Thursday, May 24, 2007
Scratch and Sniff
What's going on here is I'm experimenting with the Ronco food dehydrator. It was something Mom had and I scooped it up with the vague idea of doing something with it -- and then forgot it was there. Well, it was stored in an anonymous box so it was easy to forget. The other day, while looking for something else entirely, I peeked in the box to see what surprise was hidden therein and said, "Hooboy! That looks like fun. Let's see what we can do with it."
And it has been fun. I'm drying assorted veggies with the idea of having stores of future soup ingredients tucked away. So far I've begun bagging up tomatoes, carrots and celery. There is also a nice bagful of bread cubes. Haven't done any fruit yet but that's next, for sure. In the meantime, the dianthus smells so good I decided to see how it handled itself in the dryer. Might make a nice addition to a potpourri mix. You never can tell.
Even if it doesn't work out for the potpourri, I can tell you the kitchen sure smells great right now. So much so that I'm thinking the next things to dry should be orange and lemon rinds. Now, there's a plan! And if I can locate my favorite marinade recipe, can jerky be far behind?