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There is a lot of pineapple weed tea in my future. During a drought, it's one reliable plant you can count on to still grow!
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I picked the pineapple weed along the road here. You can see it on the sides.
I picked the pineapple weed along the road here. You can see it on the sides.
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1 pound fresh
1 pound fresh
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Dried pineapple weed (via solar dehydrator) in their containers
Dried pineapple weed (via solar dehydrator) in their containers
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I foraged rose hips, and dried them in the dehydrator.  This is a first for me, and I was very surprised how good they smelled in the dehydrator.  Such a sweet fruity aroma.
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Rose hips in the wild.
Rose hips in the wild.
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Harvesting.
Harvesting.
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Empty weight.
Empty weight.
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The harvest weighing in over 2.19 lbs.
The harvest weighing in over 2.19 lbs.
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Cleaned up a bit, still over 2 lbs.
Cleaned up a bit, still over 2 lbs.
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Into the dehydrator.
Into the dehydrator.
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Out of the dehydrator.
Out of the dehydrator.
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In labeled quart jar, plus some extra.
In labeled quart jar, plus some extra.
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I still think 20 lbs of apples is an absurd amount of work to equate to 1 lb of herbs, but I did it. It hadn't been attempted in 7 pages of bb submissions, and I wanted to try something new. I've dried mint before. I could collect and prepare 1 lb of mint in under an hour. 20 lbs of apples... took me 2 days.
I collected 50 lbs from what I think was once an orchard? It's public land now, a popular deer hunting location due to the many overgrown apple trees. I think I walked about 3 miles total? Carried the apples from a half mile in, 3 times. The largest bag had 20 lbs of apples, so I washed, cored, and arranged them in our old (at least 20 years, longer than I can remember) electric dehydrator. About 2-3 lbs would go in at a time, at least until they started to shrink, and then I squeezed them together and added more. I put them into a glass jar we use with this machine (the "sacred jerky jar!") and then a much less sacred leftover tub, and then the rest went into a bowl for immediate snacking. They're good! I would make more, except my hands are a little cut up right now and my quail are getting sick of apple cores, so maybe later. Or I might use them for something else, baking?
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apple tree
apple tree
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20 lbs
20 lbs
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filling dehydrator
filling dehydrator
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sacred jar
sacred jar
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finished apples
finished apples
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I foraged over 5 lbs of mushrooms and dried and stored them.  It took three separate foraging expeditions because the Chanterelles were not super abundant, but luckily I found a giant Western Cauliflower that pushed me over the 5 lb goal!

Here are the weights (3.35 + 1.744 = 5.094 lb):
  • Chanterelle (0.748 + 0.952 + 1.65 = 3.35 lb)
  • Western Cauliflower (1.744 lb)
  • Oyster (forgot to weigh)
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    Chanterelle in the wild.
    Chanterelle in the wild.
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    Chanterelle harvest #1.
    Chanterelle harvest #1.
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    Chanterelle harvest #2.
    Chanterelle harvest #2.
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    Chanterelle harvest #3.
    Chanterelle harvest #3.
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    Chanterelle going into dehydrator.
    Chanterelle going into dehydrator.
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    Western Cauliflower in the wild.
    Western Cauliflower in the wild.
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    Western Cauliflower harvest.
    Western Cauliflower harvest.
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    Western Cauliflower going into dehydrator.
    Western Cauliflower going into dehydrator.
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    Final dried mushrooms in sealed and labelled jars.
    Final dried mushrooms in sealed and labelled jars (1 gallon, half gallon, quart).
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    I foraged up some river mint last summer at WL
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    in the wild
    in the wild
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    1st tare
    1st tare
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    1st half lb
    1st half lb
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    2nd tare
    2nd tare
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    2nd heavy half pound
    2nd heavy half pound
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    dry and done
    dry and done
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    I collected pineapple weed at WL last summer!
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    In the wild
    In the wild
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    1st tare
    1st tare
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    1st half pound
    1st half pound
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    2nd tare (this time I got smart and brought the scale with me)
    2nd tare (this time I got smart and brought the scale with me)
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    2nd half lb
    2nd half lb
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    done and dry
    done and dry
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    This past autumn, the patch of wild roses I made tea from had a bumper crop of rose hips, so I wandered down into the ditch and, with some difficulty, picked enough of them to dry for tea! The timing was good, as I was down to my last few dried hips from the last time I went out to harvest them a number of years back.
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    Harvesting rose hips
    Harvesting rose hips
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    Weighing rose hips
    Weighing rose hips
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    Drying & storing rose hips
    Drying & storing rose hips
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