Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Are You High on Your Dehydrator?

Since I've been trying to eat (semi) Paleo I've been reading a number of blogs that talked about Paleo eating. I became interested in drying foods, especially kale and making kale chips. I had some really tasty kale chips -- don't laugh they were yummy! -- a couple of weeks ago. I found them on sale at a local grocery. Generally the packaged kale chips in New York City are over $7.00 a package. That seemed a ridiculous price to pay and in a moment of adventure/practicality/weakness I pushed the one-touch buy button on Amazon and now I am the proud owner of a dehydrator. I have yet to use it, but I am planning to inaugurate it this weekend. I saw some good tips on Pinterest, but would love any ideas you would have to share with a very novice dehydrator. I'm interested in both successes and less than successes. Before I buy that first batch of organic kale, I could use some real life experiences.  

I don't have any recipes to share today, but I hope one day to join "Dehydrator Recipes Thursday."

Life is quiet these days in Buttercupland. But with the coming of spring -- just a month away -- I feel the pulse of things picking up. Next week is a retirement party for a colleague of long standing -- the third in a month -- and next month one of my favorite cousins turns 50, and there's a fun party to look forward to. In April a dear friend has planned a visit to New York and theater weekend. Then there's Passover, Easter and spring flowers. I'm getting a little giddy just thinking about it all, and it's a sweet, sweet giddy. 

Wishes for a sweet, sweet giddy to you, too!       


Donna said...

My daughter makes kale chips on a regular basis but she uses the oven .. her girls love them and I do as well. We bought a dehydrator last fall and made delicious prunes. Our plum trees gave us masses of fruit.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've never had or used a dehydrator. So I'm no help there. I hope you have much success in using yours. Thoughts of Spring are wonderful!

Theresa said...

Oh girl, that actually sounds YUMMY to me:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Melinda said...

Enjoy your dehydrator.

Winter returned to the Midwest this morning and caused all sorts of problems! More to come this evening.

M :)

Lauren Davenport said...

Let us know how you get on with the dehydrator. I've never used one.

Nellie said...

We have only used our dehydrator for preserving fruits and vegetables, particularly the season when the harvest was plentiful. We haven't used it much in the past couple of years, and I would never have thought of making kale chips in one. I LOVE kale sauteed in the skillet with olive oil and garlic! That's my favorite!

Our spring will be a busy one, too, and it does bring about a bit of excitement.

Enjoy your Thursday evening!

Lynda said...

It looks like you certainly have your work cut out for you learning about this. I read some online and once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy it. I look forward to hearing your stories about your new snacks.