Preserving garden produce by means of canning is an excellent way to enjoy your garden during the cold winter months. Along with this, another way to keep summer harvest coming is by dehydrating. Here is a Post from a few months back showing my dehydrator doing a wonderful job drying garlic and tomatoes. Now as a thick layer of snow covers the ground I can still enjoy the summer harvest!
Dried garlic, tomatoes and cayenne peppers – the peppers I simply let air dry and they can also be used in your crafty floral decorating. The tomatoes are excellent and have a sweet flavor. Having these ingredients within easy reach makes meal planning a little easier and quite a bit tastier! I would definitely recommend an Excalibur Dehydrator for gift giving this Christmas or add to your own wish list. Mine has paid for itself many times and is still cranking away drying more Chet’s Italian garlic which I will have listed in my shop selling in individual 2 oz. packettes some time this week.
I spotted this Spaghetti Bread recipe in an old recipe book, made some revisions and decided to bake up a loaf since I have the dried garlic and tomatoes ready for a recipe. The dried garlic can easily be ground up in a blender (for coarse pieces) or a coffee grinder will powder the garlic for your own homemade garlic powder. The bread does call for spaghetti as one of the actual ingredients so even though it sounds somewhat off the wall it actually tasted pretty good. The dried tomatoes added the perfect taste. A nice side bowl of marinara sauce for dipping and you have a totally unique appetizer, meal or even a gift!