I sometimes get a little fixated on a specific food, usually something that someone else has cooked and shared with me. That happened recently when my friend Sarah brought me a jar of cranberry granola. And of course it wasn’t ordinary granola. It was made with lacto fermented cranberry relish and then dehydrated. So it’s not like I could just throw some together myself. There was special equipment and time involved. I thought about it for a few days, and then I decided that I had to order the “special equipment” myself. I ordered a Pickl-It jar to make the cranberry relish in, and a dehydrator. While I waited for my Pickl-It jar to arrive, my kids tested out the dehydrator on some pineapple and banana slices. I didn’t even have to help. Keats sliced everything up, read the directions (it’s very simple) and did everything himself. After a process of several days to prepare the cranberry relish, my granola is finally in the dehydrator now. I’ve been eating little bites of it, despite the fact that it isn’t dry yet. I really love cranberries and the tangy, spiciness of the relish. Added to granola, and then served on a bowl of yogurt, it’s really perfect in my opinion. Beatrix would disagree. She says it’s “too tart.” Now I have to figure out what else to make with the dehydrator because I’m sure there’s a whole new world of things to try. I was thinking that making some sort of jerky would be really good, especially when baseball season starts up this spring and I need lots of snack food. Can anyone recommend a good book of recipes for the dehydrator? I don’t really know where to start.
Oh, and look at those bananas hanging there! I ordered a set of banana hooks sort of impulsively, thinking that if they worked it would free up some pantry shelf space, and they do! They stick to the underside of the shelf and fold up when not in use. I didn’t believe they would stay stuck, but so far they have.