PRESERVATION HELPER

A friend of ours gave us this barely used electric dryer. Thanks so much A!

I know, I know.  I’m not one for gizmos that plug into wall sockets, but I’m a sucker for anything that has anything to do with homesteading.  Even though it’s no solar dryer, I can say that this electric dryer will be powered by the sun – thanks to our 12 solar panels.

So what will I be drying?  Figs, eggplant and peppers for starters.

Holding Our Breath

Our second flush of tomatoes aren’t quite ripe yet.

We are praying and hoping for a decent late summer, early fall harvest. Otherwise I may have to raid a local farmstand for their overripe tomatoes.

Comments(12)

  1. Sue says:

    Sounds cool, let us know how it works.

  2. Sue says:

    Sounds cool, let us know how it works.

  3. Angela says:

    I wish that you and your dryer were here — there are apples everywhere. We don’t have apple trees yet, but when I walk down the street the trees are heavy with them and the ground is covered!

  4. Angela says:

    I wish that you and your dryer were here — there are apples everywhere. We don’t have apple trees yet, but when I walk down the street the trees are heavy with them and the ground is covered!

  5. Devin Quince says:

    I know the feeling on the tomatoes. We have had 3 weeks of hot weather finally and then bam, after labor day, the temps plummeted again.

  6. Devin Quince says:

    I know the feeling on the tomatoes. We have had 3 weeks of hot weather finally and then bam, after labor day, the temps plummeted again.

  7. Luvnschooln says:

    Angela,
    Maybe someone you know has one you can borrow. Also, keep your eye out at yard sales and save your pennies to buy one at the end of the season when they’re on sale. It is SO wonderful to have a dehydrator.

    Dried apples are yummy. For added flavor you can sprinkle them with cinnamon before drying – kids tend to like them better this way. I like them plain just fine!

    My FAVORITE dried fruit is pears – my kids gobble them up like candy (I have to put them downstairs in my food storage until there’s no fresh fruit on the trees and so they’ll last). In fact, with this cooler weather, we were able to go out yesterday and pick 3 more boxes just for drying (our dear neighbor lets us pick from his orchard after harvest). Usually the weather is so hot that the fruit’s dropped from the tree by now.

    Blessings,
    Luvnschooln

  8. Luvnschooln says:

    Angela,
    Maybe someone you know has one you can borrow. Also, keep your eye out at yard sales and save your pennies to buy one at the end of the season when they’re on sale. It is SO wonderful to have a dehydrator.

    Dried apples are yummy. For added flavor you can sprinkle them with cinnamon before drying – kids tend to like them better this way. I like them plain just fine!

    My FAVORITE dried fruit is pears – my kids gobble them up like candy (I have to put them downstairs in my food storage until there’s no fresh fruit on the trees and so they’ll last). In fact, with this cooler weather, we were able to go out yesterday and pick 3 more boxes just for drying (our dear neighbor lets us pick from his orchard after harvest). Usually the weather is so hot that the fruit’s dropped from the tree by now.

    Blessings,
    Luvnschooln

  9. Joy says:

    Hi Anais,

    I have that exact dehydrator and have been using it pretty much non-stop since I bought it in the spring. Seems to be a pretty good one. I have dehydrated fruit roll-ups, peas, celery, corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, herbs, grated carrots, and grated zuchinni (all home grown or locally grown). I plan to use most of the dehydrated veggies in the wintertime for soups.

    I also found some neat recipes on the web for making snacks like taco chips. Very tasty!

    I bought some extra plastic screens for the dehydrator as I am finding I use them on every tray when I dehydrate. They are especially useful when dehydrating grated or small produce.

    Good luck with your drying efforts!

    Joy from Up-North

  10. Joy says:

    Hi Anais,

    I have that exact dehydrator and have been using it pretty much non-stop since I bought it in the spring. Seems to be a pretty good one. I have dehydrated fruit roll-ups, peas, celery, corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, herbs, grated carrots, and grated zuchinni (all home grown or locally grown). I plan to use most of the dehydrated veggies in the wintertime for soups.

    I also found some neat recipes on the web for making snacks like taco chips. Very tasty!

    I bought some extra plastic screens for the dehydrator as I am finding I use them on every tray when I dehydrate. They are especially useful when dehydrating grated or small produce.

    Good luck with your drying efforts!

    Joy from Up-North

  11. KK says:

    I find the electric dehydrators very reliable….When the abundance is too much, I also try using an outdoor home-made solar dehydrator…which works, but the results aren’t as even as the electric ones, and require more fiddling with. I own two electric ones, and they have been put to good use lately drying apples, figs and nectarines. Dip your fruits in a little lemon juice, and then dehydrate. It not only enhances the flavors, but helps keep freezer burn off the fruit, and the quality lasts a long time. Try it.

  12. KK says:

    I find the electric dehydrators very reliable….When the abundance is too much, I also try using an outdoor home-made solar dehydrator…which works, but the results aren’t as even as the electric ones, and require more fiddling with. I own two electric ones, and they have been put to good use lately drying apples, figs and nectarines. Dip your fruits in a little lemon juice, and then dehydrate. It not only enhances the flavors, but helps keep freezer burn off the fruit, and the quality lasts a long time. Try it.

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