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the cow jumped over the moon


The fermenting is going well.  The pickles are done - but then I remembered I don't like fermented pickles all that much, I prefer vinegar ones. But they'll get eaten up.


The beet kvass is excellent!  I gave a few of the leftover beets to Sephora as a treat here and there, and she liked them. That dog loves her veggies.


The sauerkraut is still hidden away in the pantry.  I'll wait at least another week before I try it.

Trying to keep a positive spin on things - some aspects of this world are crushing my spirit, and given that my husband is away, that doesn't help either.

Had a lovely dinner with P and M on Sunday night.  I'm looking after their cat and garden for a couple of days.

Yesterday it rained nearly the entire day.  We needed the rain, but I got soaked to the bone twice - once on my way to work (coming home from work, a friend drove me home and then my boss brought my bike home for me - wasn't that nice of them?), and then again heading out to check on P and M's cat and garden in the evening.  Have to say, though, in all these months of riding my bike everywhere, I have only been in downpours three times.   I need wipers on my glasses!

Denise is coming over today!!!!!

Nearly two years ago, Denise took me with her to see the Dalai Lama 
speak in Virginia for my birthday present.
Here we are, surrounded by her VA friends (We're in the middle)

the cucumber pickle from dehydrated cucumber experiment

I really don't know why I dehydrated cucumber.  And probably will never again.  Zucchini on the other hand - well, I just toss it into stews and it works great.

the cucumber pickle from dehydrated cucumber experiment

What I did was make some pickle brine (from a tested recipe), and then put the dried cucumbers in the pot and heated it all up together.

the cucumber pickle from dehydrated cucumber experiment
dehydrated cukes in bowl - not in the pot o' brine yet

After the jar had cooled a bit on the counter, I popped it into the fridge.  Refrigerator-type pickles.

A few weeks later, I tasted the pickles.  Oh my, they are really really really sour. Maybe I'll use them in a relish or something.

the cucumber pickle from dehydrated cucumber experiment

The cucumbers seemed to re-hydrate okay.  But next time, if there is a next time, I'm going to use a bread-n-butter brine recipe.

using preserved veg in Moroccan Lentil stew

This recipe is one of our crock pot favorites.

So today, I used some of the dehydrated potatoes, dehydrated pumpkin (in lieu of the butternut squash that the recipe calls for), frozen cherry-type tomatoes, and frozen zucchini.   All but the potatoes were from either our home garden or the community garden.

using preserved veg in Moroccan Lentil stew

Put it all together along with the rest of the recipe ingredients, and added a turnip, and turned on the crock pot.

Yum!!  The only thing I'll do differently next time I use frozen and dehydrated ingredients is to use more tomatoes.  I only used four cups, but since these cherry-type tomatoes were frozen whole, I didn't realize how they'd cook down.

using preserved veg in Moroccan Lentil stew

EDIT:  Oh shoot, I forgot the green beans!  Will put them in now, but no photo of that!

Where did the week go?

I cannot believe it is Thursday night already.  Wow.

Here's a photo of the apple-pineapple-brown sugar zucchini candy. As you can see, the color is much richer.  The taste is just about the same as the other batches I have made (i.e., delicious).  I gave most of this to my friend who donated the zucchini.  She was very happy!

Where did the week go?

Another friend took me along with her yesterday to go to thrift stores and orchards.  I picked up some seconds of apples, some not-quite-ripe pears, and some plums.  Right now I have a bunch of apple slices and two plums in the dehydrator.  Cannot wait to see how they come out!

I'm marinating another batch of eggplant for jerky.  This time I was able to find "Liquid Smoke" and added some to the marinade.  Will put eggplant in the dehydrator once the fruit comes out.

Here's a little card I made for my nephew.  It was late because I couldn't think of something boy-ish. But I think this is okay.  Permanent marker and watercolors.

Where did the week go?

apple-pineapple zucchini candy

I did think I was done with making zucchini candy, but a dear friend brought over two large zucchinis so I'm making up another batch.

