Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I thought about calling this my Dehydrator Edition, since I have been keeping it busy lately. We picked up some Jonathan apples at the farmer’s market, and I dried quite a few of those. Apples are so easy to dry, you just slice them and put them right on the dehydrator trays.
The end result is 100% apple, and great for snacking. We use a lot of ours in hot and cold cereals too. We will no doubt pick up more local apples as the harvest season progresses. After drying I seal them up using the FoodSaver and then stick them in the freezer. They don’t need to be frozen of course, but I do find they keep longer that way.
I’ve also been drying a lot of peppers. I began with the jalapenos I smoked to turn into chipotles. I leave the peppers whole for the chipotles, and with the thick walls of the jalapeno peppers it means they take longer to dry. Last year I turned some into Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, so it’s nice to have them whole for that use. I will grind some of them up into powder too.
Many of the paprika peppers are ripening about now, and I’ve been drying them too. I’m growing several new ones this year, including Leutschauer, PCR and Boldog. All have some degree of heat, with Leutschauer being medium hot and the other two having just a bit of heat.
The Leutschauer peppers have thin walls, and my one plant is vigorous and loaded with peppers.
PCR Paprika looks a bit like the Feher Ozon pepper, though perhaps a bit bigger. The plants are definitely bigger, though not as big as the Leutschauer pepper. These peppers have thick walls, and should make a lot of paprika for that reason alone.
The Boldog pepper reminds me of the Dulce Rojo paprika peppers I’ve been growing for several years now. They are thin-walled and dry quickly.
I cut the paprika peppers in half and remove the seeds before drying. They all dried up nicely, and it looks like I should have plenty of them to make paprika with this year! The plants still have peppers on them, and more should ripen before our first frost. That’s the dried Leutschauer peppers in the below photo. I tasted one of the dried ones and they are spicy hot for sure.
And I was excited to cut the first of the fall broccoli last week. Actually it’s a brockali called Artwork, and though the main heads are small they are a sign of things to come since the side shoots will start developing now. The other fall broccoli plants are getting big, but there’s no sign of any more heads just yet.
My last harvest today is not for eating, at least not this year. I saved seeds from the Champagne Cherry tomatoes, letting them ferment for a few days. After that I rinse them off and put them on a paper coffee filter to dry. They don’t stick to the filter paper, and are easy to scrape off and package up. These are a tasty little tomato, and I will try and remember to share some of these seeds and any other interesting ones I have saved later on this year.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!