Wednesday 30 August 2017

Staycation 2017...the final week....5

Well my last week off work was really busy and I am happy to say much of it was allotment orientated so actually fits in with the blog title for a change!!

So what have I been up to...well harvesting lots of stuff....beans of various varieties and fruits mainly.

The victoria plum tree was stripped and then the produce I collected prepared in various's a few pics...didn't feel like being wordy today!!

Lots of lovely plum tomatoes

Many went into the dehydrator to
become tomato powder.

The rest were made into pasta sauce.

Here is some lovely Victoria Plum jelly and
syrup. Some fruit leathers and sorbet were
also made.

This is the first of the onion powder,
plenty more to come!

Bubbling away in the pots are
blackberries ready for some
blackberry syrup!
 I also put a few blackberries in the freezer whole....there are plenty more to come too.
You may wonder why I have onion and tomato powder? Well the onion powder is for me o add to dishes as I wish when cooking. The Hubby doesn't dislike the taste of onions but detests the texture and this way I get the flavour in without the fuss of him moaning.
I tried making tomato powder a few years ago and have never looked back! I love the versatility of's easy to store and takes up less room than any other preservation method and can quickly and easily be added to any meal to give it a huge hit of can also reconstitute it to make tomato juice or soup!!

I am going to try dehydrating and powdering some blackberries this year nephew is eager to see how well they go with milk....I do love a good experiment so I'll let you know how that one goes!!

I did take some time out Monday to go over to Melton Country Park with the Hubby and Polly on Monday and it was really nice...since then it's been pretty much work....but another two days and then I can get a bit more done on the allotments!!


  1. you sure have been busy. Those tomatoes look good

    1. The tomatoes look as good as they taste Ann!!😊

  2. I didn't know a person could make onion or tomato powder at home. I thought those were a corporate invention. I use both on occasion.

    1. I like to make my own Ratty as the store bought one's always tend to have salt added which then puts too much salt into my food. When I dry my own I know exactly what I'm getting!!

  3. I've never come across tomato powder. Interesting.

    1. It really is a great thing to do with extra tomatoes and makes them so accessible....I've even sprinkled it over salads and used it in dressings Sue.

  4. Onion powder and tomato powder, how interesting. Mick isn't keen on the texture of onions either but doesn't mind the taste, I shall have to look into this.

  5. Ooo, glad to see you have tried the tomato powder, I can across this on another site & decided next year I will be doing that rather than puree it.
    I have dehydrated blackberries this year too, don't end up with much at the end of it. I have also dehydrated pumpkin this year & powdered that to. Next year will also do chillis.
    i have been terrible with not blogging myself too.


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