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Share the deals & questions: Weekend edition!

Posted April 26, 2014

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  • losltp Apr 27, 2014

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    I LOVE the idea of the dehydrated foods in your beverage !!
    All the flavored waters you could have - free of chemicals !
    You really have stumbled up a gold mine of an appliance - seems to be no end to what you can do !

  • privilegesrevoked Apr 27, 2014

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    The squash/zucchini/cucumber will be done tomorrow afternoon, probably late :)
    I just took out the sliced limes, lemons, oranges and even the orange peel! Free orange zest!
    Tossed a slice of the dehydrated lime in my diet coke :) Awesome!
    I'm the same way about local strawberries, would rather wait until the second week of picking season.

  • observant Apr 27, 2014

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    what time will they be done ?
    Wish I could be there to taste test !
    I like to wait on the strawberries "til what they call the "second picking" - the plants are in their groove by then and the berries are more stable - not as many funny ripe /raw ones and the flavor is more unified .
    Wow thanks for the new product !
    I wll have to check those packets out - on my way to google now !
    Thanks Again !

  • ascherer Apr 27, 2014

    PriviligesRevoked - unfortunately I don't have a vacuum sealer but you made me start to think about getting one.

    Observant - these are just store bought strawberries but DH got 2 because they were 2 for $x. I am just so excited for fresh fruit that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. :-) I will try freezing them in the cages. I know I plan on putting up at least one cage because I can eat 1 large cage in about 3 days. A personal size watermelon lasted 2 days in this house and it was all me. Thanks for your help.

  • privilegesrevoked Apr 27, 2014

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    {{waving at you Observant!}}
    No, I use regular mason jars for storing the dehydrated goods - and if they are not something I will open every day, I put in a 100CC OxySorb packet which vacuum seals it by absorbing the oxygen - way cool, you hear the can "pop" about an hour after you close the jar AND it works for months, even if you open the jar, it will seal it again and again!
    Waiting for local strawberries nearby and will be concentrating on those when they start coming in hot and heavy - LOVE strawberries. Plan to use them dehydrated on my salads and rehydrated into diet sprite with lime slices (dehydrated of course) for my version of Strawberry Limeade Sonic style (to get the REAL deal, rehydrate strawberries in a little water, add a touch of sugar and create the natural syrup then add to drink).
    Zucchini/squash and cucumber go in TONIGHT :) I'm going to make zucchini chips to nibble on :)

  • observant Apr 27, 2014

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    Hey !
    You have had a productive savvy shopping weekend with HT & Staples ! LOL Grats on the Great Deals !!!
    Thanks for the reminder about the food saver - I forgot to mention it since it is such a normal way of freeezing for me .
    BTW, have you used it to seal your storage jars ??
    Have you done strawberries in the dehydrator yet ?
    How about the squash & zucchini ?? I can't wait for cantaloupe & watermelon ! Can you do cucumbers ? I hope I can order my dehydrator Tuesday during the Swagbucks special shopping event I watch WalMart right adfter school starts they reduce copy paper ( 96 or 98 brightness?) to under a $1 a package - not free but not bad .lol

  • privilegesrevoked Apr 27, 2014

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    Yup, did that too, forgot to mention it, I am always so happy to get paper at my 5 year old "buy" price - I haven't spent more than a $1 on a ream of paper in 5 years or longer. Really makes couponing cheap and I don't feel like I'm wasting money printing coupons :)

  • privilegesrevoked Apr 27, 2014

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    I never froze them but if you have a vacuum seal system, you could prepare (core, wash) them, set them on a cookie sheet to freeze hard, then vacuum seal them and they won't get freezer burn.
    Or you could dehydrate them, cut them in half or slice thin - whatever way you desire and then put them in canning jars for long term storage (95% dehydration required so they don't get moldy from too much moisture remaining).

  • observant Apr 27, 2014

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    How are the strawberries this year ??
    I sort & wash the strawberries - leave them whole , flash freeze on a cookie sheet, then bag for the freezer - if you have any of the clam shell plastic boxes from the grocery grocery store they work great as cages to protect the berries in the freezer - I sort out teh bad berries, rinse and bag in the little "cage" while still wet and freeze . If you have some with bad spots or you want them cut up, bag andfreezeafter cutting but these will be soft when you thaw them .

  • ascherer Apr 27, 2014

    I have way too many strawberries than I can eat before they go bad. Has anyone had any luck flash freezing them? If so, how? My gut says to wash and core them. Then put them in a single layer on a sheet pan and freeze until frozen. After that I can put them in a ziplock bag. Any advice is welcome. Thanks.

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