This past weekend has been busy with company, housework, yard work and dehydrating.
Potatoes was first on the agenda for the dehydrator as we were given soooo many and we really don't eat that many of them in the summer. Our diet consists mostly of salads and fresh vegetables during the warmer months with a few bbq's tossed in but in the winter our diet changes quite drastically. The body needs substance during the long, cold Minnesota winters. Stews, soups, casseroles and meat and potato meals are the norm. With dehydrated potatoes, it is easy to toss them into the stews and soups that are usually bubbling away in the crock-pot each day.
So yesterday was spent peeling, cutting and popping them in the Excalibur......all 50 pounds worth! The potato chips I mentioned here, did not turn out as planned but I have a few other ideas I will try and will definitely let you know if they turn out....they won't go to waste though as I will use them in the same way as the other dried potatoes.
I find this type of work is very satisfying...I'm not sure if it is the rhythmic peeling and slicing of the potatoes, the friends who kept me company and enjoyed a cup of coffee while I was busy or the comforting idea that slowly, the pantry will be re-stocked. Whatever the reason, tasks such as these make me happy.
Today is errand day....groceries, banking and of course I have to check out the thrift stores so I better get at it. The sun is beginning to rise and I still have to go for my morning hike. Have a great day everyone and remember to give your loved ones a hug!