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Harvest season is approaching and it fills you with worry over how you’re going to store and preserve such a large yield. Well, I’ve already explained the basics of canning certain fruits and vegetables in the form of sauces, pickles, and jams, and there’s freezing as well but both these practices require you to carry them out at extreme temperatures. Also, with canning, it’s a hit or miss situation so you may end up having to store all your bottles in the fridge rather than in the cellar.

Luckily, there’s a third, sure-fire method that doesn’t require as much effort, and you don’t need to end up refrigerating the final product either. Drying is a useful practice that has been carried out over centuries to help preserve food and you can try it too.

There are numerous advantages of drying your home-grown produce; dried produce will weigh less, can be stored anywhere and they are able to conserve their nutrients better than if they were frozen or dried. Now we’re not saying to dry everything, because that’s not possible. While it is possible to dry most fruits and berries, as well as common vegetables, it won’t always be productive to your cooking.

How To Do It

You can go about the drying process in two ways; you can either dry your produce indoors or outdoors. Whichever process you choose, there are some requirements that have to be met. It’s crucial that you dry at the right temperature that bacteria is inhibited but nutrients are also preserved.

Warm temperatures and adequately humid atmospheric conditions both contribute to quick drying. Additionally, air circulation can also speed up the process to give you quicker results. Ideally, temperatures between 130 to 140oF are able to dry fruits and vegetables quickly without tarnishing their nutritional value.

Air circulation is also crucial; it’s necessary that you leave enough space between your produce to facilitate drying. Moreover, make sure to cut fruits and vegetables into thin pieces so that air circulation can take place between the produce. It’s also a must that you never stack your produce just to dry more amounts at a single time.

Drying Outdoors

You’ll be using the heart of the sun by drying with this method and your setup shouldn’t require many things except some basic equipment. You can place your drying tray on top of blocks, and keep a tarp sheet beneath the blocks so that dust stays away.

Use a cookie sheet so that the produce doesn’t react with the tray, and place a towel on top so that heat can reach inside while keeping predators such as animals and birds away. Remember to treat your produce by leaving it in the freezer for 48 hours before drying because this destroys all present bacteria.

Drying Indoors

This is basically using your oven or a food dehydrator to dry your produce. These make the job of drying produce pretty easy; all you need to do is pop in the fruits or vegetables, set the temperature, and voila! If you don’t already have one and don’t want to make the extra effort of drying outdoors, make sure to select a dehydrator that is vented to permit air circulation, and has a good thermostat which lets you set it to ideal temperatures. If you want to reduce the cost of utilities, then opt for a dehydrator that’s insulated so it’ll take up less electricity.

These are the ways that you can dry your homegrown produce at home and use it for months to come. Remember to store your dried food in airtight containers before placing them in the cabinet, and you’re good to go. Happy Farming!

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Six Beauty Tips For Glasses Wearers

Log onto Youtube and you’ll find millions of beauty videos with hints, tips and tutorials for looking your best, but most of these beauty gurus won’t tell you how to work with glasses. They don’t appreciate that their amazing rainbow eyeshadow look completely disappears behind your frames, or that long, false eyelashes push your lenses away and leave streaks across your vision for the rest of the day. What should wearers of glasses do if they want to look their best?

Embrace your glasses as your statement eye look

Anything other than the most vibrant eyeshadow is going to be hidden or muted by your glasses. Accept it. People who don’t wear glasses need to use eyeshadow and liner to help their eyes stand out. Your eyes are perfectly framed as soon as you put your glasses on, without expending any time or effort. Embrace it!

Work with your frames

Color matching isn’t reserved just for your makeup look. As with any accessory, you will look most put together if your jewelry and clothing work with your frames too. If they have gold metal work, you’re going to look great with a gold necklace or earrings.

Change it up

Your glasses are a fashion accessory. You wouldn’t wear the same earrings every day, but you might have a favorite pair that you feel your best in. Take advantage of 2 for 1 offers to give yourself options. Black or tortoiseshell frames will give you a classic look that looks great with winged eyeliner and red lipstick, but why not introduce a pop of color with a colored frame and a more neutral lip?

Don’t forget to define your eyebrows

Darker frames are great for enhancing your eyes, but also risk making lighter brows disappear. Make sure that you use an eyebrow product to give your brows some depth and definition if you want to look your best.

Use waterproof and smudge-proof makeup

Everyone who wears makeup and glasses knows what it’s like to have mascara streaks on your lenses and red marks where your frames have rubbed the foundation off your nose. Waterproof and smudge-proof options are everywhere nowadays and are perfect for addressing these gripes.

Buy yourself a good magnifying mirror

This is particularly important for when you’re travelling and without your regular full-length mirror. There is nothing worse than having to lean painfully over a sink or cabinet, just so you can see what you’re doing when you’re applying makeup without your glasses on. A decent magnifying mirror with a stand will help ensure you look great wherever you are.

With these tips in mind, you might have to adapt that great makeup look you saw online, but you can feel confident that your glasses are working for you. And, at the end of the day, beauty is all about confidence.

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