This time of year, many gardens and kitchen counters are filled with extra zucchini. I’m still short of rain, so my zucchini plants are only puttering along, but luckily my friends have been more than willing to share their bounty of overgrown zucchinis. Last week I processed a small mountain of large zucchini, and my Facebook friends were asking what the heck I was going to do with them. So here’s my not-so-secret method for using up large amounts of zucchini quickly and easily. [Read more…]
During harvest season, my dehydrator lives on my kitchen counter. Herbs, greens, fruits, veggies – everything get dried and neatly tucked away for use year round. I love how little space dried foods take up, and that they don’t require electricity for storage. This post covers basic instructions for vegetable dehydrating, to help you preserve “the good stuff” from your garden or farmers market.
Vegetable Dehydrating Basics
Want an easy way to store and preserve food? Need a food storage method that doesn’t take up much space and requires very little equipment? Want to make healthier snacks for your family to enjoy at home or on the go? Looking for portable food for camping or backpacking? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should learn about home food drying.
What Equipment Do I Need to Dehydrate Food at Home? [Read more…]
Cookies for breakfast? You bet! I’m not talking about a certain boxed cereal with fluffy little bits that leave you hungry an hour later, I’m talking about chewy, crunchy go anywhere granola cookies with all the stuff you want and none of the stuff you don’t. These easy granola cookies can be gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats (oats do not naturally contain gluten, but can be cross contaminated). They are also casein free (when the oats are soaked with vinegar) and soy free. [Read more…]
You can enjoy home grown onions for months after the growing season has finished with just a little extra time and effort. In this post we’ll cover onion harvest, curing onions, and several different onion storage methods.
Which Onions are Best for Storage?
I usually grow onions from onion sets (the little mini onion bulbs). Out of the red, white and yellow varieties I’ve tried, the yellow Stuttgarter Riesen has been the best keeper. Stuttgarter Riesen is a large, deep golden-yellow onion with firm white flesh. The reds and whites I’ve tried have not kept as well, so I usually use them first. My friend, Tami, said that the onions she started from seed were much more solid and less prone to rotting than the ones that she started from sets. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible recommends Stockton Reds for storage. I’ve grown them, and they store fairly well, but the Stuttgarters store better. He also recommends the varieties Copra and Prince. [Read more…]