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Fall Garden

Aug 31, 2010

We purchased a small dehydrator and have been drying our own raisins from our flame grapes. Deciding what to do with the tomatoes was interesting, too. We made tomato juice, tomato sauce, and ended up drying tomatoes and preserving them in olive oil.


I have lusted after a dehydrator, and then kept wondering whether I really needed another kitchen gadget. I wonder too whether living in a humid climate if I will ever be able to keep anything I dry, without having to put everything into the freezer.! Actually last year when I had a glut of cherry tomatoes I dried trays of cherry tomatoes in a low oven, they turned out very well. I kept them in the freeezer.
A glut of summer tomatoes and a bumper crop of figs finally pushed me into investing in a dehydrator. Even though we have hot, dry summers down in Victoria the instruction booklet says all dried produce should be kept in the freezer. It is good for fruit/veggies that would go mushy if frozen. I have used both the dried figs and tomatoes successfully since freezing them - the tomatoes are really good on pizza. It takes a long time to dry - overnight - so it is only worth doing if you do a lot.
This is a picture of a bunch of grapes grown on my allotment. Perfect in every detail, except about one tenth of the size they should be.

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