Three slightly heaping cups of chopped onions will fill one dehydrator tray. 10 lbs. of onions will fill 10 trays. The trays have the plastic mesh liners to keep the onions from falling through as they dry and shrink. The onions are not blanched and are dried at 135 degrees. Drying time depends on several things - the kind of onion - the outdoor temperature and humidity - whether I am running the air conditioning or the heat in the apartment. And if I use one dehydrator or divide the trays between two. I keep a window open in the room where the dehydrators are in order to try to let the odors escape and that makes a difference as well. The onions in this batch were huge - 11 onions made up the 10 lbs., so the dices are a bit thicker than if the onions had been smaller. I use my Vidalia Food Chopper to dice the onions. One of the best investments in kitchen gadgets ever.
My grocery order was phoned in today. The store had frozen vegetables on sale. I am pretty well set with most, but am needing broccoli, so I ordered a dozen 1 lb. bags. I will keep one or two bags in the freezer for eating and dehydrate the rest.
Oldest Son's friend got a membership for Sam's Club. They went there yesterday to look around and picked up a couple of items for me in the process. When they got home, they brought over my items and we sat and talked for a while. We had talked earlier about ordering half a beef this fall. Son was telling me about what was available at Sam's. As much as I like the idea of ordering beef, I am not enamoured with writing a large check. Were I independently wealthy it would not bother me. I'm not. Plus the fact that included in an order would be several cuts of beef that I normally do not buy. I can most of the meat I buy, saving out a little to eat fresh. I checked out Sam's website and found Sam's carries everything I would normally buy. And the prices are reasonable. The more we discussed the pros and cons, the more it made sense to buy the beef we want , a little at a time, at Sam's. That way I can get just what I want in the amounts I want. And I can stay on budget.
So I spent part of today going through Sam's website and making out a list of what I need to get my food storage where I want it to be. The list includes items other than meat, like sugar and flour and oatmeal and rice as well as things like aluminum foil and freezer bags and toilet paper. And possibly a box or two of Little Debbie Nutty Bars. Or maybe a big bag of M & M's.
Life is always better if there is chocolate involved.
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