Posted on 30 September 2010 by tomatocasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
As the previous blog covered seed saving and seed tape there still exists a time-tested concept that every gardener knows.
You start out with good quality plants you end up with good quality produce.
This is a simple concept that is sometimes forgotten but is easily solved through proper choice of seeds to save.
Mother Nature has developed a beautiful system, which only chooses the perfect seeds. This process in a sense is natural selection or in this case human selection. We pick the most beautiful fruit that is prefect in every way for our salads, sandwiches, and sauces. This process can even be observed by the non-gardener by just watching people in the produce section sniff, squeeze, knock, and roll the produce.
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Posted on 26 October 2009 by tomatocasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
One of my favorite possessions at the moment is my food dehydrator.
I picked it up for only $7.50 at a garage sale.
It currently features 4 trays, and someday I can expand it up to 12 high.
I’ve been mainly drying apples this season, since I picked some for free and got a really good deal on another batch. Today, however, I decided to throw in a couple of tomatoes that I had on the counter.
As Hunter Angler Gardener Cook points out, “Getting 85-90 percent of that water out, which is what you need to properly preserve tomatoes (or anything, really) without cooking the tomato is tricky.”
A dehydrator is a good choice since many have temperature controls where you can set it low enough to dry without cooking – somewhere around 100-130 degrees. (Mine, unfortunately, is devoid of that feature.) Plan on keeping the tomatoes in the dehydrator for at least 8 hours to dry them out as needed.
A good choice for drying are Read the rest of this entry »