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Post  sherryeo on 6/4/2011, 8:58 pm

I, uhhmmmm, I'm thinking I may have created a monster here - do zucchini ever take a breather and give you a chance to get caught up cooking the ones you've already harvested? Yikes. Shocked And I only planted 2!!! I think I'm going to have to find lots more recipes!
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 9:14 pm

This is one reason I began dehydrating summer squash chips last summer. They are really fabulous in winter soups! What a Face
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Post  NHGardener on 6/4/2011, 9:17 pm

camprn, what do you use to dehydrate them?
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 9:24 pm

I have an electric dehydrator like the one below, but I would like to have a solar drier. I have to work on that once everything is planted in the garden. What a Face
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Post  NHGardener on 6/4/2011, 9:35 pm

Neat! What else do you dehyrdrate? I think I'd like to do that, they probably keep well over the winter?

Does it keep the nutritional value?
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 9:41 pm

I dried the summer squash, zucchini, some herbs, some eggplant cubes and tomatoes. I started the tomato dehydrating process in the oven and finished in the dehydrator. Oh, the dried tomatoes, they taste so good in February. I love you
Edit: I also dried lots of poblano pepper strips.


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Post  sherryeo on 6/4/2011, 9:48 pm

Thanks, camprn, do you use the dehydrated veggies in the same way as you would fresh or do you have to do anything different? Do you have to store them in any special way?
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Post  NHGardener on 6/4/2011, 10:00 pm

I'd probably be dehydrating everything - fruits, vegetables, beef jerky...

I just looked for the solar powered ones, but they mainly look DIY, and you also seem to need several days in a row of sun? That might get a little nerve wracking.
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 10:03 pm

If I use the dehydrated veggies in omelets, sauces, stir-fry etc. I soak them in a cup of hot water for about 10 mins or so before use. If I am using in soups, I add them about 15 minutes before the soup is done. Storage was in plastic zip type bags.
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 10:04 pm

NHGardener wrote:I'd probably be dehydrating everything - fruits, vegetables, beef jerky...

I just looked for the solar powered ones, but they mainly look DIY, and you also seem to need several days in a row of sun? That might get a little nerve wracking.
Agreed, I do like the electric one for just this reason. What a Face
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Post  sistabelle on 6/4/2011, 10:50 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE dehydrated apples!!! they are better than fresh! This year I'm hoping to do peaches! I'm so glad you told us about the tomatoes as I was going to try those too! thanks!
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 10:50 pm

sherryeo wrote:I, uhhmmmm, I'm thinking I may have created a monster here - do zucchini ever take a breather and give you a chance to get caught up cooking the ones you've already harvested? Yikes. Shocked And I only planted 2!!! I think I'm going to have to find lots more recipes!
If for some reason you really lose control of the zucchini, you can always resort to leaving them upon your neighbor's stoop in the middle of the night. Wink
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Post  GreenBlueberry on 6/4/2011, 10:57 pm

Eat the flowers! That way you don't waste your harvest but have less fruit. You can stuff them or add them to soups. Google:
"zucchini flowers recipe"
"zucchini flowers soup"

http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/cooking-with-zucchini-blossoms/index.html
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Post  camprn on 6/4/2011, 11:20 pm

GreenBlueberry wrote:Eat the flowers! That way you don't waste your harvest but have less fruit. You can stuff them or add them to soups. Google:
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http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/cooking-with-zucchini-blossoms/index.html
you can also dehydrate the blossoms. Shocked Wink
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Post  sherryeo on 6/4/2011, 11:51 pm

camprn, I've heard of folks in neighborhoods who never used to lock their car doors at night suddenly start locking them in summer after finding "gifts" of zucchini in the back seat! (may have been on an old post here, actually) Laughing

Truth is, though, I am really happy that they're doing so well - maybe just a bit frightened that they seem to have the ability to more than double in size overnight! I think I've just discovered the one thing about sfg that isn't exactly easy - keeping up with the produce when your garden is doing well!!!

GreenBlueberry, I've heard that you can cook the blossoms - never did it, but would love to try. So you can cook both the male and female blossoms? I couldn't bring myself to pick the blossoms when I was awaiting my first zucchinis, but I think I could sacrifice a few to go the dinner plate now.

The not-so-good news is that I have noticed more of the bad guy bugs in my garden the last few days. I've had leaf-footed bug nymphs that I've squashed as fast as I can find. Saw an adult one today that has so far alluded me, so I'm afraid I'll have more nymphs on the way. The darn leafhoppers have shown up in full force lately - those things that will scoot around to the other side of the stem when you try to catch them - I don't know if there's anything that will kill them short of chemicals (which I have no intention of using).

All in all, though, I LOVE my sfgs! cheers
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Post  GreenBlueberry on 6/5/2011, 8:53 am

Yes, you can eat both blossoms. Click on the HGTV link I added, and you'll see the female ones are more of a "delicacy" than the males Smile
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Post  elliephant on 6/5/2011, 9:06 am

NHGardener wrote:I'd probably be dehydrating everything - fruits, vegetables, beef jerky...

I just looked for the solar powered ones, but they mainly look DIY, and you also seem to need several days in a row of sun? That might get a little nerve wracking.

Growing up on the hot, arid CA/AZ border we had a solar dehydrator and our biggest challenge was remembering to get out there after a few hours before everything burnt to a crisp, lol!

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Post  NHGardener on 6/5/2011, 9:16 am

Sounds like an excellent location for a commercial dehydration outfit!
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Post  Kelejan on 6/5/2011, 6:42 pm

I have a dehydrator and I would not be without it. Nothing goes to waste in my home. I especially love banana chips and when bananas are on sale for a dollar a bag I snap up as many as I can and process them in the dehydrator.

They can last for years and still be edible. I found a packet of banana chips that had turned black, they were several years old and I had missed rotating tham) and I experimented to see if they could be eaten. They could. I only tasted a couple of them then ditched them as they were not exactly appealing to me, but if one was starving, they could keep you alive.

I dry any little piece of veggie I have over and they can all go into the soup pot.
The finished products takes up very little room and do not need to rely on electricity to keep them frozen. Dehydrating only takes out the water content so most of the nutrients remain.
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Post  jbh29 on 6/5/2011, 9:47 pm

I have 2 zuccini plants and I hope I have the same problem! I don't yet, as they are still quite little. But I have hopes of harvesting baby zuccinis. My mom loves buying them little (maybe 3 inches long and only 1 inch in diameter). They are very tender that way and great sliced into stirfries.

Maybe picking more babies will prevent them from getting out of hand?
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Post  sherryeo on 6/5/2011, 10:50 pm

jbh29,

I think the problem would be catching them when they are still that small!!!! They grow by leaps and bounds! I'm sure it can be done, but you'll have to be vigilant to catch them at just the right size! I made fried zucchini today - Giada De Laurentiis' recipe - it was good.

I think I'll look into getting one of those dehydrators - looks like fun and a good way to store veggies and fruits! Very Happy
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Post  altagarden on 6/5/2011, 11:16 pm

@camprn My friend dehydrates kale. You can season and turn into "chips" or save for soups.
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Post  Kelejan on 6/6/2011, 2:59 am

One of the good points about SFG and planting in such a condensed manner is that one can enjoy the gourmet experience of baby veggies which are at their most tender stage.

So harvest agressively and you will not end up with veggies that are tough and bitter. Think of those tender little radishes when they first come into season. Yum! And the thinnings of lettuce.
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