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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dehydrating Celery Leaves

My mother gave me the celery leaves she cut from her celery over the weekend.  I dehydrated them for several uses.


I will use them to add flavor and color to soups, saute them in with onions for many recipes, and they can be added to salads also.

I did some quick research after dehydrating my celery leaves, and this is one vegetable I will want to continue to buy organic from now on.  It is in the top two of the "Dirty Dozen" list.

My dehydrated, garden grown jalapeno peppers came in handy over the weekend also.


I cooked up a pot of cabbage and bean soup, and added about 4 crushed rings of these peppers.  I didn't have a recipe really, I simply used broth, water, cooked dry beans (whatever I had at the time, which was navy and pinto), cooked up some fresh picked Swiss chard, added chopped cabbage, and even about 3 Tbsp. of our canned Zucchini Salsa.  I used garlic and dehydrated jalapeno's for flavor.  It turned out to be delicious and healthy.

4 comments:

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Mmmm...sounds delish. Do you have a dehydrator or do you use the open air method (covering the produce of course)?
Have you done a post on dehydrating? I'd like to read it.

Pat

Kristina said...

I purchased a 4 drawer dehydrator, but also hang my herbs and other plants (peppers) to dry on herb drying racks.

Denise said...

When I dehydrate celery I always use the leaves too. There is a lot of flavor in them.

Candy C. said...

I really need to get the dehydrator out and use it. I usually just end up freezing everything because I *think* that it's easier. ;-)