The gardens are looking so good! I thought I would share some pictures with you.
I have lots of chard, spinach and lettuces. Salads are so yummy at this time of year, there is always something new to add.
I have also been dehydrating some of the chard, spinach and beet tops. I also have been thinning the carrots and then dehydrating the carrot tops. I had 3 dehydrators full of produce.
I fill the trays with produce, set the temperature to 135 or 140 and turn it on. It takes only about 4-5 hours to dehydrate the leaves. You know its done when the leaves are papery and crumble easily.
Once it was dried, I put it into the blender to powder it. I now have a nice jar half full of chard, spinach, beet and carrot powder that I can add to soups, egg dishes, potatoes, casseroles. A real space saver!
I will have to start dehydrating some of the herbs that are ready next. If you are interested in trying dehydrating your produce, here are a couple of resources I use; The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, by Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff and September Ferguson. They also have a website Dehydrate2Store.com. The other book I use is Food Drying With an Attitude, by Mary T. Bell.
How is your garden doing?? What are some of the yummy things you are getting out of it?? Have you tried dehydrating foods? Tell me about it.