Monday, May 29, 2017

Prepping Part #3 Dehydrating

Dehydrating 


Why dry food?

Things dried this year mangos, raspberries, apples, zucchini, almonds, mushrooms and bread.
If you make your own bread any leftovers can be turned into bread crumbs dried in the dehydrator something you will never have to buy again.

Something i have done quite a bit of over the last 6 or 7 years is dehydrating fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Drying out the best of the season and having it there in your pantry in the coming months means its right there at your finger tips and no need to be buying old cold stored food from the supermarket.


Buying fruit especially when its at its peek season, the prices are cheap and the produce is fresh.
So even if you dont forage, or grow anything you can still get good quality food from the green grocer.
Just keep an eye on the prices at the beginning of the season and watch the price drop.
Put away a few dollars each week so when the prices do go down you can buy extra to store.


Road side stalls and mail box food is another way of getting fresh from the farmer/ grower.
This year we have picked up Raspberries and Almonds fresh from the farm and boy do they taste great and the added bonus is your helping a grower support their family.



So keep an eye out for those signs on mail boxes and stalls you just never know what you may find.

There are also Pick Your Own Farms that you can visit and pick right from the tree, its not only a great fun day out, it teachers your kids where food comes from and you also know that its the freshest you can get.


We have not been short on fresh veg, our neighbour supplied us with soooo much zucchini over summer we are way sick of it but it makes you very creative with your recipes so it does not go to waste. Now we are onto tomatoes and beans.


Being able to share with your friends and neighbours any excess you might have is a very good thing and again adding things to your pantry that you dont grow makes it all the better.


Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl

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3 comments:

  1. Wow those raspberries look delicious. I must drag out the dehydrator and give it a try. Hubby bought it at a garage sale so I was a bit hesitant about using it but it certainly would come in handy.

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  2. Nicole are you off grid, I remember seeing a post from you about solar power? How does the dehydrator go for power in this case? BTW great to have another post from you.

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  3. thanks for popping in ladies,
    the dryer is one of my most valued appliances.
    yes we are on solar so i can only use it on sunny days and only in the spring summer months.
    later on i will do a more in-depth look at drying foods.

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