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9/23/09 12:01 P

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Hmmm . . . sounds like I might have to give that a try some chilly day when the kitchen needs warmed up! Thanks ladies!
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9/23/09 11:30 A

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That sounds about right, EUPHROSYNEA. She also told me that she left the oven door cracked open just SLIGHTLY, to allow the moisture to escape.

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9/23/09 11:04 A

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I don't know about cranberries, but maybe it's the same as tomatoes? For dried tomatoes you heat the oven to 200 degrees and let them bake 6 to 10 hours.

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9/23/09 10:58 A

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I've used the bottled kind but not the packaged dry ones. I will look next time I go to the store.
I have not been able to find dried cranberries that have no added sugar. After hearing of your landlady using her oven - I might give that a try. Did she give you any specifics like temp/time/technique?
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9/20/09 8:18 P

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I have a dehydrater also... I like it, but it is too small also. My landlady says she just uses her oven. Just have to buy some mesh racks. She gave me a WHOLE BUNCH of dehydrated cranberries that she dried herself. No sugar! They are really delicious. Just a little tart. Perfect. YUMMY!
I love banana chips, but I won't buy them from the store anymore. I think they cover them in oils and sugar. They really don't need anything added. I made my own from organic bananas, just dipped them in some lemon juice before drying. MMMMM! They were sweet without adding anything.


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9/20/09 8:06 P

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Thanks for the dried tomato idea; I just forgot all about that one. I have a dinky little dryer that someone gave me--someday, when...anyway, I'd like to have one of those big-I-can't-remember-its-name (is it Excalibur or something like that?) one.

It's too late for my tomatoes this year; they're all picked and made into sauce. Next year I'm going to plant a lot more and dry some as well...oh yum yum!!

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9/18/09 2:16 P

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Yep. It works now...

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9/18/09 2:00 P

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Oh, that's strange... It worked for me when I clicked it. But I erased the link and tried again. Does it work now?

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9/18/09 2:00 P

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Oh, I've been in Walmart's that carry produce. Some are okay and in others its pretty bad. Then again, I was on a work trip in northern North Dakota where all of the food at the Walmart was much better than anything at the one tiny grocery store in town...

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9/18/09 1:52 P

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I have dried fruits, but not tomatoes. Yeah! Let us know how it goes... also, the link doesn't work.

No. Walmart has some groceries. No produce of any kind, though... like you said, though. I'm not sure I would want to buy my produce from Walmart. They offer really cheap prices on a lot of things, but to offer the cheapest prices on food... well, it would make me wonder. WHERE did it come from, WHY is it so cheap, WHO grew it, WHAT did they spray on it? You know what i mean...

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9/18/09 1:45 P

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We grew a lot of tomatoes this year, and I am planning to dry them myself. I think I will use this guide: www.dinnerplanner.com/sun_dried_toma
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I've never done this before, will let you know how it went :)

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9/18/09 1:27 P

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Yeah, I can grocery shop in WalMart. You can't?

Oh, sorry! Misread. There are 2 aisles of produce here.

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9/18/09 1:26 P

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Huh? Does your Walmart carry produce? That sounds so WEIRD! LOL!

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I agree!

The store near where I live is a smaller version of the grocery store about 8 miles away, across the street from our SuperWalMart. It's a Super HEB-they carry EVERYTHING-including my spag squash & eggplant.

I've learned NOT to buy ANY fruits and tomatoes at WalMart. NO flavor at all-they almost taste as though they've been frozen then thawed out. Fruits & veggies I buy at HEB. Our Super HEB you can buy furniture & electronics now. emoticon Totally ridiculous! Why can't grocery stores just carry food items emoticon emoticon

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9/18/09 11:05 A

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That's just wrong! Granted, I'm particular where I buy spag squash, because some local stores have better quality ones than others...

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No eggplant or spag squash?!!! (gasp)

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Thanks, everyone!!

The grocery store near me doesn't carry them-nor do they carry eggplant and spag squash! So tomorrow I'll go to WalMart.

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9/18/09 9:37 A

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I also buy the dry ones. Sometimes they are in the produce section, sometimes with the Italian foods, and sometimes with the canned tomato products.

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9/17/09 11:31 P

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I prefer the dry ones, too. They have a great flavor. Its very different from a fresh tomato. I was having trouble finding them dry for a while, so when I did find them I bought a lot. They're well sealed, so they'll keep.

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9/17/09 11:16 P

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I buy mine dried. Sometimes when I see them in the cupboard I grab one just to chew on. They are YUMMY! A little bit sweet (from being dried I guess)
They are great chopped up and added to pasta or quinoa. I like to have cooked whole wheat pasta, add a little olive oil, maybe some sea salt and pepper. Add some diced mozza or sprinkle some FRESH parmesan and add chopped sun dried tomatoes. THEN, serve some cooked scallops or shrimp on top!!! YUMMY!

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9/17/09 10:55 P

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You can buy sun-dried tomatoes. They come packed in oil or dry in packages, sort of like dried fruit. Sometimes I find them in produce. Other times they're with the other things that are in jars - even the ones that aren't in jars.

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I want to make the Easy Black Bean Hummus
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What exactly IS a sundried tomato? Something I can buy? If so, would it be in the produce dept? Or do I set out a tomato in the sun and dry it emoticon ?

I honestly don't know anything about this tomato. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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