Several asked how I dry my peppers. If I have other things to dry, I just stick them in the dehydrator. If there’s nothing else to dry, I thread a large needle with heavy duty thread or even a lightweight yarn, string the peppers up through their stems and hang them somewhere to dry. Actually because we don’t use our dining room much, I most often just loop the string over the light fixture in the dining room and let them dry there.
The dehydrator is great for so many uses though. Most of the year it gets used for jerky but this time of year, I use it for anything I’m not wanting to can. Over the weekend I did a batch of peaches and threw in a few green beans. The green beans work great for stews and soups, especially in the crock pot. The peaches . . they’re great for mid-winter when we’re craving a fresh peach. They can be re-hydrated in hot water, drained and used in a pie and you’d never know you hadn’t used fresh peaches!
For the peaches, I peel and slice them and give them a dip in a Fruit Fresh solution.
Drain them in a colander.
6 trays of peaches and 3 trays of beans.
The dehydrator is in the garage and when I’m doing a batch of peaches, all around my neighborhood smells like fresh peaches! I love living at my house! 🙂