I think that sometimes a stretch of sub-zero weather may put us into hibernation mode. At least that seems to have been the case here in my frozen corner of the world. Not much has happened except with a crochet hook, yarn and some lovely naps under a green fuzzy blanket.
I did manage to do some dehydrating. The coleslaw mix and sweet corn came out just fine. The peas...not so much.
I have had problems in the past with dehydrating peas. Before I got a dehydrator with a thermostat, peas would come out looking like the centers of each pea were missing, leaving just an outer shell. Even with the newer dehydrator, peas didn't always dry well. But being one who doesn't give up easily, I thought I would give it one more go.
Followed the instructions to the letter. Rotated the trays halfway through the drying cycle as is necessary with my style of dehydrator with the heating element and fan in the lid. At that stage the peas were looking good - drying nicely.
Later when I went to remove the dried peas from the trays I found that each and every tray had developed small areas of mold. I don't know why.
I had to toss the whole works. Sigh.
I do believe I will be either canning or freezing peas from now on.
On the bright side, although it is snowing again, the temperature here in Minnesota is finally above zero. The weather guessers tell us that in a weeks time we may see close to 40 degrees. Above. Zero.
Dig out the sun block and flip flops. We're having a Heat Wave. :)