Dehydrating dairy products
I have read that you can dehydrate cottage cheese and sour cream, but they say it only keeps for 1 week out of the frig and 6 months in the frig. I want it for long-term storage only. I dry everything very dry and vacuum pack all my dehydrated food, do you think this would help to keep it good for long term?
No. I would not try to dehydrate cottage cheese or sour cream. Sorry. There are a few foods that I buy dehydrated from preparedness companies and these are two of them. — Jackie
Sometimes I am afraid to eat my fruit or vegetables raw because I am afraid I didn’t get all the bugs, eggs, dirt, etc. washed off of them. Is there any harm in eating a little of those things? Some of our mulberries have some spots on them that are swollen and are light in color. Do you know what that is? Are they safe to eat? Some of our blackberries have some light tannish/whitish drupelets on them. Do you know what is causing that? Are they safe to eat?
I’ve never heard of anyone getting sick from home-raised vegetables and fruits (but I have heard of several cases of people getting sick from eating store-bought foods). We all take good care of our gardens and I’m sure you clean your foods well enough to make them safe to eat. I’m not sure what the spots on your mulberries are, but I doubt that they would cause problems if you ate them. The light tannish drupelets on the blackberries are usually ones that did not pollinate right. I eat them all the time. No problem. If we knew all the insects and insect parts, rodent dung, and hair we consumed eating store-bought food (along with tons of chemicals) it’d make eating home-raised, clean foods oh-so-much better! Don’t worry and enjoy! — Jackie
I’ve been reading your book “Starting Over.” What a great book! My husband commented after reading just a few pages, “Shirley, you could have written this.” I enjoy so many of the same things you do. I would like some input on the Victorio Strainer please. I have trouble getting my blueberries to smash up enough to make juice out of them. Any hints? p.s. Your cookbook is amazing also.
Thanks, Shirley. I love my Victorio Strainer! If you pre-simmer your blueberries, the skins pop and let out more juice. The Strainer will remove the seeds and skins nicely and you’ll have lots of juice. — Jackie