After coveting one for quite a while, E and I finally turned in some credit card points to get a dehydrator last week! Would normal people put an exclamation point at the end of that phrase? Most likely not. I was really excited to get it, though…probably absurdly so, but I’ll take absurd excitement over rational apathy any day!
I’ve already made banana chips a few times which are a hit with all three of us (this is fantastic as there are few things that all three of us really like). I tried dehydrated yam slices per the suggestion of one of the sites I read but that didn’t go over so well. I’ve also made raw milk yogurt with an online recipe but I think I’m going to try the NT recipe next week to see how that turns out. Other things I want to try include:
- Beef Jerky
- Super Green Veggie Powder
- Dehrated Pears
- Crispy Nuts and Seeds from NT
- Berries – particularly cranberries as that’s what I put in our trailmix and it would be nice not to have to buy those anymore
- Fruit Leather
- Herbs (this will be especially handy in the spring when we have our container garden)
- Christmas in a Jar (not food, but I love this idea!)
Of course there’s also the fact that we’ll be able to preserve produce better. I’m particularly excited about the super green veggie powder recipe as I’m the only fan of kale in our house (sauteed with bratwurst, wine, and red onions it’s amazing) and none of us care for chard. But as these are two powerhouses of nutrient density, I’d really like to include them in our diet. I also have grown to like beets, but still don’t care for the greens so this gives me a way to incorporate those into what we eat as well. We signed up for the remainder of our old CSA’s season to see if we’re better at using everything this time around (we stopped it when I got pregnant as I knew I wouldn’t have the energy to try and make all of that food and switched to a delivery service that worked really well for us), and I’m excited to see how that goes. About 80% of what I buy at the grocery store is fresh produce, so we’re hoping this saves us money as well.
I know my food-related excitement is probably not easily understood (and most likely seems pretty dorky to most), but it’s who I am and that’s okay. Everyone has their own version of food-related dorkiness. 🙂