Welcome to Freeze Dried Friday on SurvivalBlog! We’ve been making so many things in the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer that we want to share some of them with you. If you have something wonderful you’ve prepared in your freeze dryer that you would like to share with SurvivalBlog readers, take a photo of it and send it in along with a description. We might just feature you here! The pride and joy of the week is our batch of genovese basil, but first:
Odds and Ends
it’s been a slow week this time around for freeze drying. We only ran five batches in total. One of the joys of the prepper mantra of multiple streams of income is that every once in a while, one of those income streams becomes like a dragon. Problems engulf and consume you. I tease my wife that I am a firefighter at home too— putting out the biggest fire, slathering grease on the loudest squeak— whatever it takes. It’s a good feeling when things get back to normal.
Mrs Latimer informed me early in the week that it was time for another batch of eggs. Eight dozen at a time makes four quarts. The chickens are doing well now and it seems I have to run a batch nearly every week. I think it’s time to start selling the eggs though. If I lost all my chickens, it would be quite some time before I ran out of eggs.
We managed to put away some extra vegetables this week as well— Two quarts of Broccoli and two quarts of peas. I’d love to tell you that those peas came from my garden, but I can’t. It’s a Costco special of frozen peas. They also have some excellent corn if you visit there, but we prefer our own which is starting to come off now. The Broccoli is also from Costco as it’s too warm for it right now in the garden.
Rice is always an easy side dish, but brown rice usually takes longer to cook. We like to keep some freeze dried brown rice on hand for those times when you nearly have to eat on the go. You can pour a little bit of the FD rice in a jar, add some FD chicken and maybe a few of those peas and have a complete tasty meal in under five minutes. This week, Mrs Latimer made a gallon of brown rice so now we have 4 quart jars of it.
The genovese basil was harvested this week so that was the last batch we ran. A gallon of fresh green leaves make one quart of FD herbs when crushed. It’s sad to see them compress that much, but man do they smell good!
That’s it for this week. I’m hoping that some of you will send in pictures of your foods that you have freeze dried.