Wednesday, October 5, 2011
All Dried Up and Ready to Go
What a pretty collection, wouldn't you say? My dehydrator has been running overtime as the garden winds down it's daily offerings and we discover great deals at the produce market. The largest container holds almost 20 lbs (in its original form) of dried potato slices, great for au gratin casseroles. The next largest displays pretty orange slices, all their ultra sweetness concentrated during drying. We have zucchini plain and seasoned, cucumbers and a little bit of okra for future gumbos.
Apples sit atop a container of translucent tomato wheels spotted with pretty little seeds. Good for snacks or to pop into baked dishes. The apples are amazing, almost as if they are sour candies tempered with sugary goodness.
The rainbow of peppery colors jumps out in visual delight. This must be my favorite container, all festive and most likely knowing it is the most beautiful. Thank goodness they don't have personalities, it would probably be very high maintenance. Perhaps a super model!
I tested dehydrating radishes with great success. I am thinking about grinding them into powder to use as seasoning for various dishes. It should add a certain zing that no one expects.
The taller containers were purchased from Wal-Mart and have a screw type lid plus indentations on the sides which make them easier to hold. The smaller containers are technically cool but I am leery. The lids seal with a flip of the clear plastic handle on the top which internally pushes out the bottom, squeezing the rubber gasket into place. They are NOT watertight, and as it turns out, becomes a problem with washing. Liquid gets inside the top and slowly, VERY slowly, dries out. I had to remove the gaskets and leave everything apart for several days pumping the handles occasionally to squeeze water out. Still, I saw a water drop or two.
This is a problem for dehydrated food and anything else that you might store in these such as grains. These are Better Housekeeping containers too. I had faith, but not any longer. As pretty and stackable as they are, I won't be purchasing these again. I can't leave them to dry for a week at a time. The screw top containers will probably be my container of choice.