Dehydrating and Dry Storing

Onions, Dehydrating Onions!

Where I live, Northeast Coast US, my planting season starts about April 1st and Ends mid October to End of October. That gives me somewhere around 110 to 130 Grwoing days. Given what I grow, I tend to get a lot of any one thing, all at once. I am trying some early growing varieties to give me a second crop, we'll see if that happens before Early frost!

Above: Cutting and prepping my harvests of Red Beard Bunching Onion.

Harvesting all that onion at once, means, either drying and storing, or dehydrating and storing. The Red Beard Bunching is a perfect onion for drying and dehydrating. The bulbing onions make for good drying and storing onions.

A little note about Dehydrating Onion:
I cut all the pieces of onion to the same size (about a 1/3rd inch or 1 cm) and spread it evenly on the drying rack. I always add a sheet of Parchment paper (makes cleanup easier). Heat is set for 2.5 hours, and set for 130ºF (55ºC). I check the onions at drying time and see if it needs more time? or is ready for jarring it up.

Above: Today's Harvest: Sweet Banana Pepper, a couple tomato, Little Finger Carrot, Purple Carrot, Utah Yellow Bulbing Onion and Red Beard Bunching Onion
Below: Dicing and prepping Onion for dehydrating

Above: Bulbing Onions drying in the basement
Below: Already prepped: Sun Dried Tomato, Bread & Butter Pickles, Dill Pickles, Pickled Sweet Banana Pepper, Blueberry Jam, and Raspberry Jam.

Each week, for the short term, I will be prepping and canning food harvested, to save for my family over winter. On top of food prep, I need to pull the boat, in about 2 weeks for the winter, and begin winterizing the Camper.

Done food prep for the week, and now, printing is done as well, for my weekend of selling images at my Artisan Event: Harwich Cranberry Festival! It's a celebration of the Fall Cranberry Harvest on Cape Cod (home of Cranberry harvesting!)

You've heard of Ocean SprayCranberry right?

LOTS More to come, from my GroVid22 Gardens!

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Happy New Planting and Cheers,

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