A different way to store ‘em!

At the weekend, I’d been wondering about this last year’s Jerusalem artichokes, which is when it had occurred to me that I could dry them in the dehydrator.

It does actually say in the instructions that the dehydrator can be used to make health snacks and certainly the sliced Jerusalem artichoke tubers were rendered quite palatable by the process of removing the moisture from them. The carrot I added to fill up the trays, in order to get maximum benefit from the machine being switched on, were still tastier, though.

However, I don’t have to eat all the a Jerusalem artichoke crisps in one go, do I? In fact, that would probably lead to gastric difficulties that I would definitely not be blogging about!

Suffice to say, now I have dipped my toe in the crisp-making water, I think we will be indulging with other root vegetables in the near future. At this time of year, we tend to get a build-up of them, since we have the vegetable share from our local organic farm each week. And there are only so many carrots we can face as well.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to A different way to store ‘em!

  1. Eating all the crisps in one go would probably lead to an arti-choke

  2. Jackie B says:

    We used to grow them. Very tasty but I remember the side effects well!

  3. Karen says:

    Perhaps like a vitamin…only one a day. 😊

  4. gaiainaction says:

    That’s real cool Helen, fancy making your own snacks like that. Yes the carrots would probably be tastier.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve got another load on the go at the moment. We’ve got so much food coming in and then not being able to get through it all….

      • gaiainaction says:

        That sounds good Helen. You make your garden work for you.

        • Helen says:

          Oh, the vegetables aren’t mine. I am part of a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme, so get an amount each week, which right now is too much for our needs.

          I’ve more or less given up growing annual vegetables myself. My sandy loam soil is too dry in this climate and I can’t add enough organic matter without buying in, as I don’t have the space/animals to provide it all. So, now I am moving as far as possible into (native) perennials.

          • gaiainaction says:

            That sounds nice too Helen, yes we have to adjust to our soil, our garden and what we have. Mind you I too have added a few more shrubs in my garden, it is nice. Great that you have such a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme, never heard of that here.

          • Helen says:

            I should think there will be CSAs in Ireland as well but I hadn’t heard of such a scheme until I moved here and discovered the nearby farm.

          • gaiainaction says:

            I must check that out, however where I am in Ireland is extremely remote and most farms are dairy farms. For the rest there is the tourist industry around here. The land is not tilled much, mostly useful for grass and so cattle, or at least that is what it appears like.

          • Helen says:

            The CSA I buy from is actually on an animal farm (pigs, sheep, cattle and hens/chickens). The vegetables are grown in the walled garden – the farm is on land which was once part of a coal mine owner’s estate. However, the soil around here is brilliant for rhubarb (hence, possibly, why this area is known as the Rhubarb Triangle) and you do see other arable crops but with sandy loam soil, which tends towards acid side, animal husbandry is easier, I think.

          • gaiainaction says:

            Interesting Helen. Yes here the soil is also quite acid in general and some of the areas just grow bracken and heathers, but grass too grows excellent around here.

          • Helen says:

            No doubt why there is so much dairy!

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