Oz Girl's Picks: American Harvest Dehydrator

So, based on my reader comments last week, I ended up choosing a more modest and economical dehydrator.  I ended up going with the Nesco American Harvest Snackmaster Express

The price was around $60 - I see it has already increased to $64 on Amazon.  I should have it by the end of the week, so I'll let y'all know how I like it once I've given it a whirl.

In the meantime, I picked most of my spearmint over the weekend and dried it in the oven.  The bugs were starting to snack on the leaves and I didn't want to take a chance of losing it while I was waiting for the dehydrator to arrive.

We also picked some of our corn - the worms were starting to nibble at the tips, so we cut off the tips and the ears were still good.  I mean, they were DELICIOUS! 

First time ever in my life, growing our own corn, and eating it fresh from the garden.  We bought our seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds and they were definitely a "winning" choice.

The reason I bought our seeds from Johnny's this year:  Eliot Coleman of The Winter Harvest Handbook fame recommends and uses products from Johnny's Selected Seeds. 

If you haven't had a chance to read his "Winter Harvest" book, I highly recommend it.  Fantastic book.  Also, check out his Four Season Farm website.

Ok, I think I've blathered on enough today - 
I have definitely gotten off topic, huh?  
Sometimes I just can't help myself....

One more off-topic moment - I got a little closer to our family of deer yesterday morning.  You'll have to click on the photo to enlarge it....  hey, it's better than last week where all you could see were their little heads poking up above the prairie!!

Don't forget - the Country Giveaway is coming
and it starts this Thursday!


  1. You'll love the dehydrator...before you know it you'll be drying everything! I'll check out the Four Season Farm website, thanks for the book recommendation. And I'll be dropping you a note about Grit...thanks for asking! -Mary

  2. It's so exciting to see deer roaming around!

  3. I have been drying herbs for the past few weeks and using them in everything, it is amazing the difference in flavor that you can taste when using fresh herbs. Fresh basil and Oregano in homemade sauce has me spoiled.
    You will enjoy your new purchase I am sure.

  4. Hi Susan!
    So glad to see you are still blogging. Hope all has been well in your world. I've missed you!

  5. Cute deer. Hope you have fun with the dehydrator. Any plants for making fruit leather?

  6. Many things to dry, you will love it!

  7. TWINS!!!! Cool! Hey! Have fun with the dehydrator.

  8. Cute deer. Makes for excellent eatings, especially tenderloins, trail meat, yummmm!! Happy Dehyrating

  9. Love those sweet deer. We consider *ours* part of our clan! Dinner? NEVER!
    xo, misha