Eight Acres - the blog — dehydrator

Preserving the harvest

Apr 24 2017 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, fermented, garden, preserving, self sufficiency, vegetables

Here's a post originally from 2012. It is interesting to read this again now, as I've lately been finding that I can grow a productive and varied vege garden for most of the year, so a lot of the veges that I had preserved were not getting used up anyway. I prefer to use things up while they are fresh, but there are advantages to fermenting food and few things that I do want to use year-round,...

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Dried garlic granules

Mar 14 2014 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, garlic, real food

Last year we made dried garlic granules, and we found them really useful. It took an hour or so to peel 1kg of garlic, but then over the year when we were cooking we could quickly and easily add a teaspoon of granules to cooking without having to fiddle around with garlic, so it was worth the effort and stick fingers at the time! We also didn't have to buy any foreign garlic when the Australian...

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Homemade realfood muesli bars (granola bars)

Jul 26 2013 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, plastic, real food, snacks, woodstove

During Plastic Free Julywe have been saving any single-use plastic that would normally be thrown away, so that we can assess at the end of July just how much plastic we consume and how we could reduce that. Throughout the month I also tested ways that we may reduce that plastic as we go. This isn't a competition, its a learning experience, so its not cheating if you start to change some of your...

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Rosella tea

Apr 12 2013 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, herbs, rosella, tea

A while ago I had a lovely tea with ginger and rosella.  It got me thinking maybe I should try to grow some rosellas myself, so this season when I was offered some seed (thanks African Aussie!) I planted some and ended up with four in big pots. I kept them in pots because I was a little unsure what to expect. I didn't know how big they would get and where they would prefer to grow. I find keeping...

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Dried garlic granules

Feb 08 2013 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, garlic, vegetables

A guy at work who grows garlic commercially was selling it for $10/kg.  It was pretty good quality, just the same as the garlic that is $30/kg at the shops, so I bought 2 kg of it.  We weren't sure how well it would keep, so we decided to dry it.

We spent about an hour peeling 1 kg of the garlic and laid the individual cloves on the tray of our dehydrator. We ran the dehydrator on and off for...

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Dried zucchini slices

Jan 25 2013 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, vegetables, zucchini

My zucchini plants suffered a set back due to chicken attack back at the beginning of spring and I haven't harvest any of my own yet, but a friend was struggling with zucchini overload and gave me several kgs. I have been wanting to try drying zucchinis, so this was the perfect opportunity. The last time I had a glut of my own zucchinis I resorted to making zucchini soup! It was awful! I though...

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