Next Summer’s Garden

27 Dec

As we’re really into winter now, I’m dreaming of next summer’s garden.

Sky where I want to put my herb garden addition

One of the things that has really got me thinking about what I want to plant is the desire to eat healthier.  It is crazy to see how much sodium is in so-called healthy vegetarian foods.

Vegetable stock alone has crazy amounts of salt.  So I have been playing to see what I can make on my own.  Because the pandemic has made canning flats ridiculously expensive, I decided to go with powders.  I’ve been dehydrating veggies.

I’ve been powdering those dried veggies.

beet powdered in the coffee grinder

carrot, tomato, and celery powders

And mushrooms too!

drying portobello mushrooms too

for a beefy flavor

I’ve mixed them with herbs and spices.

So far I’m pleased with them, but I might want to make some little changes to the mixes yet. I am definitely going to have to plan the garden around my vegetable bouillon (and seitan) needs.

And just because it’s winter and I like to grow things, I decided to plant the potato I grew last summer.

It’s actually sprouting now.  There’s just a peek of green through the dirt.

potato pot and Bob

Although, I did have to move the pot because some cat was being a pain.

9 Responses to “Next Summer’s Garden”

  1. WolfSong December 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm #

    I love the idea of making home grown stock powder! What a great idea… 🙂

  2. Jeanne December 27, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

    I’m going to have to show this post to my daughter. She has dehydrated quite a few things, and loves to experiment. – For Christmas dinner, she made a pumpkin cheesecake, sort ot following a recipe we had, but since her diet is so limited, she made enough changes, that she can eat it. It was good that day, but even better the next day.

    If you make more changes to what you’ve started with, please share. I think you’ve made a great start!

    • Teresa December 27, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

      The beef base is the hardest. I’m still working on it.

  3. hocuspocus13 December 27, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

    I’m going to try beet root powder I sometimes have a hard time finding it in the store … hopefully it’s not too difficult

    • Teresa December 27, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

      It was super easy peasy to make. I just peeled and sliced the beets and put them on the dehydrator until they were crispy. Then I broke them up and ran them through the coffee grinder.

  4. Eileen Wise December 28, 2020 at 3:53 am #

    It is great to have ingredients to make you own stock. My hubby is watching his salt intake right now. Cute photos of Sky and Bob! Take care, have a happy new week!

  5. janicead December 28, 2020 at 10:03 am #

    Hubby had put out about 3 sprouted potatoes last spring/late winter. He apparently missed one when he ‘harvested’. It sprouted and yesterday he dug up two potatoes from it!

    • Teresa December 28, 2020 at 10:34 am #

      What a fun surprise!

      • janicead December 28, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

        Yes, it was. We have a ‘worm farm’ that yields soil. I do not usually sift so may get a few seeds of unknown variety. We do get surprises every year!

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