Monday, 22 May 2017

Drying Out

I thought I better jot down a post on some dehydrating I did last week before I forget.
I was chatting to Kev at An English Homestead on social media about dehydrating  and I mentioned Vegetable Stock that is used as a base for instant soup,
here it is, vegetables and herbs cooked in water until tender,
 then puree them down add some cornflour and simmer until its reduced to about a third, spread out on silicon sheets
 pop in the dehydrator until its all dried out and breaks up easier
 break it up a pop in the processor and grind down to a powder
 there you have it instant vegetable stock.
 While out getting supplies for the goats last week I saw an offer of 5 punnets of strawberries for £1
perfect for drying out.
 wash and sliced onto trays in the dehydrator
 I think they took about 6 hours, they need to be sort of flexible but dry
All bagged up they will be ideal for grand kids along with the pineapple  I did last week.
We have both had a busy week end, Martin had a group of friends to stay and help out with some jobs around the place, I went to Malvern quilt show with friends on a coach trip.
Next week end we have visitors again 14 of them this time, they are going to be camping down the field.
Right must go and get some sleep I am out again tomorrow meeting with some friends.

16 comments:

  1. I believe we have some lovely weather coming. The strawberries were a bargain.

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  2. That's a great way to dehydrate the vegetable stock...I wonder if I can do that with the chicken stock I have? That would save a lot of freezer space! The strawberries looks so delicious!

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    1. I have done chicken stock before and it was succesful

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  3. What a great idea for the home-made vegetable stock. Brilliant. I nearly bought some 3 punnets for £1 strawberries at Abergwili yesterday, but didn't think to get them to dehydrate. My thoughts were jam and I knew I had a busy couple of days ahead, so I left them.

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  4. Great post Dawn. Really can't wait until I can do similar.

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    1. it is a great way of making fruit a fun snack

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  5. Do you know the cost of running your dehumidifier. The taste of what you make is superior than shop stuff, but it would be interesting to see hope the price compares.

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    1. I think you mean dehydrator approx 2.5p an hour

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  6. This is a great post Dawn - I was interested when I saw you chatting with Kev and forgot about it. I have the same dehydrator book as you so will give it a look up - the long weekend will give us some extra time to do these great things.
    You sound busy, more socially, than normal. We have been too over the last few weekends and I can't wait for a quiet one this weekend! Looking forward to see what you're getting up to.

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  7. When my veggies come in a bit more I'll be making some of this type of stock. Much better than buying an oxo.

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  8. Did you really use corn flour or corn starch in the vegetable puree?

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    1. Corn flour in the UK is what they call corn starch in the USA its used as a thickener.

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