Tag Archives: fruit

Zaycon Events for July 2013

28 Jun

I usually post after an event, but wanted to post before some upcoming events so that you don’t miss out!  They have a number of events going on right now, although some are limited to certain areas.  The best way to know what is coming and available for your area is to create an account and sign up for their e-mails (here is my referral link to sign up) .  They are available now in 20 states!

Here is the list of current events happening:

  • Fresh 93/7 Super Lean Ground Beef
  • Fresh Premium Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Hot ‘n’ Spicy Buffalo Wings
  • Natural Non-Homogenized Whole Milk
  • Orchard Peaches
  • Fully-Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenders

In my area, the bacon pick up was a little over a week ago.  Next up, is the chicken tenders and buffalo wings, which is mid-July for me.  Then, at the end of the month, the ground beef will be arriving.  I’m not sure yet if we’ll get peaches and strawberries, but I’m hoping that we do!  They sent out a message asking about interest for AZ, but I haven’t heard yet what the results were.

The milk isn’t available widespread yet, but they are doing a milk survey for interest.  You can find all the details on their milk here, and if you are interested, you can sign the petition on the right side to bring the milk to your area.  I signed because I would at least like to try it out.  The price is higher than what I am used to paying, but if it’s good, quality milk, I don’t mind paying more.

Finally, they sent out an e-mail asking about interest in cheddar cheese for Arizona.  If you are in Arizona and would be interested in cheese, I encourage you to fill out the survey.

So far, I have been very pleased with every event through Zaycon Foods, and have enjoyed having a freezer full of meat to pull for meals instead of remembering to get it at the store and catching it when it’s on sale.    I’m hoping that they come back with a seafood event soon, that was the one we really enjoyed, but it’s been a while since they’ve been here with it.  For now, we’re happy with the rest!

Dehydrating fruit

7 Sep

Each week in Bountiful Baskets, I get a nice assortment of fruit.  It mostly gets eaten outright, but lately it’s been tough for us to get through it before it goes bad.  Or, it’s just something we don’t particularly like a lot.  This week and last week, I got pears and nectarines that have sat, and the plums I got last week were starting to not look great anymore.  While trying to decide what to do with the pears, my friend D got a new fruit dehydrator to make raisins with the grapes we got.  I decided to ask to borrow it to at least dehydrate my pears and I picked it up yesterday.  Since you need the base and at least 4 trays, I decided I would try doing the nectarines, plums, and a couple bananas, plus we ended up putting a Granny Smith apple in too.

For the pears and the apple, I got out our peeler/corer/slicer.  Seriously, one of the best inventions for prepping pears and apples.  My girls love helping me use it.

Next, the pears, apples, and nectarines all need to be pre-treated to prevent them from browning.  There are a variety of options to do this, but I chose soaking them in lemon juice.  D had dehydrated her pears and dipped them in lemon juice, but felt like the lemon taste stayed with them, so I diluted my lemon juice with water, 50/50 ratio.  I left it in there about 5 minutes.

The plums I cut in half and removed the pits, the bananas I cut into 3/8″ slices.

I arranged it all on the trays, stacked the trays, plugged it in, and flipped the switch.

I let it run overnight, approximately 10 hours and here is what I woke up to.

It’s a browner than I wanted it to be, but it’s still sweet and full of flavor.  I think I may have left it in the dehydrator too long, probably should have started it later in the evening.  Also, I wonder if some of it was not in the lemon juice long enough or if my diluting the lemon juice had some effect.  Still a good experiment and thanks to D for letting me borrow the dehydrator!

%d bloggers like this: