Posted on August 25, 2010 by therunninggarlic
My precious Excalibur dehydrator has been working overtime these past few days and is doing a great job! The garlic is still drying at the present and I plan to vacuum seal into small packages for winter use since I still have plenty of fresh garlic right now.
The garlic and tomatoes did wonderful this year despite the extrememly hot weather and they are two of my favorite picks in the garden.
There are still quite a number of tomatoes still ripening up on the vine along with the bountiful harvest ready for salsa. I did dehydrate a considerable amount also and I refer to them as my sun-dried tomatoes (even though they weren’t actually dried in the sun). They are excellent in pasta recipes or even sprinkled in a salad!
The tomato that I dehydrated is the Principe Borghese which states it is good for sun drying. I found it quite small and full of seeds – the smaller romas which I also dehydrated were meatier and had very little seeds. Next year we stick with the romas for drying. Two other varieties that did well were -
Illini Star tomatoes
Cherokee Purple tomatoes
Before the kids left for college I was able to dry up a ton of apples for them to snack on – they really enjoy these … and so do I!
Here’s hoping they eat healthy!!!
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Posted on January 9, 2010 by therunninggarlic
I dried some cantaloupe the other day and was planning on making a trail mix with the cubed dried fruit but I have changed my mind. Since I have been paying attention to what I put in my mouth and tracking my nutrition and fitness activity daily I have been sidestepping the chips and cookies (since I realized they are useless calories) and instead have been taking a handful of the dried cantaloupe and munching on that and I am lovin’ it!!! The dried apple is really good too – it’s like a new discovery here. I have been drying fruit for a while now and usually leave it for the kids to munch on, but now I look forward to snacking on it!
Dried apple & cantaloupe
I also picked up this Sharp Cheddar seasoning to add to popcorn for another healthy snack and it is actually very good. Just 1/2 teaspoon is only 5 calories and that pretty much covered a whole pan. I am sure you can more if you want, but I was fine with 1/2 teaspoon!
Now for lunch the past 2 days I enjoyed this Asian Chicken Salad. The recipe I found on Spark People and it is healthy and low calorie … way to go! A little preparation ahead of time and I am very happy with what I am eating.
For dinner we made Pork Stir fry ….. healthy, healthy and enjoyable once again!
Pork stir fry
Marinate 1 lb. of pork loin, cut in 1/2″ cubes with 3-4 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root and 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce overnight in the refrigerator. We found using a plastic bag made it easy to swoosh the food and marinade around for good coverage – do this every couple of hours or so. Next day prepare your vegetables – we used bean sprouts, snap peas, cabbage, red bell pepper, zucchini and onion. Keep the vegetables separate and add them each to a skillet to cook – longest to cook, cook first. Meat —>onion, pepper —>peas, cabbage —>zucchini, bean sprouts. Add 2 cups of water with 2 chicken bouillon cubes and 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Let cook for 2-3 minutes and serve over brown rice.
Puppy Billie seems to rule the roost here … that didn’t take long!
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Posted on December 6, 2009 by therunninggarlic
I grew Broomcorn this past summer and it’s a really neat plant to use in crafts. It can stand alone in a vase or with other dried flowers as a nice decoration or you can use it in making wreaths or swags and I even attempted to make a broom with some of my harvest! A good broom takes a lot of stalks … I believe I read 60-80 for a nice broom; I used more like 20 so it was sparse and more a decoration item.
Broomcorn in vase
This past week I wanted to create a decoration using some dried fruit I had recently dehydrated and I thought the broomcorn would make a great base for the project. I love my Excalibur dehydrator and you can read more about how I use it on a regular basis at a previous post I wrote if you are interested in owning one yourself. Like I said I Love mine!!
I sliced lemons, oranges and apples and added them to the dehydrator. I gathered some cinnamon sticks, pinecones, a few red bows and, of course, the glue gun!
Pinecone wired to stalks
Closeup of glued fruit
I assembled this in about 20 minutes – so fast and easy! I will probably make a few more smaller versions and add them to the top of wrapped gifts this year – will add a nice touch!
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