A little fun, I hope!
So far I've peeled, cubed, blanched and loaded the dehydrator with 10#s of potatoes and a large bag of organic sweet corn. I also broke out the new FoodSaver (Christmas gift from my daughter and son-in-law, along with a book about cheese-making! She knows her mama well!) and put away six bags of cooked pork roast (salvaged from the hunting camp last week!). I'm gonna kick back for half an hour and
watch The Pioneer Woman and sip on some
more of the pineapple juice I made this morning!
I've got three pounds of ground venison on the stove. I'm gonna try a dehydrator experiment with it after cooking and draining it well. It will, of course, go into the freezer (taking up 1/10th the original space) since it is dehydrated and not freeze dried. I've been doing my homework! This can then be used for spaghetti, lasagna, tacos, chili, burritos, casseroles, etc. If this works, there will be a repeat! I'll take the package out of the freezer after about a week and see how it tastes in one of the above-mentioned recipes. There are 13 more pounds in the freezer waiting for me to do something creative with. Great way to make room for the next load the Great Hunter brings home! And, the dehydrator isn't as heavy as the pressure canner.
Who knows what the afternoon will hold after the Aleve and caffeine kicks in! I want to visit a friend in the hospital at some point today. (Hey AG!! Waiting to hear when the tests are over so I can crash your party!).
There is also a HUGE patch of collards I need to pick and cook. I wonder if
collards can be dehydrated. I've done spinach (which there is some of that out there too). Hmmmm. Back to the books to find out!