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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Nov 13 2019 :  11:56:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2019 :  2:22:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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?
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2019 :  2:33:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara -- I put mine in the freezer

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5540 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Nov 15 2019 :  2:37:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Nov 18 2019 :  6:35:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the suggestions!

Today, a couple of tablespoons of chopped parsley.
I chopped more than my recipe called for.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2019 :  06:39:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Nov 20 2019 :  01:13:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 20 2019 :  02:35:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Nov 21 2019 :  07:48:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 21 2019 :  08:08:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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?

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Nov 24 2019 :  10:39:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 24 2019 :  11:51:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
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Posted - Nov 27 2019 :  10:21:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And zero cost as you donít use a lid to seal.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 27 2019 :  11:10:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never thought about the savings of reusing lids.

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

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Nov 28 2019 :  04:48:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!!

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Nov 28 2019 :  05:15:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 01 2019 :  1:16:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Dec 01 2019 :  3:14:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
keeping it hot in the yellow rose cottage!! woo hoo. enjoy

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 05 2019 :  09:01:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2019 :  07:38:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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
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Posted - Dec 08 2019 :  02:02:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
good luck with the cabbage, I hope you like it.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 08 2019 :  05:54:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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
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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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 08 2019 :  2:04:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

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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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Dec 10 2019 :  5:27:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
5540 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2019 :  08:33:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying two bunches of collard greens today and maybe tomorrow. Greens are on sale this week. Southern and Texas New Year's Day tradition calls for eating black-eyed peas for luck and greens for folding money. Some people also eat carrots for gold.

Black-eyed peas are not one of my favorite things to eat so I bought a can that was also on sale. I figure having them one time a year won't hurt me. What I don't eat Annie will - bless her doggy heart she will eat anything.

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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