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Zucchini and How to Prepare for Drying

 

Well folks it’s getting knee deep in zucchini around here so I am drying a lot of it for future use.  Now as you know you can’t reconstitute them and have it come out looking like a fresh vegetable because it would look like mush. So what I do is blend it with bell peppers, onions, some chili flakes and dried carrots till you can shake it out of a spice bottle.  You know the kind with holes on top you buy at the store for extra spices.  It gives salads, soups, dips and even meat a nice flavor and it cost you pennies.…

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An Easy to Make Drying Rack

About two years ago I build my wife a drying rack, she had been wanting.  She uses it to dry fruit, vegetables outdoors.  Most things will dry in a day if they are cut thin and if you have a hot dry sunny day.

With the beginning of summer she is getting ready to start drying fruits and vegetables.  Between this rack and her Excalibur she dries an amazing amount of product every year.

The rack was easy to make and once I had the materials took less than an hour.  The one I built measures 3 X 5 feet.  The materials list is shown below.…

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Scrounge Free Food

My wife is a scrounge she finds free foods all over the place.  I think she knows where every fruit tree within 10 miles is located and who owns it (slight exaggeration).  However, she does have a whole network of friends who give her fruits and vegetables all the time and she happily preserves them.  A lot of them are people she has met through church, who have similar interests.

They watch for food growing in people’s yards that are not picked and will stop by and talk to them.  Often the people are either busy or older and are happy to have someone gather their fruit for a share.…

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Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables

Yesterday I had the opportunity to pick up some packages of frozen corn.  The price was right so I got 36 packages. Now what do you do with all this frozen food, not enough room in the freezer to fit it all in.  I just got our nine tray Excalibur Dehydrator out.  All the corn that wouldn’t fit in the freezer went right into the dehydrator.  I sent it to 125 degrees and by morning, I will have a nice batch of dehydrated corn.

We have been doing this for years with various fruits and vegetables.  It seems like our dehydrator is always running. …

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