As the old saying goes, when the cat’s away, the mice will play.
While I was busting my ass moving that old cast iron stove into the garage the other day I had to move a bunch of crap to make room for it.
I ran across a couple of items that I have literally had for at least a dozen years now that I have been packing around and hiding from myself that were still brand new, in the box.
A NESCO food dehydrator and a couple of extra trays.
A quick internet search tells me you can still get the identical model for around fifty bucks.
I know I paid at least that much for it 12 years ago.
Well there are scads and scads of Youtube videos on using these things and like I said, The Wifely Unit ain’t here to tell me NO right at the moment so after watching several instructionals, off to Wally World I go.
I made the mistake of going up there with my belly rumbling but I am quite proud of myself because I took a list of shit with me and only came home with 2 extra things that weren’t on it.
A package of Johnsonville Spicy Brats and 2 bags of the cat litter she buys.
The first because I freaking LOVE those brats and the second because we had to go to 2 different stores the other day because they were out of that cat litter, plus I could actually reach it.
I also purchased . ahem. multiple of some of the smaller items because it pisses me off to see her buy one freaking package of shit like Taco Seasoning at $0.28 fucking cents when you can get 8 of the damn things and stick them in the drawer.
I’m funny like that.
Anyway, back to the purpose of the post here.
While I was up there I bought 4 little packages of Raspberries.
Fresh, not frozen.
I also looked for the little screens that go inside the trays for this dehydrator but no luck. Internet here I come. Those stupid little things aren’t cheap, either.
I’ll get some though, eventually.
Since I got that stupid dishwasher going again I opened everything up and stuck the trays in there and gave them a bath, just for good measure.
Then I washed and dried the berries and started in.
Once I got it all set up I set the lid down and plugged it in for 125 degrees.
The instructions say 135 but all the Youtubes said the lower temp helps with the nutritional value not being lost, it just takes longer.
Like there is a ton of nutrition in a few Raspberries but whatever.
So hopefully they will be done before The Wifely Unit gets home.
If not, it is what it is.
The way I see it, those stupid Raspberries were just shy of $4 a package right now. I can see $6 six months from now the way things are going.
They should be easy enough to practice with and if they turn out OK the I have plans to start working my way up to bigger and better things.
One of the items on my list when I hit Wally World was one of these to help me out here.
Since I still have that vacuum sealing set up I made out of a vacuum pump, some copper line, a ball valve and an old pressure canner, I should be able to vacuum seal these dehydrated goods into canning jars when I get enough for a run and really have some food storage capabilities.
Something else The Wifely Unit has absolutely zero interest in.
She has never been truly hungry in her life, it’s pretty obvious.
If it ever happens to you, God Forbid, it is something you never, ever, forget.
I have been there and I can pretty sincerely recommend against experiencing it if at all possible.
That’s why I consider it part of my responsibility as a husband and father to see to it that it never happens to them.
Whether they like it or not.