Because I was running out of pineapple juice, I used some apple juice too, and instead of white sugar (which I have depleted in other zucchini candy making projects) I used brown sugar.

apple-pineapple zucchini candy

I have been thinking about food waste a lot recently.  Mostly due to the fact that there is so much producing from the two gardens - the one at home, and our 'allotment' at a local community garden.  And after seeing the movie "Dive" which was recommended to me by my son  (thank you J!)

Calling around today, to find out if it is possible to get certified here in Ohio to be a Food Safety/Preservation specialist.  The answer is no - but the good folks at the Extension office are attempting to get something legit by next year.

What I would like to do is 1) teach people how to preserve and 2) give away all extra preserved food.  But I would not be able to give it away as it is 'illegal.'    I still need to do more research on this topic - the whys especially.

In the meantime, I'm off to do more of my personal preserving - have some eggplant to jerky, and tomatoes to make into jam.

chili sauce

Last night, I used Mrs. Wages Chili base seasoning mix, and a bunch of various tomatoes from our two gardens and ended up with four and a half pints of sauce.  Before we added the Mrs. Wages package to the cooking tomatoes, the tomato sauce was pinkish because I had a bunch of yellow tomatoes in there, too.  It sure didn't look that appetizing.   But the finished product looks good!

chili sauce

We're using the open half pint tonight - my husband is cooking up some pasta, and we added red lentils to the chili sauce.  With some salad on the side, sounds like a good dinner to me!

Went to the allotment and picked more tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers and basil.  Unfortunately the basil is overgrown and bitter, so we composted it.

zucchini 'candy' (for the dehydrator)

I was a little bit hesitant to try this as the original recipe called for a lot of sugar.  So here's the original recipe:

Zucchini Candy

10 cups peeled diced zucchini 1/2 inch cubes ( I use "worms" about 3 inches long and 1/12 inch thick and wide.
3 cups water
2 pkgs. unsweetened Koolaid
2 1/2 cups sugar

Peel zucchini, diced, removing seeds. Mix the liquid syrup together. Add zucchini. Bring to
a boil and them simmer for 25 min. Drain. Put on dehydrator trays. Dry 14
hours at 125 degrees. Turn pieces over and dry another 4 hours. This will
feel dry and not sticky when done. Store in jars or other tightly sealed
containers.If you dip in sugar when you turn them, they will be more like
"gum drops" on the outside.

You can do the same thing with the zucchini
but use 48 oz. pineapple juice
2 T. pineapple extract
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

So what I did was this - I peeled and diced/sliced the zucchini and made sure not to include the middle seedy part of the vegetable.

Then I put it all in a pot. I think I had about 6 cups of zucchini.   I took some store-bought pineapple juice and poured it over the zucchini in the pot.  I used about half a bottle, but basically I wanted enough juice so that the zucchini would simmer in it but not too much juice that it would be wasted. I didn't cover the zukes in juice, if that helps you visualize it.  I should have taken a photo.  Sorry!  Then  I added one cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice.  I simmered the zucchini in the pineapple juice/sugar/lemon juice syrup for 25 minutes.

Then I drained the zucchini (there was very little syrup left - I heard that you can save that syrup for another batch but because there was so little left, I just tossed it down the sink) and put it in my dehydrator.

EDIT:  Then I followed the original directions for dehydrating them (which is 14 hours at 125 degrees, turn them over and then another 4 hours or so)

Because they're still a little sticky (like gummy worms) I coated them with a tiny bit of sugar.

zucchini 'candy' (for the dehydrator)

And boy oh boy are they good!!!  Seriously good.  Do try it.
updateswhole lotta fermenting going onthe cucumber pickle from dehydrated cucumber experimentusing preserved veg in Moroccan Lentil stewWhere did the week go?apple-pineapple zucchini candydehydrated yellow tomatoes and more zucchini candychili saucezucchini 'candy' (for the dehydrator)more zucchini in the dehydrator..boy I hope this stuff stays good until winter!

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