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Re: Applestar's 2015 Tomato (and Pepper and Eggplant) Garden

Even though I am enthusiastic about growing tomatoes, a wrinkle has existed because DH has only shown interest in eating a slice or two of only the GREAT tasting bigger tomatoes in a sandwich a couple of times a week.

But I have discovered DH's weakness -- dehydrated tomato chips. :-()

I made some a few days ago, using all four trays in the new dehydrator and yielding a 1 quart glass bowlful (Pyrex with tight sealing lid). I gave him one small piece to taste and he irresistibly finished the bowl in two days. :()

...I made some more today... 8)
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Subject: Self Watering Container and Sub-irrigated Planter

This was from October 5:
applestar wrote:Eggplant SIP as of today.
A Hari eggplant I'm hoping to collect seeds from, and the Pea eggplant blooming at the top of 10ft stems:

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...and today, I FINALLY got around to processing the seeds -- the fruit was getting browned and soft for about a week already....
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Dehydrated tomatoes sounds fantastic. They must taste similar to sundried tomatoes. Dehydrated tomatoes will be my next adventure.

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I promise you won't regret it. :D So pretty, too when made with different colored fruits. I peel the skin and save the seeds from the top and bottom pieces, but keep the skin, gel and seeds in the equatorial slices for the stained glass effect.

I can't get to the next step which would be cooking with these. They disappear too fast :roll:

Dehydrated cherry tomatoes are not as popular, though they can taste like raisins if dehydrated to soft shriveled stage and kept in the refrigerator. I tried a batch that I soaked in chianti, then dehydrated and that was kind of yummy. 8) There's too much skin and they can get rock hard when dehydrated crisp. I suppose one way to work with them after that is to try soaking them in olive oil.

I did take about 1/4 cup of the hard cherry tomatoes and ground them up into powder in my coffee grinder designated for spice grinding.

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Ground up dehydrated cherry tomatoes would be great to cook with.
Soaked in Chianti sounds good too. Reminds me of the Jose Cuervo cake recipe. I can just picture you downing a few of those Chianti tomatoes and dancing around the kitchen.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the "walk" through your garden, amazing range of colors, shapes, sizes and surely flavors!!!!

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Hello Duh_Vinci old friend! Thank you so much :D

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Cheers Applestar!

I'm not even sure where and how small my garden would be this year - but indeed will have something for sure (haven't had a garden in 3 years), so I'm excited!

You, however have exploded with varieties and looks like utilizing every square foot available - great job!!!

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Beautiful garden I like the woodshavings as mulch it looks really pretty! You take good pictures as well!
Mmmmm and dehydrated tomatoes, I must buy a dehydrator! Some home made herbal salt to sprinkle on top before drying them *droool*. Haha my mouth is actually watery now. :()



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