One of the nice things about the homesteading way of life is, the deeper you get into it, the more your old ways of thinking start to change. That statement can create a lovely, deep, discussion but it affects the simple things too.

This weekend’s example is the bell peppers I had left from Thanksgiving dinner – or as my daughter called it, Mexi-giving, since we had Mexican-style food this year instead of the standard fare. My contribution to our feast was chicken fajitas and I bought more peppers than I needed.

The three unused peppers have been sitting in my refrigerator these past few weeks while I futilely searched for a recipe to use them, not wanting to let them go to waste.

It might seem obvious to others, but I realized this week that, just because I didn’t grow it, it doesn’t mean I can’t preserve it. So, this weekend I sliced them up and put them in the dehydrator.

I dehydrated the peppers I grew in my garden this summer and it has been really convenient to just grab a couple of slices out of the bag and crunch them up to use in a recipe. I don’t have to plan ahead and have a fresh pepper in the fridge at the exact time I need to add it to a dish, and I am actually using them more often since they are waiting there for me. At the same time, there are no partial bell peppers sitting in my refrigerator to deal with (or not deal with and end up throwing it in the garbage).

I am very proud of myself for not letting these go to waste!


  1. Awesome! I’ve always had that problem because I like peppers a lot….so….I’ve taken to chopping them up and freezing (since I don’t have a dehydrator). And then I can take them out and add to my recipe (stir fry or soup) guess we both inherited Mom’s frugal nature! I can still see the quart bucket in the freezer that got all the little scraps of leftover veggies/chix (there was one for beef too) after dinner! When full, it was time to make soup!

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