Sunday, August 6, 2017

Peek A Boo

After a hard fought battle with a nasty pneumonia, Grandma got released from the hospital on July 26. Unfortunately, less than 48 hours later, she fell and broke her hip. So back to the hospital we went. She's had a replacement surgery and is now back to a facility to recuperate. And I'm taking a deep breath and gearing up for the next round of care-giving, this time with my MIL. It's a rough patch right now but there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Hopefully everyone will be well and I'll be back to full time homesteading before long.

While I'm busy with the ill folks, I'm still getting some small projects done. This morning I've been slicing tomatoes for the dehydrator. I've already put a few gallon tomatoes in the freezer, where space is at a premium. I feel kinda sad that DH spent sooo much money for my Christmas gift of an awesome pressure canner and I haven't got to use it yet. But there is a learning curve to those things and I want to wait until I can focus all my attention before I attempt it. I want to make sure I don't develop any bad habits by skipping steps or rushing through it.

So if you've got a minute, drop some ideas for dehydrated tomatoes in the comment section. I'll check them out while I'm bedside sitting!
Amish Paste Tomatoes

7 comments:

  1. I crumble up my dehydrated tomatoes and sauté them with minced garlic, plus Italian seasonings. This is added to curds from my fresh goat milk and made into a nice, soft spreadable cheese...

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    1. That sounds amazing! I'll be getting back into cheese making next spring and I'll definitely give that a try! Thanks!!

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  2. They make a nice snack if you brush a drop of olive oil on each one and sprinkle with basil, oregano, onion powder, or whatever herbs you like.

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  3. I still have some dehydrated tomatoes from last year, which I found yesterday in the back of the cupboard, but they look alright so I shall still use them. As for canning .... I bought an All American Canner from the USA several years ago, but in my I have had experience with a 'normal' pressure cooker so was not put into a mild panic during the 'letting off steam' stage, and then the actual 'under pressures' stage when I used the canner. But you are wise to wait until you have the mental space to learn how to use it. I do that with most things which are new to me.
    Hope all goes well with your family.

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    1. Thank you! My new canner is an All American also.

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