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Friday, August 19, 2011


The very best way I've seen to save energy and start the process of canning or drying tomato sauce is to solar cook the raw tomatoes first.  Just put cut up tomatoes (skin and all) into your black cooking pot.  Put in the plastic bag, set out in your solar cooker and let it sit in the sun all day (5 or more hours).  When done, blend it up into a liquid.  You can then add to onions and garlic and seasoning and cook down into spaghetti sauce or something and water bath or pressure can it, or you can freeze it, or even spread out on flex sheets and dry it to make tomato powder out of.

If you want to can it as I did, please follow authorized instructions for "tomato juice" through the Ball Blue Book.  I blended the tomatos, put them through a sieve, and threw out the pulp and just had a good liquid.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Banana cream

When you want to make banana bread and you don't happen to have any fresh bananas that are over-ripe and ready to go, you can take this from your pantry.

Blend 5 bananas in a blender until smooth.

Pour onto plastic wrap or flex sheets.

Dehydrate for 3 hours or until brittle.

Crumble and break into pieces and store in a clean jar with an oxygen absorber packet (or use FoodSaver to vacuum seal).

When needed, measure out about 1/3 cup of pieces and powder for banana bread recipes.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Finally, for the first time in a very long time, we got two beautiful cantelopes off our plant this year.  There are lots of honey-dews and a bunch more cantelopes to harvest probably in the next few weeks.  They were fantastic!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dinners in the Jar

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Thursday, August 4, 2011


Like a lot of people, I have zucchini coming out of my ears, from a fantastic single plant in my new planter box.  What I do every year is dehydrate a bunch, but after two months of that, I thought: "Okay, now I have enough", but then it dawned on me.  Do I have enough for a three month supply? Do I have enough for a full year?

I don't, of course.

So I have been dehyrating even more, realizing that this is the Lord's bounty that he is giving me.  I am drying tomatoes as well (those we can't use), which takes forever but they taste so wonderful when dried.