I want to show you today how to preserve Cilantro from the garden. I dehydrated some Cilantro about three years ago and I was hooked on it. Thankfully Cilantro grows like a weed here in Southern Utah! All you need is good soil and some awesome seeds and you are ready to plant. It sprouts here in about two weeks, so don’t give up if you don’t see those little leaves start sprouting right away. The only downside to growing your own Cilantro is once you clip it, your crop is done. In other words, you have to replant some more seeds. But, here’s the deal, you can grow so much that one crop can give you lots and lots of Cilantro to eat and preserve.
If you are like me, you are looking for a frugal way to preserve your food. What I’m talking about are those bananas sitting on your kitchen counter and they are starting to get those tiny brown spots. Well, I can’t make banana bread all the time, so I slice a few of those bananas and dehydrate them for snacks. Once dehydrated I place them in a wide mouth mason quart jar with a lid, either by using my FoodSaver to remove the air or just using those Ball jar lids like these: Ball 37000 Wide Mouth Plastic Storage Caps 8 Count. I prefer using the wide mouth mason quart jars because they are wide enough so my hand fits nicely in the jar to grab a healthy snack like dehydrated bananas.
Why dehydrating food for long-term does not work has been on my writing list for some time. Before you get all excited about this statement, let me explain what I know. Yes, I love my dehydrator to dehydrate excess food from my garden and food I can’t eat that sits in the refrigerator before it needs to be trashed. I call this dehydrating for short term storage only. I don’t recommend dehydrating your own food for long-term storage because in reality it will only be good for about one year, if you are lucky. Yes, you can use oxygenators and all that stuff. I tried that and I ended up throwing out all the food. It was rancid. I processed $1,200.00 of food at a local church facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. I threw it out one year later. It was a volunteer church group that did not know how many oxygenators to put in each #10 can. Plus the oxygenators were not properly supervised, meaning they were left open and no longer worked. I don’t have the money to waste and you probably don’t either. I can’t waste one penny on my food storage, I need long-term food storage, period.
Today it is all about how to dehydrate strawberries! These are great as a snack or added to a salad. No chemicals or preservatives. If you have a garden full of strawberries, it would be even cheaper to make these. I buy my strawberries because it’s really hot here in Southern Utah and I haven’t figured out YET how to grow really juicy strawberries! That is on my to do list for the next growing season.
Today it is all about how to dehydrate strawberries! These are great as a snack or added to a salad. No chemicals or preservatives. If you have a garden full of strawberries, it would be even cheaper to make these. I buy my strawberries because it’s really hot here in Southern Utah and I haven’t figured out YET how to grow really juicy strawberries! That is on my to do list for the next growing season. This is the dehydrator I have: Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black
I decided to show the world how to dehydrate cherries today! I remember when my daughters were young we would all pit the cherries with this two finger deal. You could only do one cherry at a time. We bottled dozens of quart bottles of cherries years ago. To be honest with you, I never liked them, I really didn’t. We picked the cherries for free so of course I was on it, to bottle them. Yes, we bottled them for years until we no longer got them for free. The bumper years we bottled more jars than we could count. The only thing I needed to buy were new canning lids/seals and sugar.
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