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Using It All: MYO Tomato Powder

by Tammy Taylor
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Recently I had a large quantity of tomatoes to preserve so I first made quite a bit of tomato sauce with them, then I turned much of that tomato sauce into pasta sauce  which I subsequently canned so we can enjoy it all summer long.  I’ve gotten quite a bit of mileage from those tomatoes already but am I through with them yet?  Hummmm…  In the process of making my sauce I removed most of the seeds and tossed them into my compost before I even cooked the tomatoes down.  When the tomatoes were cooked I put them into my jelly-sieve ’cause, you know, that’s what I had handy.  I used that sieve to separate the cooked tomatoes from the skins so I would have smoother sauce.  Now I read somewhere that instead of throwing them away you can dehydrate the skins and grind them into powder to use to thicken soups or make your own tomato paste.  Oh yeah, I’m *SO* gonna do that!

Instead of throwing away tomato skins, dehydrate & ground them into powder to use to thicken soups or make your own tomato paste. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Cabbage

by Tammy Taylor

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Early spring is a great time to pick up cabbage, and I came by quite a bit of cabbage this year.  Cabbage keeps reasonably well in the fridge and of course if you make sauerkraut  you can preserve it for longer, but I don’t care for sauerkraut.  So I cooked with this fresh cabbage for quite a few nights by sauteing onions in a small amount of olive oil and then cooking cabbage sliced into strips until crunchy-tender.  It was delicious.  But you know even if something is delicious you can only force serve it to your family for supper for so long before there’s a rebellion in the household.  I found that I really liked the taste of cabbage dropped into my endless soup and I used some each week there for a while as well, but now the time had come to preserve it for longer term.

Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Cabbage Is An Easy Way To Preserve! #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Bell Peppers

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve planted many bell pepper plants in my garden this year.  But it’s still too early in the season for them to be producing.  So I stumbled upon a great deal on bell peppers at the store recently.  Yeah, I mean like 15 peppers for $0.99 kinda great deal!  After I fainted and before I could catch a breath I grabbed up about 5 of them.  Oh I suppose I could have grabbed more but I only wanted to buy what we would use.

Other than stuffed peppers (which RancherMan absolutely LOVES) I tend to go light on bell peppers since he doesn’t really care for the taste of them.  Once I got home I found that I still had stuffed bell peppers in the freezer.  Maybe I can just freeze them to use as an ingredient in my cooking?  Hummm… my freezer room is pretty tight so there’s no room to chop & freeze them for later.  What to do?  I know – I’ll dehydrate them!

DEHYDRATING BELL PEPPERS - They Take Up VERY Little Room & Are Easy To Use For Cooking! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Using Dehydrated Apples In Granola

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve really been on a roll this year with my dehydrator.  I’ve dehydrated carrots & potatoes, celery and squash, green beans & tomatoes along with many more veggies.  Recently I fell upon a great deal on apples and I picked up about 10 lbs of sweet red ones.   RancherMan doesn’t eat many apples and although I love to eat them raw there’s no way I can consume that many apples before they go bad.  So I set out to preserve them.

I Used My Dehydrator And An Abundance Of Apples To Find An Alternative To Something Purchased. See How I Used Them! #TaylorMadeRanch

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Fairy Godmother For Ugly Carrots

by Tammy Taylor

Have you ever noticed when you go into the store that there are rows & rows of identical produce, all perfectly shaped & sized.  But if you grow a garden or stroll through a farmer’s market you’ll realize that perfect produce is just a fairy tale.  Real produce has variation in sizes and colors.  Some produce isn’t very pretty so the stores (and even some farmer’s market vendors) don’t like to sell it due to consumer-perceived imperfections.  Such a sad waste!  But I’m here to tell you that the fairy tale has a happy ending when I play fairy godmother.

