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Dried Mixed Greens 2018

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Terri Zone 6b (2 months ago)
Could put a list of the various greens youvput in your mixed greens blend so it could be printed out?
Rain Country (2 months ago)
My blend can change a bit from year to year depending on what is available. The thing is, find what you already grow or can forage for that is edible and just make your own :)
Can you use violet, honeysuckle, and raspberry leaves in those mixed greens. I have tons of honeysuckle and violet?
@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.
Rain Country (3 months ago)
I do not know enough about honeysuckle to say but yes on the others though I am more likely to save such things for tea blends
Do you ever add comfrey?
Rain Country (3 months ago)
No, not to this blend nor do I plan to but I do grow it for external use, for use in the garden, and for the chickens
Designs By Dawn (3 months ago)
Thank you Heidi for sharing your mixed greens recipe! I can't wait to make some up. Oh thank you for sharing the many uses for your greens. God Bless💕
carolyn moody (4 months ago)
Blessings...i lean so much from your channel
Rain Country (4 months ago)
Thank you Carolyn!
Edie Boudreau (4 months ago)
Probably should've just mixed your greens up in the waterbath canner/ stockpot. lol.
Edie Boudreau (4 months ago)
Rain Country :)
Rain Country (4 months ago)
Haha! Right, I will consider that next time, I always end up with more than I think will fit into the receptacle I am using. Next year, I hope I remember that!
Scarlet Peate (6 months ago)
Have you considered horse tail or mares tail. ? I use it with nettles for my mineral mix. It’s fabulous. Also it’s full of silica and is great in shampoos too.
Rain Country (6 months ago)
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.
feltingme (7 months ago)
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.
Sparrow's Nest Farm (7 months ago)
I love this! Can't wait to make my own next year! I got a little behind on videos due to illness and holidays, so I'm trying to catch up. 😂
B Charron (8 months ago)
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!
Rain Country (8 months ago)
I love growing beans and plant a lot, I am planning on planting even more this next year, here is my most recent video on some of the beans I grow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2UGFEm-P14&t=1s
Mary's Nest (8 months ago)
Hi Heidi, This is great info. And I am SO impressed with how many greens you have. What wonderful nutrition and great ideas for how to work them into out diets!! Love, Mary❤️😘❤️
Denise Stott (8 months ago)
As always I love learning from you. God Bless you!!
Kathleen Zimmerman (8 months ago)
*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!!! Love & prayers <3 <3 <3
Rain Country (8 months ago)
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
Lana Ebarb (8 months ago)
Where do you buy your seeds to grow these lovely herbs?
Rain Country (8 months ago)
Most of my original seeds I got from Baker Creek - rareseeds.com
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
Maria Engle (8 months ago)
Thank you for sharing. This gives me such a feel good feeling. <3
lightsobrite (8 months ago)
Ty for replying 😊
lightsobrite (8 months ago)
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?
Rain Country (8 months ago)
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
Willow Grove (8 months ago)
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)
Rain Country (8 months ago)
Welcome Lindsay and thank you so much! :D
bsofar (8 months ago)
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.
Rain Country (8 months ago)
I think you did tell me that, but that is so great, it is worth sharing again, especially on this video :D
Robin Glover (8 months ago)
Thank you much!!!!
Sojourner (8 months ago)
Thanks so much for sharing.
Suchef (8 months ago)
Girl! I love this!!! This was really helpful. Do you have a book recommendation for edible flowers and leaves?
Suchef (8 months ago)
Thanks! I didn't even know about startpage! Thanks for the heads up on that too! @Rain Country
Rain Country (8 months ago)
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"
Lisa Booker (8 months ago)
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.
Rain Country (8 months ago)
Nice blend Lisa! And yes, I still plan on doing a video on a tea blend for women :)
Christine McCombs (8 months ago)
This was great, thanks so much! Very inspiring! Going to plant more things next year so I can do this!
Pocono Prepper (8 months ago)
Get outta here!!! It’s always the simplest things that intrigue me!! I didn’t know that rubbing alcohol takes marker off of canning lids! I’m now on a mission!!
Rain Country (8 months ago)
Haha! :D
Navy Mom Barbara (8 months ago)
Thanx. I dehydrated a portion of all my greens that I grow and that I buy. (Oganic) I also dehydrate and add in cabbages to my mixed greens. I use the mix in everything.
Denise Donaldson (8 months ago)
Hi Heidi, I got a great deal on huge bags of spinach, collard greens and kale. I put in the freezer. Now I don’t know what to do with them? Can I dehydrate them or what do you suggest?
Denise Donaldson (8 months ago)
Barbara Williams thank you! Straight from the freezer?
Navy Mom Barbara (8 months ago)
I just dehydrated frozen collards and kale. Came out very well for greens mix.
Nancy Howell (8 months ago)
could you coarse grind in food processor then vacuum seal. wouldn't want the powder for the food sealer
Nancy Howell (8 months ago)
@Rain Country Thank You
Rain Country (8 months ago)
I do not powder mine, I just use my hands to crumble them once they are dry and before vacuum sealing into jars
Little Jordan Farm (8 months ago)
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.
Rain Country (8 months ago)
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
RSJ-Texas (8 months ago)
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
feltingme (7 months ago)
Thank you. I was thinking, what is the best way to make a powder, and you answered! And the left over twigs can go to the tea. :)
Brandy Fillie (8 months ago)
I did this and put them in chicken and dumplings. I was astounded at the better flavor that was achieved. Thanks for the great and healthy idea.
Mystery 13 (8 months ago)
Have You Eaten Outer Leaves Of Cabbage? Must I Blanch Before Dehydration?
Mystery 13 (8 months ago)
@Rain Country TYSVM 💖
Rain Country (8 months ago)
I never blanch anything before dehydrating. Though I do know that potatoes must be cooked first or they will turn black, I just have not dehydrated any of those.
Flyover Pilgrim (8 months ago)
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.
Me three, maybe Santa will bring me a dehydrator!!
Kathleen Zimmerman (8 months ago)
Me, too!
Nancy Howell (8 months ago)
I had the same thought
Beth Aspell (8 months ago)
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?
Beth Aspell (8 months ago)
@Rain Country ok thank you
Rain Country (8 months ago)
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.
Natasha S. (8 months ago)
I didn't get nearly enough greens dehydrated this year, but I will do better next year! Thanks for showing us all you do. It's so inspiring!
Stephanie Fultz (8 months ago)
Thanks so much for sharing!! I have learned so much from you. Have a Blessed day 🙋🏼‍♀️
Stephanie Fultz (8 months ago)
Your welcome beautiful!!
Rain Country (8 months ago)
Thank you Stephie!
Keith S (8 months ago)
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
Rain Country (8 months ago)
That is a great testimony! Thank you for sharing! :D
Donna's Home Place TN (8 months ago)
This is awesome...I've started doing this with kale & spinach but will be doing this with a lot of other greens in the coming year. Thanks for everything! Blessings!
ThornsandMyrtles (8 months ago)
I started doing this when I saw it on one of your previous videos and absolutely love the idea. I was so bummed I forgot to add it to my meatloaf last night :(
Valerie Harris (8 months ago)
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......
Valerie Harris (8 months ago)
@Rain Country Nice!
Rain Country (8 months ago)
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.
Flo aka mystepedals (8 months ago)
your amazing,,,,,tks for all you teach me
TennesseeGirl (8 months ago)
Wow early video Heidi, tfs, blessings
Rain Country (8 months ago)
Week days I publish my videos at 6 am and 7 am on Saturdays Pacific time :)

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