It's a cool Monday morning here in Hickery Holler! The nip of fall is indeed in the air and we enjoyed sleeping under an open window again last night. I guess It is time to dig out those sweaters and wool socks because it won't be long until they are needed. We continue to can, dehydrate and preserve the garden blessings.
Those peppers are beautiful and will make such wonderful additions to my winter dishes. This California Wonder variety has done exceedingly well again this year and seeds are drying for next year.
Some are diced and then vacuum sealed in small packages to be frozen. Ready to be taken out and thrown into some hot olive oil and sauteed for that favorite pasta sauce.
Some are dehydrated and put into a ziploc bag. Once I have completed all that I am going to dehydrate they will be put into small jelly jars and an oxygen absorber added to each jar and then sealed with my vacuum sealer jar attachment. Dehydrating these ripe peppers just seems to concentrate the sugars and make them that much sweeter.
I have gotten several emails and questions on dehydrating melon. If you slice your melon thick, about half an inch and put it on your trays and leave it in the dehydrator for about 24 hours
It dehydrates down to almost nothing.
Making little discs of intense watermelon flavor, almost crunchy they melt into your mouth and taste almost like watermelon Jolly Ranchers : )
Craving a piece of candy on a cold winter day these are just enough to satisfy that sugar fix. And the grandkids will eat their weight in them if you turn your back : )
Cantaloupe on the other hand it gives almost a smoky sweet flavor.
Stored in jars and sealed again with an oxygen absorber and my Foodsaver attachment these are wonderful snacks until the next cantaloupe season.
Tip*****got an email recently about their lids coming open after sealing or not sealing. Try heating dry lids on a warm heating pad and then using ******
Like smoothies? Try freezing cantaloupe and then in the morning throw some frozen cantaloupe, honey and Greek yogurt in a blender. MMmmmmmm!
My daughter freezes watermelon strips and she has a pacifier looking thing that has a cloth/nylon mesh end. She takes that frozen watermelon/cantaloupe and puts in that pacifier thingy for the baby to suck on and relieve his teething pains. Heads up to all you young mamas out there.
Don't forget those Watermelon Rind Pickles. You can find a tutorial links below
All of these are wonderful things to do with that patch of melons still out there and winter just around the corner.
Got lots of potatoes left out there and no room to store them. They dehydrate wonderfully!
Slices for those Au gratin Potatoes or to fry in a pan.
Heres a link on using those dehydrated hash browns
Same with onions
Apples hanging from the tree in the back yard?
Try this apple fritter recipe but I warn you they are addictive!
Or maybe fried apple pies are more your speed?
You can find the recipe below
Make your own apple pie filling and you can have them whenever the mood strikes you!
And those apples make great apple chips too!
Now that I have given you all these ideas I am off to do my own work.
As for me I dug carrots and have a load to get in the dehydrator...
And another load of tomatoes to get in the roaster!
Hope everyone has a productive week.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter