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The Benefits of Dehydrated Foods©



One of my email questions this week asked me, “Can you tell me the benefits of dehydrating fruits and benefits?”

There are so many benefits there is not enough room in this column to mention them all.

First off let me say I have canned, froze and dried just about everything over my many years on this planet.  To me canning is the hardest work among the three. With canning you need a stove, jars, lids, rubber seals, lots of time, pantry for storage and your shelf life is about 2 years providing you did everything perfectly.

With freezing you need a freezer, not as much time and some freezer bags and in the worst case you could probably eat something that you found in your freezer that was dated 2 years, but on the safe side I would say use within 6 to 8 months.

Now with dehydration it is a different story. You can air dry or invest in a food dehydrator which is relatively inexpensive and fast and all you need is electricity.  A food dehydrator delivers the vast majority of foods with the same vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts, in a remarkable array of concentrated flavors, nutrients and enzymes. I like the fact that the dehydration process retains almost 100% of the nutritional content of the food while retaining the alkalinity of fresh produce and actually inhibits the growth of microforms such as bacteria.

I also like the fact that dehydrated foods take up a lot less space, are easy to reconstitute and can last up to 20 years!  To back up my statement I quote the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science at Brigham Young University, rice, corn, wheat and grains that have been properly dehydrated, canned and stored will last 30 years or more. Dehydrated vegetables, fruits, and pastas have a shelf life of up to 30 years. Powdered milks or milk substitutes can last up to 20 years.

Dried foods may be pricey in a store, but doing your own is easy because you can buy a good multi-shelf dehydrator for under $50.00 and it will be the best investment you may ever make.  Once you cut up whatever it is you want to dry, just put it on the trays, put the lid on, set the timer, plug it in and walk away.


At Home Farm Herbery we do a lot of dehydrating and we strive to offer some really good dehydrated products to those who understand the benefits of having them on hand, but who do not have the time or inclination to do it themselves.

We have dehydrated everything from meat to fish to veggies to apples and even made banana chips.  We find it is easy to reconstitute the veggies with water and we prefer to use distilled water.  We often just steam the veggies as they plump up nicely that way.


You can even dehydrate food for your pets and you will find that they may be healthier for it.


In 1965 I said to my late husband, Carl, “I am no financial genius, but I really believe this society of ours is going back to the nobles and the serfs and I know I will make a rotten serf. So let’s do something about it.”  I those days I was thinking about money, but today I feel that time is just about here and within 2 or 3 years anyone who has serious thoughts along those lines better have a big stock pile of dehydrated food on hand because all the money you may have amassed may not be enough to feed you and your family.



Dehydrating is the world’s oldest form of food preservation, it requires no preservatives, and it yields great tasting food with months of shelf life and over the years, especially in my life time, it has gone out of fashion simply because the dehydrator is not a mainstream household appliance. It is time to make it one whether you live in the city or on a homestead in a survivalist mode, a dehydrator is a good investment, a healthy investment even if you just make fruit leather for the kids lunches or your own.  Start thinking along these lines!

May the Creative Force be with you,

Arlene Wright-Correll
 
 

Carrots diced and dried will keep 2 years so stock up for cooking or surviving.

Carrots Diced and Dried

All natural and chemical free. Order your supply now.

Our Home Farm Herbery Carrots Diced and Dried is just the thing to use when you make pasta and breads, soups, on pizza, chicken and salads.   Our Carrots Diced and dried take up less room than cans in your pantry or in your freezer and they have a longer shelf life.   We love this about it but we love the flavor better.  We have been able to maintain a subtle, sweet and pleasant authentic carrot flavor in the taste and a great carrot aroma.

Gently air dried and carefully selected vegetables; No additives or preservatives; Non-GMO in our carrots and dehydrated vegetables maintain their high nutritive value with less nutrients lost, plus you can store for 1-2 years in your cupboard; No more wasted food.  Dehydrated foods save time and money; 16 ounces of dried carrots yields 84 ounce; When reconstituted.
To prepared your carrots as separate vegetable just Add 3 parts water to 1 part carrot. Allow Dehydrated Carrots to hydrate for about 20 minutes or until fully re-hydrated.

Did you know that the world's largest carrot weighing in at an astonishing 19 pounds was grown in Alaska in 1998?

This product comes with a free recipe card for wonderful Carrot Muffins.  Buy now!

2 oz sample pack is $6.95

4 oz is 11.95 or buy 3 four oz packages and get 1 free.  A $47.80 value for only $35.85 Buy today.

1 lb $29.95

5 lbs. $129.95

10 lbs. $249.95

50 lbs $679.00

 Buy now and we thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research H



 
 

Carrot, Paris Market Heirloom Organic seeds Today's special free shipping order now.

Carrot, Paris Market Heirloom Organic seeds

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 20 packages to sell.

Carrot, Paris Market AKA (Daucus carota) is a Nineteenth-century French heirloom. We really love these early round red-orange carrots, 1-2 inches in diameter, uniform and very sweet. This carrot does well in shallow or rocky soil and it can also be grown in containers! It is highly sought after by gourmet restaurants and a great seller at markets. 50-68 days.

Sow seeds outdoors 3-4 weeks before last spring frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Tamp soil firmly; keep bed moist until emergence. Germination is slow and uneven, so be patient. Using spun polyester row covers may improve germination rates.

200 seed package $7.95

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Carrot Scarlet Nantes Heirloom Organic seeds Order now

Carrot Scarlet Nantes Heirloom Organic seeds

At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 25 packages to sell.

Carrot Scarlet Nantes AKA (Daucus carota) (aka Early Coreless) Dates to the 1850s; original seed developed by Vilmorin in France. Cylindrical roots are 7 inch long with blunt tips. Fine-grained bright red-orange flesh is nearly coreless. It has great flavor, sweet and brittle. Good when used as baby carrots and it is excellent for freezing and juicing. This carrot is widely adapted and stores well.  Matures in 65-75 days.

Sow seeds outdoors 3-4 weeks before last spring frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Tamp soil firmly; keep bed moist until emergence. Germination is slow and uneven, so be patient. Using spun polyester row covers may improve germination rates.

100 seed Sampler $4.95

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Carrot, Little Fingers Heirloom Seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Order now

Carrot, Little Fingers Heirloom Seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

 At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom or (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 9 packages to sell, so buy yours today.

The Little Finger variety is very early carrot that grows 4 inch cylindrical roots. Tender, sweet midget variety can be densely planted.

55 days to Maturity

Approximately 200 seed sampler for $5.99

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Carrot, Danvers (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Heirloom seeds Order today


Carrot, Danvers (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Heirloom seeds

 At Home Farm Herbery we only plant Heirloom or (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Organic seeds and we save these seeds each year.  Often we have some extra and when that happens we are pleased to offer them to other health conscious gardeners and this year we have only 18 packages to sell, so buy yours today.

These heirloom seeds produced 7 to 7 ½ inches long, 2 to 2 ½ inches across, tapers to blunt end at Home Farm Herbery and they were uniform interior color.

We thought they were very tender and very sweet. This carrot stores well. Since a lot of our soil in KY is clay we know this does an outstanding job in heavier soils.
70 days to Maturity

Approximately 100 seed per package for $3.95

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




 
 

June 6th, 2013 Home Farm Herbery Newsletter

It’s that time of year again for outdoor grilling and fun with family and friends.
 
 
 

Home Farm Herbery chemical free, organic Famous Gourmet Baby Back Rib Dry Rub is another secret blend of herbs and spices by The Little Old Lady in The Flowered Hat. All ingredients are organically grown. This seasoning is so good for many, many fine meals and is great for a dry rub on any meat, chicken or fish.

We organically grow all the herbs here and the spices we buy are also certified organically grown.
 

Home Farm Herbery Famous Gourmet Baby Back Rib Dry Rub ingredients include brown sugar, kosher salt, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, & onion powder.
 

Rubs are better than marinades for large pieces of meat such as briskets and pork butts. For cuts such as these, the internal and external fat melts through the meat during cooking keeping it moist.  They also produce a wonderful, flavorful crust.

 
8 oz resealable package $11.99

16 oz resealable package $21.90
 

Either order comes with free shipping and a free, complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice. 

We thank you for buying our product. All our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
 
 
 
It is not too late to start some carrots in your garden.
Growing your own carrots is really easy to do. You do not need long rows of space.
 
Try growing carrots in a 6 foot by 4 foot space. 
 
Try growing different kinds with each row being a different kind of carrot. Have fun with carrots.
 
This is a great kids project.  Make each row a different carrot. 
 
You will be amazed at what you can grow and you will be delighted with the tastes.
 
Click on each link to see the different pictures of these great carrots.
 
 
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If you do not want the mess of wet brining that Turkey, chicken, wild bird or any kind of poultry then try our dry brine now.
 

Home Farm Herbery Dry Brine is great for any kind of poultry. This 4 oz. package is enough for a 14-16 pound turkey or four 4 pound chickens or several any other kinds of smaller birds including game birds you want to dry brine and it includes a free recipe card on how easy it is to do it.  

How does dry bringing work? The salt draws a tiny bit of moisture from the bird and opens the skin pores. This moisture mingles with the salt and works its way into the turkey muscles, seasoning the bird throughout through osmosis. It is much less awkward than brining with gallons of salt water and a lot less work! Once you try doing your poultry this way you will never go back to any other way.

 
Ingredients: Celtic Sea Salt, Organic Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Marjoram, Celery seed, bay leaves & black pepper.
 
4 oz. $8.99 or buy 3 and get 1 free.

 Each order receives free shipping a free complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice.

Buy today and we thank you in advance as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 

  


It’s still not too late to Plant Baby Bear Pumpkin Seeds
 

Baby Bear Pumpkin Seeds (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
 

At Home Farm Herbery we love these Baby Bear tiny pie pumpkins which are easy to grow. This is a tiny pumpkin that reaches up to 6" across and up to 2 pounds. The sweet orange flesh is great for pies and has tasty seeds. The plant is disease and frost tolerant with high yields of 10-20 fruits. The Baby Bear is an All-American Selections winner.

Cucurbita pepo 86% Germination rate 105 days from plant until harvest 99% Pure Country of origin USA (Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
 

This is a great little project to plant with your child or grandchild and you will not only grow wonderful little pie pumpkins you will grow memories!
 

We have a very limited supply of these beautiful pumpkin seeds and it comes with directions on how to save the seeds for next year provided you do not toast them and eat them all up!
 

Approx. 30 count seed pkg. $4.99 all orders are shipped free and all orders come with a free herb or herb blend of our choice.
 

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 

Everything You Wanted to Know About Carrots and More©

Everything You Wanted to Know About Carrots and More©

by Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery




The green thumb is twitching at Home Farm Herbery and those of us who have a greenhouse or hot beds or even sunny window sills are starting our seeds indoors and during our spare time we peruse the many seed catalogs that come in about this time of year.

Carrots are not sown indoors, but the pictures always look good in those catalogs. Yet many of us often decide not to plant them because they are one of the supermarkets cheapest veggies offered. However, they are also one of those year round root vegetables that come about 3000 miles from the west coast to get to the east coast and they are usually grown by big farms that use a lot of pesticides or even chemically engineered seeds.



Carrots can easily be grown in small gardens. I prefer the raised bed method, filled with fertile well-worked soil and about two weeks before our last frost date I sow some carrots. If you live in cool climates you can continue planting every three weeks until midsummer. Then towards the end of summer you can begin to sow seeds for fall and winter carrots 10 to 12 weeks before your average first fall frost.

When you are ready to plant and if you have raised beds make sure that the soil is at least 12 inches deep. You start by loosening the soil and thoroughly mixing in about 1 inch of mature compost or your organic fertilizer. This year I am going to get some worms to do my composting and try making vermicompost.

Prepare the planting bed by loosening the soil to at least 12 inches deep. Thoroughly mix in a 1-inch layer of mature compost or a half-inch layer of vermicompost which what earthworms leave behind and you can be sure this is great compost for carrots.

When you sow your seeds make sure you sow them about a quarter inch deep and 2 inches apart, in rows spaced at least 10 inches apart since carrots do well in double or triple rows. As the seedlings come up thin your seedlings to 4 to 6 inches apart, depending on the variety’s mature size.

I love all kinds of carrots and especially the kinds that are hard to find in our local markets. Here at Home Farm Herbery we sort of specialize in “dickering” around with organic and heirloom carrots and grow several different kinds and we also sell the seeds that come from them.

One of my personal favorite is the Paris Market Carrot (Daucus carota) which is a Nineteenth-century French heirloom. These are early round red-orange carrots, growing 1-2" in diameter, uniform and very sweet. I like the fact that it does well in shallow or rocky soil and it even can be grown in containers. These carrots are highly sought after by gourmet restaurants and a great seller at markets. They mature in 50-68 days. Consider getting some seed for your child and let them have a nice project growing some of these cuties in a big container.



Another carrot we have had good experience with is the Danvers Heirloom Carrot produces 7 to 7 ½ inches long, 2 to 2 ½ inches across carrots that taper to blunt and they are uniform interior color. We thought they were very tender and very sweet. This carrot stores well. Since a lot of our soil in KY is clay we know this does an outstanding job in heavier soils. It takes about 70 days to Maturity.



Another fun carrot to grow is the Little Finger variety is very early carrot that grows 4 inch cylindrical roots. Tender, sweet midget variety can be densely planted and they mature in 55 days. This is also a great carrot for a kid’s container project.



The Scarlet Nantes Carrot (Daucus carota) (aka Early Coreless) is another easy to grow carrot. It is an heirloom carrot and dates to the 1850s as its original seed was developed by Vilmorin in France. These carrots have cylindrical roots which are 7" long with blunt tips. It has a fine-grained bright red-orange flesh which is nearly coreless. We enjoy its great flavor which is sweet and brittle. These are really good when used as baby carrots. We found them to be excellent for freezing and juicing. Plus this carrot is widely adapted and stores well. It matures in 65-75 days.

Once you have sown and grown your carrots and let us not forget weeding, it will soon be time to harvest your spring-sown carrots and you simply pull or dig them when the roots reach mature size and show rich color. You will find that the taste improves as carrots mature. However, do not leave mature carrots in warm soil any longer than necessary. I have found that raised beds help to eliminate the many critters such as the hundreds of rabbits who live rent free at Home Farm Herbery and who like carrots.

If you sow carrots in the late summer to mature in cool fall soil, these can be left in the ground longer, but dig them out before the ground freezes to preserve their quality.



Always remove the carrot tops, leaving about a half inch of the green part to prevent moisture loss, rinse clean, and store in a refrigerator or cold root cellar. All the varieties I have mentioned will keep for several months in the bottom drawer of your fridge. Carrots also may be canned, pickled, dried or frozen. We even dehydrate them here at Home Farm Herbery. They are great to throw into soups.

Carrots are really good raw and great steamed; just don’t cook the heck out of them or any veggie for that matter. All veggies have good and bad points and here are the ones for carrots.

The good point is that carrots are very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. They are also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium. One serving of carrots has between 25 and 50 calories depending on the size serving or whether you add things to them.

The bad point is that a large portion of the calories in carrots come from sugars.

Did you know that carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and art work? No one seems to know exactly when the first carrots appeared because many people mistook them for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot.

When we think of carrots we tend to think of them as only being orange, but they can also be white, yellow, red, and purple.



For those of you who are Bugs Bunny fans you may be surprised to learn that Mel Blanc, the voice of the iconic cartoon character Bugs Bunny, reportedly did not like carrots!

Last but not least let us not forget Carrot Cake!



Carrot cake is always a favorite at Home Farm and one of the best carrot cake recipes is a Betty Crocker recipe that I have been using for years and I will share it with you.

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 large eggs

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated carrot

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Buttermilk Glaze or Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)



Preparation

Line 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with wax paper; lightly grease and flour wax paper. Set pans aside.

Stir together first 4 ingredients.

Beat eggs and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrot and next 3 ingredients. Pour batter into prepared cake pans.

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Drizzle Buttermilk Glaze evenly over layers; cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Here is the recipe for the Buttermilk Glaze that I found in Southern Living in 1997.

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring often, 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.

Here is the recipe for the cream cheese frosting that I also found in Southern Living in 1997.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

3 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.

I guess by now you know I really like carrots and I even like to paint pictures of them when I work in my art studio.



Tread the Earth Lightly



Arlene Wright-Correll

Get your Organic, Heirloom carrot seeds at Home Farm Herbery today.

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