Don't Waste Food! Produce doesn't have to be beautiful to be delicious. See how I play fairy godmother to some less-than-beautiful UGLY carrots. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homemade Dehydrated Veggie Granules

by Tammy Taylor

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Last season I was trying to preserve as much garden excess as I could.  I hated for any of it to go to waste so we ate fresh from the garden every day, then I shared with family, friends & community, then I preserved as much as I could either by freezing, canning or dehydrating.

I guess I was bitten by the dehydrating bug because the more I dehydrated those veggies the more enamored I became with the whole process.  I was amazed at the small amount of space my dehydrated shredded potatoes took up in the pantry.  I loved my dehydrated jujubes sprinkled in my homemade granola.  I really enjoyed tossing dehydrated garden veggies into my never-ending soup.  But now I’m experimenting with yet another way to use them – salt-free veggie granules.  OH YEAH!

Dehydrated Vegetable Granules made into bouillon utilize garden produce & provide a delicious, nutritious product for my family. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Dehydrated Potatoes Into Hash Browns

by Tammy Taylor

This year I’ve had so much fun dehydrating fruits and veggies.  I dehydrated several pounds of potatoes and found that when they were fully dehydrated they take up very little space – I was able to store them in very small containers.  And of course since they’re dehydrated they’re going to last much longer than a bag of potatoes would.  So it’s great for keeping your fresh produce from going to waste before it can be eaten.  But today I decided to enjoy some of those dehydrated shredded potatoes with breakfast.  I want to make hash browns for RancherMan & me!  We have plenty of eggs since our pastured flock is still laying great right now, lots of fresh homemade bread for toast, and even some delicious pear preserves I canned recently.  Sounds like a great breakfast to me!

I've had fun dehydrating fruits & veggies all year. Today I'm using shredded dehydrated potatoes to make hash browns. SO EASY! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Endless Soup for Warm Nutrition

by Tammy Taylor

Around the Taylor household, breakfast is usually very light – for me it often involves homemade yogurt sweetened with honey & berries.  Lunch is also very informal and really only for our sustenance. (the only planned recipe eat-together meal we have is our evening supper.) Typically for summertime lunches RancherMan & I usually just grab a quick sandwich of some kind but in the wintertime I hunger for something a little more substantial, and something hot.  I enjoy soups in the winter and this year I’ve been a crazy dehydrating fool so I’ve got all kinds of dehydrated veggies from the garden to nourish us – onions, squash, cabbage, carrots, potatoes & green beans among others.  And I also have lots of dehydrated herbs from my garden like thyme, sage and oregano.  So putting this soup together is fun, but the really fun part is – this is perpetual soup!

My Endless Soup Makes Hot Nutritious Inexpensive Homemade Soup Lunches For A Week! #TaylorMadeHomestead
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Preserving The Bounty: Dehydrating Celery

by Tammy Taylor

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I use celery from time to time when I’m cooking but it’s always just an ingredient and never the main event in my kitchen.  RancherMan only tolerates a little celery taste so it’s often an ingredient I buy, use a little and place the rest of the bunch back in the refrigerator hoping to use it all before it goes bad.  Let’s be honest here – sometimes I’m successful but oftentimes I’m not!  One of the ways I use celery most often is that I like to add chopped celery in my chicken salad spread – but certainly not an entire bunch! So here’s what I did to make sure it was used or preserved before it went bad:

Celery Gallery #TaylorMadeRanchPhoto by: Ashley Ashley
(because heaven knows *I* can’t make a photograph of a bunch of celery look like it belongs in an art studio!)

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Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Potatoes

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve been on a dehydrating kick this year & I love it. Recently I acquired a large quantity of potatoes and went on a mission to figure out how to preserve them all.  In the past I have preserved potatoes by cooking, mashing and freezing them so this time I think I’ll try dehydrating them.  I know that potatoes will turn black if they are not cooked before they’re dehydrated so I washed the potatoes and then pricked the skin in several places on each potato, then stacked them tightly in my black enameled covered pan.

Dehydrating Potatoes. You can buy a huge bag of potatoes dirt cheap, how do you preserve them before they all go bad? Dehydrate them! See how we did it. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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