We decided to make an investment in the future. Not stocks and bonds, gold or silver, but in sustainability- natural, home grown food. We had a little set aside when we noticed a sale on the Excalibur 3900 plus a a temporarily discounted Preserve It Naturally book. We can pair this with our American Harvester/Nesco dehydrator to get much more of our garden and farmer's market produce dehydrated. While we still plan to do some canning, this will allow easier storage using less room and with much less labor.
Tonight we picked the Swiss Chard, stemmed and blanched it, laid it out on the trays and by tomorrow we will have our crop shelf ready for soups, stews or pasta recipes.
The Preserve It Naturally book not only has instructions for drying produce but also making bread dough ornaments, sachets, granola and fruit leathers both plain and filled with goodies. There is a section on Living and Raw foods, although I don't think I could completely stick to that diet. While looking delicious it seems essentially vegan and I am far too much of a cheese lover!
My personal favorite will be the dried fruits. I have to be careful or the next thing I know, I've eaten three apples and two peaches! Well, better than the Hershey bars we had at work last week!
Have a good evening!
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