We have had a very busy week indeed! I have been in full food preservation mode, and spent much of the week collecting and drying things for winter. First up, the mushrooms we found at camp. We dried the winter chanterelles, even though everyone says not to. It's not that they don't dry- they do! But apparently they're a different beast afterwards. Since the point for us is that we have little fridge and freezer space, drying food is a great way to preserve food long-term without using many resources, so I'm giving it a go anyhow. I'll let you know how they turn out! (Speaking of using resources, I will admit that here you see our dehydrator, which does use electricity... but we actually dry most of our mushrooms in baskets in the attic, which is quite warm during the days! We use the dehydrator for things that take longer or when the attic isn't warm.) On the right you can see a chicken of the woods. We ate most of that, and dried a tiny bit that was left.
Sarah also came to visit! We started planning our own wintery brews- lip balms, and salves, herbal cordials, and cough syrups for starting soon.