Freeze Dried Ice Cream and a Quick Garden Update

If any of you have been following my posts, you are aware of my recent purchase of a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. I think, eventually, it will become aware of how valuable this is going to be, but right now I am still in the early stages of learning what this thing is capable of.

I am also still learning what can and can’t be freeze dried. I’m coming to understand that most things are going to be able to be processed in the freeze dryer. I am also coming to understand that there are some things, especially sugary things, that don’t do so very well.

That being said, ice cream is one of the few sugary items that freeze dries very well, particularly ice cream sandwiches. They are a combination of crunchy cookie on the outside and a semi-crunchy, styrafoam textured center, which melts when it is sucked on.

I guess it is something that you either like or you don’t. Doesn’t seem to be much of an in-between stage of these. I’m also coming to the realization that that is the case with most freeze dried items. I’m finding out that there is a lot of things that I really like, both fresh and freeze dried, that my boyfriend only likes fresh.

Now for a garden update!

I have 6 19ft long garden beds that my boyfriend was good enough to till in the backyard, which allows me to try many different fruits/vegetables that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.

I have quite a few different seedlings that have sprouted. I have also bought a couple tomato plants and some herbs that I have planted.

According to the packaging of the seeds, and according to the first frost date of my area, everything but the crimson sweet watermelon should produce something.

There is only a couple of things that I am really hoping produces at least a couple fruit so that I can try them out to see if they are something that I would want to plant again. I guess we’ll see what the next couple of months brings.

Happy Gardening!

Published by reba1719

I am an up-and-coming homesteader that, currently, is working 40 hours a week at a call center. I live in the desert southwest, which makes gardening a bit of a challenge. I am excited to see where my journey takes me!

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