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Dehydrating the Harvest class this Sunday August 15

There are still spaces available for this class. If you ever been to one of Bob Zimmerman’s classes, you know it will be great and informative and free samples! We will have a canopy and chairs outside spaced out for safety. Plus a bonus-after the class if anyone wants to walk in the veggie garden, you are welcome to tour it with me. It is even MORE beautiful than after the last class. Sign up below to reserve your space.


Sunday, August 15, 2021
12 noon to 2 pm

Dehydrating the Harvest

Have you thought about getting a food dehydrator to preserve seasonal produce? Do you already have a dehydrator and want to learn more ways to use your dehydrator than just drying apples? In this class, Bob will demonstrate how to preserve all kinds of food, complete with recipes and tips for getting the most out of your dehydrator. Here are just some of the unique and tasty treats that we will explore-fruit chips, beef,& turkey jerky, Parmesan, tomato & zucchini chips, sun-dried tomato crackers and fruit rollups.

Instructor: Bob Zimmerman and Mike McGeary
Location: 56 Coyote Crossing • Santa Fe (Tomato Lady’s property)
Fee: $5 for members/$20 for non-members


How to Make Jerky

Making jerky is and easy process and fun to do. You can create it out of beef, turkey or other meat that was hunted like deer or elk. Jennifer and her father David Fresquez from Monte Vista Organic Farm provided a class to Home Grown New Mexico to 25 students in February.  Here are some of the highlights if you want to make jerky.

IMG_3233• The process of making jerky will reduce the meat to 1/4 of the original size.
• Select meat with a low fat content to reduce the fat in the finished product. Fat tends to spoil and oxidize more quickly than pure muscle
which will keep for a VERY long time.
• Slice the meat along the grain and in thin pieces. Roll the meat to get it to be smaller.  If you are having the butcher do the slicing for you remind them to do it on a slicer if possible and to slice with the grain of the meat. Also, when determining the slicing thickness remember that thickness will reduce to 1/4 of the original size.
• Season with a mix in a recycled spice bottle with a shaker top. This can include salt, onion, garlic, pepper, brown sugar and chile to add to each side of the meat
• A dehydrator at 145 degrees is the best for your jerky. This temperature kills disease in turkey.
• Another option is to roast in the oven for 10 hours on 200 degrees
• Store in a paper bag or container to let air in and out for summer.

Enjoy your jerky!