1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #45 on: June 23, 2014, 10:16 »
Now as a herb numpty I may just have to try this, once dried could you blitz and turn into mint sauce.

I don't see why not  :)

I crumble mine up to store and then use in salad dressings, Indian style yogurt based side dishes and pilafs over the winter.  It reabsorbs liquid very quickly, so I don't bother to soak it.  I just chuck it in with whatever liquid is going in the dish, or even just with watery veg like chopped cucumber or tomatoes  :)

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #46 on: June 23, 2014, 11:18 »
Now got all 5 trays on mine drying mint at a cool 35 degrees.  Its hard to taste the difference with some herbs between home dried and decent quality shop bought, but home dried mint is just a 'must have' for me now  :)

I've done loads and chopped the plant down to get a second flush to dry as I ran out last winter  :ohmy:  That was with a whole preserving jar full as well  ::)

Am going to have to try this too - just bought some new plants this weekend.  How much do I love this forum... :D !

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #47 on: June 23, 2014, 21:23 »
I could do the same with tarragon.
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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #48 on: June 24, 2014, 21:13 »
1.5kg strawberries in the dehydrator...smells good!

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #49 on: June 24, 2014, 22:04 »
Wow

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #50 on: June 25, 2014, 06:58 »
1.5kg strawberries in the dehydrator...smells good!

Mmmmmmmmm I love the way drying strawberries makes the house smell  :D

Oregano in mine at the moment  :) 

I've cut the plant back as it was very tall and starting to flop, so the whole stalks have gone in and I'm going to strip the leaves off once they are dry.  This seemed easier than trying to pick up tiny dried leaves  ;)

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #51 on: June 25, 2014, 07:09 »
Strawbs dry down to nearly nothing, don't they?! It's a good job I have loads. They are really tasty. Though I am having to swap the trays about a bit to get them to dry evenly.

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #52 on: June 25, 2014, 07:58 »
The juicier the fruit, the more it shrinks down, so it just means your crop was extra good  ;)  They are concentrated little slices of flavour when done though and a real ray of sunshine in the middle of winter when shop bought strawberries are tasteless.

I swap trays about as well.  Only once or twice during the drying process, but it helps everything be ready together.

You need to try tomato slices when your homegrown ones are ready.  Now those are 'munch straight out of the jar' good, especially if sprinkled with herbs before drying  :D

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #53 on: June 25, 2014, 10:03 »
Mine arrived late last night, all I've got ready at the moment are raspberries.
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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #54 on: June 25, 2014, 10:10 »
Has anyone done blackberries? Would the pips be an issue? Our site will have a bumper crop of these this year by the looks of the blossom.

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #55 on: June 25, 2014, 16:43 »
I did blackberries last year and then stewed them with apple later in the year, they were lovely
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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #56 on: June 25, 2014, 18:09 »
I desperately want to do some onion before we lose the odds and sods, but OH is not keen on the house stinking of onion when we have our first guests. Can't say I blame him. Had to freeze some instead but they still pong even when treble bagged!

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #57 on: June 25, 2014, 18:16 »
I desperately want to do some onion before we lose the odds and sods, but OH is not keen on the house stinking of onion when we have our first guests. Can't say I blame him. Had to freeze some instead but they still pong even when treble bagged!

Could you do it outside or in a shed somewhere?

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #58 on: June 25, 2014, 18:22 »
Ordinarily yes, the sun would do the job (no electricity in the outhouses) but we are having freaky stormy weather and we can't even get on the land so things are starting to rot. A lot of people have died (at least 16) and been made homeless in Bulgaria...which is mad when there are hundreds of empty houses in all the villages, due to flooding. 25% of crops have been lost. So I shouldn't moan about such a small thing, we have been lucky.

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #59 on: June 25, 2014, 22:05 »
I've made blackberry and apple fruit leathers just press through a sieve.


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