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@Rain Country I thought so, I will be doing more research on the honeysuckle. I know people make honeysuckle jelly and syrup with the flowers. There is also tea blends with honeysuckle out on the internet for sale. We have about a 30 foot or so fence line that is covered in honeysuckle and would like to utilize it if I can.
It does grow wild around here and I had read about it and considered it before. Though I do like to forage now and then, it is more for the sake of just getting out of the house and doing something different when time allows (which these days is not much). I can grow so many great herbs and greens right here on my own property for both their health and medicinal properties - more than we can actually use in a year, that I really do not need to go out and get more.
Thank you, these are great ideas. Right now nutritious weeds are growing well here in zone 10, so I am drying nettles, cleavers, and other greens. If my son wants to eat some pasta (which I consider not healthy), he has to eat some green powder in a bit of plain grassfed yogurt. Richt now I am giving him commercial organic moringa and alfalfa, but I am making my own soon.
Thanks for the video! Do you guys grow and preserve any legumes from your garden? This could be a potentially great way to store high amounts of protein, and calories all year long. just curious why more people don't grow climber beans, kidney beans etc... and how to best store them all year.thanks! again!
*Do you think the dandelion leaves & roots would still be good to dehydrate after they're frozen by the snow?
What is the reason for leaving head space when dry packing?* This is SUCH an EXcellent way to hide GOOD STUFF that your family wouldn't ordinarily want to eat. LOL! I LOVE it!!!
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Around here, the whole upper part of the plant dies back in the fall but I believe the root to still be fine. I did them up once the new growth starts coming up. Remember the video I did a year and a half ago about digging up the roots and the size of the roots I got? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy0IsQ5a2hE&t=75s
If you don't leave some head space, the jar does not seal properly. I may seem to seal initially but will quickly lose its seal
Thanks so much for this video! I love greens, but with my short bowel syndrome and crohns disease, I cant digest them. Plus they can cause bowel obstructions because my body can no longer break them down and absorb them. So I really cant reap the benefits of the greens. I have learned through the years that the smaller the food particles the better my body can break them down and absorb them. So your dehydrated mixed greens blend is the perfect way for me to continue my journey of healing with whole foods and herbs. I have seen you use the and talk about them, but I thought it was just like store bought "type" greens. (spinach,collards,mustard ect.) I did not realize that the blend was full of medicinal greens! I cant wait to begin making my own! (as soon as I get a dehydrator) I thank you and I bless you Marella
I can't get enough of your videos......where do you get your sting nettle seeds? Or do you pick them in the wild? And do you use a dehydrator to dehydrate your greens or do you hang them up by a string and put them in a cool dry place and let them dry out naturally?
I got my initial seeds from Baker Creek but have not needed to plant any more as they are perennials and keep coming back.
I use an electric dehydrator spring through early fall when we are getting plenty of solar power so that is when I do most of my greens. The rest of the year I do my dehydrating on a rack that Patrick built for my wood stove. For thick items like jerky, I put the rack on top of the wood stove but for delicate things like calendula and herbs, I just keep it next to the stove
Hi Heidi, I'm a new subscriber from the UK and I'm really enjoying your channel. I will definitely be trying these dried greens - such a great way to get extra nutrients over the winter! I'm going back over some of your older videos & there is a wealth of great information there - I especially like the recipes, soaps & shampoos and the money saving tips from you and Mr Rain. And wow! your skirts are gorgeous!!
Looking forward to your next video,
Many thanks, Willow (Lindsay x)
Heidi, if I already told you this just ignore this note. This was my first year to do mixed greens like yours. I only got three done before my new dehydrator bombed (Malabar spinach, kale, and lamb's quarter). I mixed some in a pint jar and entered it in the county fair under dehydrated foods and got a blue ribbon and a special recognition ribbon. Pretty cool, huh? Thanks for the great idea. I haven't actually used them in cooking yet, but I will.
Cannot think of any specific books just on that but I always start page (a private google alternative) "edible flowers" when looking into such things or even put in something like "Are blackberry leaves edible"
I can’t find stinging nettle anywhere!! I’m planting it next year. I got strawberry and raspberry leaves, collards and turnip greens...tho not a lot of either cause I eat the mess out them fresh. LOL Also, some nasturtium leaves and borage, as well as dandelion, lambs quarter and plantain. I thought that was pretty good! Next year I’ll have more. Oh and parsley. I put parsley in everything I cook just about so I figured why not! TFS! You’ve created a trend with the mix greens blend. It really is a genius idea! Love, hugs and blessings ~The kid! 💜
Oh and red clover...I almost forgot. I made a tincture and salve/lotion with it too. I grew it on purpose. It’s good for women’s health.
Great idea..kraut is the only fermenting I've really done. Sometimes I'll throw carrots or cauliflower in with it. So I'm excited to try some of your ideas. As well as the vinegars.
I started a raisin vinegar 2 wks ago. I used organic , clean jar, I boil my tap water and let it set 24 hrs. Before using, covered with cloth, and stuck it in coolest part of house. Well it started getting dark almost black mold on top. Any suggestions to why? I'm in Tennessee would you think altitude would have anything to do with? Temp. Has been 30- 50. I was hoping to make some for Christmas gifts.
Mold will happen but I recommend you start going with the stir method that I now implement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srqq69hBOQ8&t=185s
I also recommend you check out this video I did on common vinegar making questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojCF0wO5QBU&t=544s
Thank you Heidi for introducing me to mixed greens blend. This is my second year to blend mine. I actually Food process them down to a powder. I hide them in most everything I cook. Family never would know it is there - except I tell them. Hahahahaha
You may need a five gallon food-safe pail to mix, Heidi.
I got a dehydrator very late in the season, so i dehydrated foods, mostly. I did get some comfrey dehydrated. The good Lord gave us a lamb's ear plant by our north orchard, i discovered it mowing one day. So i was able to dehydrate some of that.
The herbs i did get I'm saving for tinctures, salves, and soap.
I didn't dehydrate all the herbs...I made some vinegars, which I just decanted and bottled yesterday. The dill and basil are my favorites. Raisin and peach, too.
NEXT YEAR I'm starting in the Spring to make mixed greens, now that I have my dehydrator!
Thank you, Heidi.
I got plantain, nettles, cat mint, dandelion greens for my blend. I got a ton of parsley this year do you use parsley? If so what is your favorite way to use it. I also got rosemary, thyme, oregano. Would you recommend use a bit of any of those in it?
Yes, I use all those herbs but do not add them to my blend, they get added by flavor to different dishes I am making. Thyme and sage I use in my breakfast sausage, in soups, and more while Rosemary and Oregano I use mostly in Italian dishes. Parsley is sometimes used in Italian dishes and in my Ranch dressing. I also use a lot of basil especially in Italian dishes but I am not shy about blending different herbs that some may not consider putting together like sage with basil, and so on.
A few years ago I made a big dehydrator and I dehydrated all kinds of stuff and I made a vegetable green just like you I had spinach carrots broccoli any of the vegetables that I dried and the greens and made a tee with it and I had a friend that was on a special diet he had cancer and stuff and they made a cup of that into a tea for him and he responded very well to it matter fact a lot better than Ensure God is good all the time he bless us we just need to look for it thank you for sharing
Dang, you must have a big dehydrator. I dried some of my greens this year but it took up so much room that I froze and canned the rest. You gave me good ideas for next year though. I really need to upgrade my dehydrator......
I picked up a couple of my dehydrators from garage sales and sometimes run three at a time. haha! During the cold months I always have sometime dehydrating on the rack Patrick made me that sits by our wood stove.
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.