Beets.  Beautiful, colorful beets.  My whole family loves beets in just about any form they can get them.  Roasted, boiled, pickled it doesn't matter they love beets.  We love beets so much we like to have some on hand so we can eat them even when it is not beet season.  We pickle a lot of beets every years but sometime you want a beet that is not pickled and it's out of season.  That's when you go for the dehydrated beets.  I like to rehydrate them, drizzle them with olive oil and roast them.  Or sometimes I take the dried beets and grind them to use them for flavoring or coloring in other recipes.  They are also great just dry with a little dip if you slice them thin enough.  Your imagination is the only limitation with dehydrated beets. 

It is amazing how many seeds you can get from one non-gmo green pepper.  I have been able to plant peppers for the last 5 years without buying a seed thanks to the seeds I started keeping 5 years ago and have kept every year since then. 

I have found that green peppers take very little to grow.  I give my peppers absolutely no special attentions and when blessed with only an occassional rain they grow pretty abundantly.  Abundantly is the key word here.  Between my peppers and the peppers my friend gives me every year I have plenty of peppers to dehydrate and use throughout the year.  The abundance also allows for me to share with all my friends and family that would like dehydrated peppers. 

Isn't the thought of a nice stir fry in the middle of the winter with  your home grown peppers just a wonderful thought?

Luckily dehydrating green peppers is one of the easiest thing you will probably ever do.

It's that time of year again.  The time of year that you have 20 to 30 squash of various variaties sitting on your counter just waiting to be used.  So you sautee' it, you fry it, you boil it.  And then you look and there are 20 more from today's harvest.  That's why dehydrating is so important this time of year.  Zucchini is one of those spring and summer bounties that just don't can well because they get so mushy so we dehydrate it.   Sure you can just slice it and dehydrate it with no special treatment and it tastes just fine and it great for snacking and for throwing into pasta sauces and much more.  But what if.......

A friend of mine was going out of town for a while and very casually asked if I would like some persimmons since they would be gone about a month and were afraid they would spoil.  I graciously accepted the offer thinking a small bucket or basket of persimmons would be nice.  I had only eaten persimmons a few times in my life but I do like them.  I have a native persimmon tree in my back yard but between the goats and chickens I rarely get any of them.  One thing I knew for sure was I would probably get to dehydrate some persimmons for the first time.

With watermelon it seems I either get feast or famine.  One year I get just a few watermelon that really don't taste great at all, and another year I will have so much watermelon I get the urge to run the other direction when I see another one developing on the vine.  One year I had so much watermelon I kept some in my car at all times so I could give them away to anyone that was willing to accept it.