|figs from our tree|
I brought another batch to my friend today when we met for coffee. She loves them and has decided that those she cannot eat, she will dry. I've always avoided dried fruits and veggies because of my migraine problems. Anything that contains sulfates, sulfides, preservatives, nitrates, etc. can be a problem for me. However, I wonder if you just dried them without anything else... if they would be safe. My guess would be that you couldn't keep them any length of time.
And I'm guessing that most of you out there have heard of the new *food contamination* problem. They apparently have not be able to find the source, but know only that it is probably contaminated fruit or vegetables (possibly from out of the country). They advise all to wash your fruit and veggies very very well and/or cook them thoroughly. Well, I don't know about you, but the illness born from this bacteria seems serious enough to just plain avoid fresh fruits and veggies (for the most part) until they find the culprit... unless you're using home-grown (like my figs). Anyway, this is *my plan*. Tonight we had marinated pork chops, wild rice, corn-on-the cob, and fresh figs!
Oh... one more mention: We switched from Time-Warner Cable to AT&T a few months back (supposedly to save us money - that didn't actually happen) and by doing so, lost the Hallmark Channel (which I loved). So I've been biding my time till our contract is up and plan to change back unless the Hallmark Channel is re-instated. However, lately all I see are advertisements saying that AT&T is getting ready to drop CBS where what few programs I do like exist. If I wasn't brought up better, I would say, "WTF"? Now I'm down to KERA and the Cooking Channel or Food Network... and I'm beginning to wonder if what we pay per month is worth these few shows? It's odd to have hundreds of channels, but so few worth watching...