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Lean, mean dehydrating & granola-makin’ machine. . .

January 31, 2014

Granola batches three and four out of six are in the oven toasting. Three kilograms (6.6 lbs.) of hamburger mince is cooked and in the dehydrator. Later today, I plan on dehydrating some carrots. The dehydrated food has several benefits. First, it weighs heaps less that its original weight. Our space is tight on the plane, and since I pay for my cargo by weight, this lower weight is important. Second, when properly packed the dehydrated food last several weeks without spoiling ~ even without refrigeration. Because I have only been in Papua New Guinea less than three weeks when I head out to Walagu, I limited my choice of what I was dehydrating. Just hamburger mince and carrots this time. Normally, I would also dehydrate some chicken, and maybe some beef jerky. Those are usually the only meats that I dehydrate. I often try to dehydrate a great variety of vegetables and fruit so as to give a wider variety of choices in the village. However, we will only be in Walagu two and one half weeks, and we should be given some items from people’s gardens.

In recent years, I often worked with friends when doing my dehydrating. This is the first time in a long time that I worked this by myself. I realized that I have been a big, spoiled baby. Especially, recently, I could call Anne Smith, and plan a dehydrating day. We would work in her kitchen, and my dehydrator would be on her back porch, and often/most times she would then bundle it for me. Thanks a millions for all of those times, Anne! Others have also helped through the years, thank you to all of you also.
Here is my granola strategy. I make one batch, put in in a 9 x 13 pan. In the same bowl with the same measuring instruments, I make the second batch, and into a second 9 x 13 pan. Then I make a small batch of baked oatmeal with the same bowls, etc. The baked oatmeal gets baked first. Then the granola goes into the oven to toast. I get a meal of baked oatmeal right away, and some leftovers for later. And only one set of utensils to wash. Sometimes I even amaze myself! 🙂

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