Yesterday the freeze dryer finished up a load – two trays of asparagus from the garden and two trays of celery – the celery Vince thinks may result in his untimely death!
I like celery and asparagus but when it’s freeze dried . . I almost have to hide it from myself. With my memory, I often do that without even trying! With the water taken out of it, the asparagus is sweet – almost like eating candy. It is so good! The celery is like the lightest ever celery flavored chip.
I’ll only freeze dry asparagus that we grow but I’ll definitely be drying more celery. I really love that and it’s a great road snack. Celery is supposed to have a calming effect so when I’m driving, that makes it a great snack – except for the time I was coming up to a scary overpass just outside Tulsa and I kept cramming celery in my mouth so I’d be calm and some of it was pretty fibrous and I almost choked to death before I got to the bridge that was going to scare me to death if the celery hadn’t already . . wait . . Vince thinks he’s going to die because of celery and here I am talking about almost dying while eating celery. Don’t blame celery! Blame the crazy humans who are handling the celery!
Anyway – it took three bunches of celery to fill two trays which filled two quarts and one pint. I did plant celery seeds. I’ve never grown it before but it surely would be nice if it grew and produced.
My shopper at Brookshire’s last week probably wondered what I was doing with 6 bunches of celery. Have you ever thought about what goes through the minds of those shoppers with some of the grocery orders they receive? The checkout ladies often look at me like I’m weird as they’re ringing up my groceries. Sometimes they will ask me “What do you do with this?” but most of the time, I know they’re thinking . . I’m glad I don’t eat at your house!