Best Christmas present.. kind of garden related.
Well I had been using my grandmothers 30 year old dehydrator and it finally gave up the ghost this year, I did do some pears in the oven, but it's very slow and I can't get much in there as I only have 1 oven rack. So when Santa brought me a nice new shiny dehydrator it was most certainly the best present. Both the new and the old one use 1kw so both are a bit power hungry and I certainly have to watch the hour price on the electric before turning it on, but it should save more than it uses.
It turned an entire crown prince squash weighing 5kg into one and a bit 400ml jars of squash powder in a little over 10 hours.
This model might be a bit big for some, it's sitting on a standard domestic cooker, and it does weigh in at 22kg but it will dry 6kg at a time which is a good amount and means I might not end up throwing away so many pears and apples!
I dry a lot of vegetables all cut up small and use them as a soup mix or to add to instant noodles and make them slightly less junk foodie, if that's possible. I love dried fruit but I will just sit there and eat it in a couple of weeks.
So what kind of garden related things (can be a tenuous link) did other people get or buy for themselves?