreshing.

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 12 2019 :  06:17:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was given small to medium size tomatoes - not enough to mess with canning so I am drying them today. Roma tomatoes are the best for drying but today I am drying what I was given. They will probably be drying tomorrow.

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

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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

481 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
481 Posts

Posted - Jul 12 2019 :  6:38:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have 3 different kinds of mints hanging up to dry. Chocolate mint, candy lime mint, and peppermint. I hung them in the bedroom on an old laundry rack to dry. The bedroom is dark as our house is built in a hill. They look like they are starting to dry so it must be working. lol

Lori Beck
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

2749 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2749 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2019 :  02:56:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dried my garlic scapes. They were in the fridge for a few days, was haying, so i figured i better do something with them. I cut them up and put in the dehydrator. Will use them in something. Sara how did your tomatoes do? Lori how are your mints doing? Just a question, would you need a small fan for air flow in your "drying" room? I don't know if it would be needed, but might speed up the process. I have not dried herbs by hanging. Though my mom has dried in her basement, with no fan. They do have a dehumidifier. Will be interesting to see how they turn out.

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Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 13 2019 :  05:12:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele your dried garlic scapes will be so good in recipes that call for garlic. The last of the tomatoes came out of the dehydrator this morning. Starting yesterday afternoon I began taking tomatoes out as they were dried - spread the dried tomatoes out on kitchen counter on wax paper and covered with paper towels. I woke in the middle of the night so I checked on the tomatoes and brought in what was ready.

After morning tea I will check the tomatoes to see if any need to go back into the dehydrator for a little bit. When I am sure they are all sufficiently dried I will put in wide mouth jar and cover with EVOO. Will keep in the fridge up to a month if they last that long. Dried tomatoes in oil are so handy for cooking not to mention snacking.

Lori, there's something about hanging herbs I like but don't do much of anymore. Right now I have pennyroyal hanging in the Yellow Rose Cottage and that's it.

Update on tomatoes: They are now in a wide mouth pint jar under EVOO. They look so pretty.

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.


Edited by - YellowRose on Jul 13 2019 05:47:34 AM
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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

481 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
481 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2019 :  5:25:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, your tea for colds sounds wonderful. I am still getting some herbs together for my garden. I haven't hung anything up to dry for so long. It's nice to see something hanging up.

Lori Beck
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  05:15:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The other day I dried Greek oregano. It's one of the few herbs I like fresh or dried. I usually prefer fresh.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
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Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  08:09:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Right now, i am drying flowers! I need to gather my mint, basil and dill and dry them but for now, gathering flowers from my garden to dry for future use!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  08:13:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diana, drying flowers sounds like so much fun.

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

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
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Posted - Jul 27 2019 :  08:20:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I SO LOVE IT Sara!! Little bundles of colorful joy scattered throughout and it makes me smile!!! Using latter for art, for teas, etc

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Jul 29 2019 :  03:18:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yesterday i picked my chocolate mint. Will start my dehydrator again this morning and hopefully it will be done tonight when i get home. If i leave it on herb setting it takes forever to dry.

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Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 29 2019 :  04:31:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele, chocolate mint is so good - happy drying.

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

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

1618 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
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Posted - Jul 29 2019 :  07:07:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yum! I love chocolate mint!!!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Aug 01 2019 :  03:50:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was given bags of fresh garden veggies. Started drying tomatoes yesterday and will be drying today and tomorrow.

A grocery bag of mixed sweet & hot peppers. Washed and sliced all of them yesterday and when tomatoes are finished I will dry the peppers for mixed pepper flakes. If I had felt better I would have separated the peppers but when I am given such a bounty I have to preserve it the best way at the time. Once they are dried I can take my time whirling them in the blender.

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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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
2749 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  04:14:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
another good idea,Sara, pepper flakes. I just froze about 24 cups of green peppers. I will dry some when they are ready to pick again.

Farming in WI

Michele
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  06:17:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see lots of good tomato sauces, stews, and soups this winter in your kitchen, Michele. 24 cups of green peppers in the freezer is impressive and more ripening to dry. So happy your garden is producing.

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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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

1618 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
1618 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  06:20:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michele, do you ever use your pepper flakes in your bird feeders? I finished drying my dill and Nasturtium this week. Time to dry some basil!
Sara, I've never dried tomatoes although I've wanted to give it a try!!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  06:36:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diana, dried tomatoes are so tasty and add another level of tomato flavor to a dish. They are messy to dry so trays need to be lined with parchment paper. I ran out of parchment paper in the midst of all my drying so I used freezer paper. A good substitute but I prefer parchment paper. Thank goodness more is on the way from Amazon 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.

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

1618 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
1618 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  07:45:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have several LARGE rolls of parchment paper Sara! I use it for some many things including my art! I will remember! I can see how drying the tomatoes would enrich its flavor! Can't wait to try this one!I could have a cabinet full of yummies just like you!! :)

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

417 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
417 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  3:20:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We got mushrooms for $1.00 a pound at the local flea market, We got too much to eat right away so they went into the dehydrator. I plan on putting some in the blender when they are dried to use in soups and sauces.

Judith

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Happiness is Homemade
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  3:26:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judith, great buy on the mushrooms. I've dried them and made a powder to use in sauces. I make a slurry with the mushroom powder and a little water or broth before adding it to sauces or soups. How do you add the powder?

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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treelady
True Blue Farmgirl

1698 Posts

Julie
Medina ND
USA
1698 Posts

Posted - Aug 13 2019 :  07:56:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dried thyme yesterday and today I am drying lemon balm. Have lots of calendula I need to get picked and on the the dehydrator as well. This time of year it seems to run non-stop.

A little rain can straighten a flower stem. A little love can change a life.

Max Lucado

Edited by - treelady on Aug 13 2019 07:57:05 AM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4393 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4393 Posts

Posted - Aug 14 2019 :  08:06:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Julie, you have been busy.

I'll take my last harvest of my herbs in Sept & Oct.

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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