|my pretty little world|
So if you must, depart from this post immediately. I will understand.
But yesterday was a Red Letter, adrenaline pumping day for me because...
I became a food dehydrator owner!
A large truck deposited 11 food dehydrators to me Wednesday afternoon and according to the delivery person, she's never had someone so excited to see her. Truly I don't need 11 food dehydrators but I gathered almost a dozen other families who were interested in healthy cooking and we all placed a group order. Now the boxes have arrived and everyone is as eager as I am to get started.
|Hello, delivery lady!|
|Ain't she a beauty?|
Now my first batch of dried bananas sit in the pantry. They look and sound like wooden nickels but taste much better. My orange hair, freckle face OS isn't completely enamoured with them but I'm not giving up. I'm going to make this work in my family. My OS and the Hubs will appreciate my efforts at conservation and nutrition or face my wrath.
|Um, maybe this isn't the right technique???|
|Bananas full of hydration - not for long, you guys!|
As silly as getting a new food dehydrator may sound to some, trivial though it might be to a person who pities the stay-at-home mom for the supposed drudgery of her life, I am thrilled with my new purchase. The thought of caring for my family, feeding them healthy things and learning new homemaking techniques brings me contentment.
|A not so wonderful reaction to braised daikon radishes|
According to Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook, why in no time, I will be making Backpacker Tuna a la King and Fancy Tomato Leather Chips. Yes, my OS's lunch bags will be filled with beet leather and homemade crackers and friends shall crowd around them begging for a mere taste of these delicacies! My West Point OS will plead and beg for boodle loaded with Backpacker Fancy Macaroni and Cheese or pineapple sliced seasoned with cardamom. I can see it now!
While reading the recipes to Ike, I prophesied a future father/son camping trip complete with Backpacker Rice Balls Wrapped in Nori and kayaking adventures energized thanks to Tom's Red Wine-Marinated Dried Fish. My comments were meant with an impish grin and rolling of the eyes.
|This is the expression I anticipate in the future from my orange hair, freckle face OS!|
I'll be sure to capture their noteworthy reactions as my dehydrating repertoire continues! Let the drying begin!