Had me a nice, relaxing weekend. Our weather has been warm, with temps hitting the 90 degree mark. I was happy to discover the central air conditioning for my building has been turned on. We Minnesotans tend to melt at anything over 85 degrees, wimps that we are. I have been turning off the air and opening windows at night when the temp goes down around the 60 degree mark. Lovely sleeping weather.
Went into slug mode on Saturday. Just pottered about with this and that. Got my grocery order ready for tomorrow when the nice lady calls for it. She has a sense of humor and likes to chat for a bit, which makes for a pleasant break in the day. I really don't need to order much as my pantry is nearly full, so I'm filling in with staples like more salt, oatmeal, canned salmon, tuna, etc.
Now that my shelves are sorted out and I can see at a glance what I have for home canned food, I can better tell what I need to can this summer and fall. Duane stopped in (I needed a tall person to get a box of dehydrated tomatoes off the top shelf.) and we went over the list for the Farmer's Market again, keeping in mind that shelf space is now at a premium. His apartment is smaller than mine, but he said that he would do some rearranging to try to fit in a shelf for more canned food. That would help.
A while back I connected on Facebook with a guy I went to school with. He is a Vietnam Vet and a retired cop. He knows more about what is going on around us than I do, so he messages me articles he finds that keep me up to speed, as much as I can be, anyway. He calls me now and then and we brag on our various kids and grands and talk prepping and the state of insanity we now live in. We talked a bit today of the latest terrorist attack in London. It is just a matter of time until we are in the same boat as England. I wish our government would care as much about keeping us safe as it does about scoring political points. By the time the politicians figure that out, it may be too late.
In my quest for more storage space, I came up with a brilliant idea. Well, OK. Someone else thought of it and I am copying it. I have been dehydrating lots of vegetables for long term storage because when dried, they take up much less space than canned. I saw where some were grinding dehydrated vegetables into powder which reduces them even more. So I experimented first with dried tomatoes by running them through my blender and then through a wire mesh strainer to take out the bits that wouldn't grind down any further. Worked like a charm. I tested the powder by adding a bit of water until I had a passable tomato paste. More water gave me tomato sauce. The leftover bits I stored in a jar separate from the powder to toss into soup, stew, etc. I reduced the dried bell peppers I had to a powder and can add that to any number of dishes for flavor. I think it would be good sprinkled on a salad or in scrambled eggs, omelets, etc. Tomorrow I will powder some more tomatoes and some onions as well.
So that was the extent of my excitement here in my little corner of the world. Quiet. Peaceful. No stress. Just the way I like it.
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