Saturday, July 9, 2016

Fun With the Dehydrator

We have been trying out the new food dehydrator that Sheri received for her birthday.  We were inspired by the excellent dried fruits that we received as gift from Kerry for Christmas, so naturally we started there. We dried plums, apples, pears, grapes, pineapples, strawberries and kiwis.  We also dried tomatoes,  onions, peppers and mushrooms.  To our delight, the first attempt was successful and we especially like the apples, pears and plums.

Mangoes, Peaches, Figs and Kiwis before drying

Dried tomatoes

Dried kiwi and plums

Our next foray into drying food was with misirwot, an Ethiopian lentil stew.   We started with our standard stew recipe that we got from our friend Lynne,  The we dried it by spreading it thinly onto a tray with a liner.   After about 12 hours we had a dry crumbly stew and an amazing smell of curry in the basement.  We also dried some vegetables at the same time so that we could take them on the trail.

We tested out the misirwot and veggies on the trail during our recent trip to Kearsarge North for the 4th of July overnight trip. The stew and veggies hydrated nicely and were wonderful with bread from Vintage Bakery.  This will likely be a go-to backpacking/hut dinner in the future, but we are also eager to try other favorite recipes including chili and Thai green curry.

misirwot stew after drying

misirwot stew reheated on the summit of Kearsarge North

We are now drying some sweet Italian peppers from the garden and look forward to trying some herbs very soon.

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