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Post by Boobiejmama on 15th October 2013, 1:21 pm

I am just experimenting with water kefir fermented vegetables, has anyone else done this?

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Post by Dandelion on 17th October 2013, 4:37 pm

oooh, what's that?

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Post by freebird on 1st November 2014, 8:38 pm

Well I haven't been preserving anything today, but unpreserving. One of the things I had dried in the dehydrator was apple rings, and just never seem to get around to using them. So the day before yesterday I put some to soak, then cooked them yesterday for an apple pie. They went to mush (very tasty mush, I might add), so yesterday I soaked some more, and today made apple pie. Didn't cook them first - just chopped and put straight in the pastry case, layered with sweetener and cinnamon. We've just eaten the pie and it was gooood.

It's the first time I've done anything with the fruit I dried, apart from just eat it dried, and was pretty pleased with the result.
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Post by freebird on 20th March 2015, 8:07 pm

More unpreserving this evening. Found I hadn't any tomatoes for tonight's dinner (a sort of stir-fry that gets simmered for 15 mins at the end), then remembered that I dried some year before last and never used them.

Just soaked them a little in hot water while other things being stir-fried, then dropped them in the liquid for the last 15 mins. Terrific flavour - a really intense hit amongst the other veg and spices.
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Post by FloBear on 20th March 2015, 10:23 pm

Sounds deliciously interesting! Not sure that I ever get enough 'spare' produce to dry -though I did have a lot of apples last year. Depends how much a dehydrator costs, I suppose.
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Post by Chilli-head on 23rd March 2015, 2:29 pm

FloBear wrote:Depends how much a dehydrator costs, I suppose.

We have had a few mentions of DIY solar dehydrators  in the past:

http://forum.homemadelife.com/t716-diy-solar-projects
http://forum.homemadelife.com/t564-build-a-solar-food-dehydrator

I have been very tempted to make a simple one - an inclined black surface with a glass lid over it to heat air and make it flow through a drying cabinet.  I have not, because I can think of one major limitation - all the stuff I'd want to dry is not ready for harvest until the summer sun is on the wane.

Same thoughts about solar cooking - great way to do a very slow casserole, but would I want to make one in the middle of summer ?
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Post by Ploshkin on 28th August 2016, 5:58 pm

Well, I've had 2 days of jamming, jellying and drying mainly to use up stuff from the freezers to make room for our own beef which will be ready in 3 weeks. I've made raspberry jam, loganberry jam, blackcurrant jam, redcurrant jelly and raspberry puree.
Also, after a lot of prevaricating I've bought a dehydrator as, with the polytunnel, I seem to have a lot more produce than usual. I'm experimenting and so far I've dried courgettes, cherry tomatoes, parsley and coriander leaves.
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Post by freebird on 28th August 2016, 6:40 pm

I have a dehydrator too, Ploshkin. Although I'm not growing loads this year, it's been busy mainly with courgettes and chillies. Did some overripe bananas last night.

Think I'm going to be drying peppers for the first time this year. I'm normally pleased if I get 3 off a plant, but I've counted 18 in various stages of development just on one plant.
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Post by Ploshkin on 12th October 2016, 3:53 pm

I'm nearly all preserved out. I've done a big batch of mustard pickle with courgettes and Mr Fearns beans that had gone a bit big (I had to buy a cauliflower as you can't have mustard pickle without it), I've done red tomato chutney (that's just showing off as I've never had enough big red tomatoes to pickle before) and I've done plum/ damson and russet mincemeat containing a dollop of my ancient sloe gin. I think I will boil up the chilli jam again as it is a bit syrupy and then that will be me done for the year.
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Post by Dandelion on 12th October 2016, 10:04 pm

That plum damson and russet mincemeat sounds delicious!

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Post by Chilli-head on 17th October 2016, 9:54 am

Chillies ! I spent Sunday morning picking chillies, and threading the cayennes into a ristra which is hanging over the kitchen radiator. Also dotted around in warm spots about the house are my Ancho and Mulato chillies. I'll collect them together on a wire rack in front of the stove when I next have it going.

Still left are Red Savinas, which will be best chopped and frozen to scatter into dishes as required, and some jalapenos to smoke. Thet just leaves the surplus of ohnivec, which I'm doing my best to eat my way through.
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