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I slice the shrooms at 1/8" but they can be sliced up to 1/4"...I like to crumble them into soups etc... when using thicker slices...I like to rehydrate in warm water and discard the water...really mushroomy earthyness...IE muddy tasting..Dehydrating takes the muddy flavor, andthe slimeyness out of the mushrooms...They take on a whole new attitude...Leathery,and smooth flavored
Tomato...This is prolly one of my best kept secrets...Tomato powder is one of the best thickeners in the world...(In my opinion) for chili, dark soups/stews...Pizza sauce,Spaghetti sauce...AND MOST OF ALL.....
It also is prolly the most wonderfull heat mellowing ingredient to PURE PEPPER POWEDERS It takes the brutal hit off of them and allows the true flavorof thedry peppers to shine thru
When drying them, keep in mind that the heels and butts you cut off when sling them are the best part...No seeds and lots of skin...Over ripe fruits have the best flavor
(Think end of the season garden) I usually cut them Like I'm making a cant of lumber (cut itlike you want a square center section) skin side down in the dryer...Makes for less mess and keeps more of the juice for better flavor
Garlic...MMMM GARLIC...Once you have tried this...you may never buy it again...I buy Garlic in 3 to 5# tubs for pickling and for my pickles, and when doing large batches of rub...I keep the left overs in the fridge until they start to get soft/mushy...but not rotten...This is the peak of mellow Garlic goodness
I slice the larger cloves at 1/8 to 1/4" and just cut the smaller ones in half...Your ginder will thank you for it, plus they dry faster and more evenly.
With garlic, onion, radishes, celery dry them until you think they are done...Tkae out larger chunk or 2 ...Let them cool...after cooling to room temp. give them a crumble between your fingers...if they bend but don't break they are not done...toss back in...If these guys aren't good and dry they WILL gum up in thegrinder and make annoying rock hard balls in the jars/shakers...These can be fixed...just get out a plate or plastic lid, dump the whole container out on it...Pop it in the dryer for a couple of hours...When the balls crumble in your fingers when tryingto pick them up your good to go