food SKULLBIKER'S 2023 FLOG(food log)

skullbiker

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As with my GLOG, I'm getting started a bit late with this thread!
I'll start out today with my simple lunch.
A peanut butter & jelly sandwich.

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Using this jelly.

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All I can say is that it is wonderful.
 
I actually never had a PB&J sandwich till about five years ago. I knew of its existence, but it just isn't a thing over here. (Chocolate sprinkles on bread for breakfast is though, but that’s another story.)

I was on another forum when someone mentioned it and decided right then and there to make myself a PB&J sandwich. It was love at first sight and bite.

Reading this, I think I need to alter the classic and use a pepper and fruit jelly. Thanks for the inspiration!
 
Peanut combines well with dried peppers. I like to add it to salsa macha, which I liberally apply on marmalade spread on bread. Works well with strawberry and mango marmalade.

The mango sounds good. I’ve been freeze drying the mangos I had frozen from last season and still have a bit to go. I think I’ll try making some marmalade/jam and add some jalapeno powder to the mix.
 
Since I like a tasty snack/desert occasionally I'll share this one that will also add some protein into your diet.
Take a box of sugar free Jello Instant Pudding, I like chocolate.

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Then I dig out my little cheapie battery powered whisk.

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Then get out (2) 11 or 12 oz. bottles/boxes of protein drink to use in place of the milk. I use one mint flavored and one reg. for a minty taste. I occasionally add in some pepper powder for a little zing.

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Put about 2/3 of the liquid in with the pudding powder and mix/whisk for about 2 minutes. Then add in the rest of the liquid and mix/whisk another minute or two, it should be thickening slightly.

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Then pour it into your desired size of bowls and put in the refrigerator to cool, then enjoy it.

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I made up some smoked jalapeno powder this week, I actually finished it this morning.
I took the peppers that I smoked, blended, and froze from last summer and blended it again. A total of 14 pounds of mash split among five 1/2 gal. jars to pour into the 5 freeze dryer trays. Three with a mix of jalapeno, rocoto, and Sugar Rush Peach peppers. One with Orange Spice Jalapenos. And one with nice ripe jalapenos.

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Two and a half days later the trays come out and the water removed is frozen to the walls of the vacuum chamber by the process of sublimation.

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And here is the water from that ice.

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The super dryed mash.

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And the result, 5 pints of awesome powder, vacuum sealed in the jars and good for many years in storage.

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Last week I finished freeze drying my mangos from last season, about 50 pounds of Mango Sorbet got dried down to nearly nothing weight wise. I cut those into little "cookies". Gonna be a lot of sweet snackin'.

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I was afraid to ask, but... how much for a monster like that?

I bought my large sized one from HarvestRight six years ago and looking now, prices are about the same as then. As of January 1 of this year two other manufacturers have come online selling home units. Mine has dried MANY pounds of produce, fruit, etc over the years that I have owned it.
Pricing and info here: https://harvestright.com/product/home-freeze-dryer/
Obviously, the small size is cheaper.
 
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