Category Archives: Carnivals

Real Food Wednesday July 29 2009

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I am working on granola today from Cheeseslave’s post from yesterday. I have made granola before but with mixed results. I like this recipe better than the one from Nourishing Traditions, and have all kinds of nifty stuff that I can put in the granola.  I started the nuts soaking yesterday and will stick them in my home made dehydrator boxes a little later. Today should reach just about 100 degrees in sunny Northern California (not far from Yosemite) but it is not quite warm enough yet to start the boxes. I use these nifty old wooden boxes I found at a yard sale as both solar cookers and dehydrators. The are line with foil and I just load them up and sit them outside to do their work. I will get pics of that and update the blog later. For now, here are almonds and walnuts soaking: (these are fresh and local; the walnuts from our tree and the almonds from a friend’s)

almonds soaking
walnuts soaking

As you can see, no fancy equipment; I use pans that I thrift sale or find really really cheap I started the oatmeal this AM.
oatmeal soaking

I used whey from yogurt for the acidic medium.

So, the nuts into the dehydrator boxes today, the oatmeal tomorrow. We have dried apricots, cranberries, blueberries, and bananas that can all be placed in the mix, and local gorgeous honey from Gold Country Honey Farms (their website seems to be down) that we pick up at the weekend Farmer’s Market. i have loads of dessicated coconut and coconut oil from Tropical Traditions. I am hopeful that this is going to turn out delish!

Update: here is a pic of my home made solar cooker/dehydrator.  I took the glass off the top to show the inside. I also moved it as it was in the shade. There is a rack underneath the walnuts that is covered by paper towels.
dryer