The freeze dryer would have finished about 3 a.m. so I added another 5 hours to it last night before going to bed. I was able to stop it before 8 and get the food in jars, vacuum sealed, drain the oil, add fresh oil for the next load.
When I first got the freeze dryer, Vince used an old canner to make a vacuum chamber and it has worked so well for vacuum sealing jars.
From this load I ended up with two quarts of eggplant, five half pints of peppers and 8 half pints of pico.
I’m most happy about the peppers. I now have 30 half pints of bell peppers and each half pint probably has at least 3 bell peppers in it. That’s more than enough to last me a year. I can’t make stuffed peppers but for most everything else I want to do with bell peppers, that works. I doubt I get many more bell peppers. This heat has been rough on them.
The pico .. those 8 jars are all I have. I’d love to end up with 30 jars of that but . . slim chance.
The eggplant will go into caponata and that’s what Vince likes. I don’t like it but I make it for him. I’ve put up 14 quarts of eggplant and each jar will make enough for probably three servings of caponata.
My little garden has been great this year.