Monday, July 14, 2014

Dehydrating To Preserve the Harvest

Dwarfed Blue Curled Kale dried and powdered its great to add to smoothies


The dehydrator is running almost every day during this time of year. It's a great way to preserve fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  Herbs I pick in the morning and rinse and pat dry.  I put them in the dehydrator at the lowest setting. You can store them in ziploc bags or canning jars. I remove the leaves from the stems after they are dried.

The strawberries are sliced into a solution of water and lemon juice 4:1.  You can also use lime juice or pineapple juice.  Fruits I dry a 140 degrees.  I rotates the trays throughout the process.  When done they should still be pliable.  Strawberries are only of my favorite snacks.

Oregano

Winter Savory

Dried Strawberries are a favorite snack.

The finished product.  It's best to take the fruit off trays right when you turn off the dehydrator to prevent sticking.
Store in an air tight container.

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