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Produce Bags

So, first I want to know about reusable produce bags. I made a quick trip to the grocery store after vacation, and after I looked at this picture of my food, I was disgusted by the number of produce bags I brought home.

I brought my own cloth shopping bags, of course, but it seems silly to do that and still use plastic produce bags.

I suppose I could save the plastic bags, but they’re not very sturdy, and so I’d really rather find a reusable alternative.

So, if you’ve found a sturdy, not-crazy-expensive reusable produce bag source, I’d dearly love to hear about it in the comments.

Or if you’ve thought of a way to make a really light bag yourself, I’m all ears.

Food Dehydrator

I’ve been wanting to get a dehydrator for a while now, so I bought one at Aldi when they had them in stock. I used it to make fruit leather and was very unhappy with how it worked (there was no fan, the heat seemed to be uneven so the fruit leather was mushy in one spot while getting too crispy in another, even though I rotated the trays, and it smelled bad when I turned it on.) I finally put my fruit leather into the oven so that it would dry properly.

So, I returned the dehydrator, got my money back, and I’m thinking about saving up for a better one.

I know a number of you use dehydrators, so could you tell me which one you have and whether or not you like it? Is it a lot simpler than using your oven to dry foods?

Thanks in advance, you guys! 🙂


Today’s 365 post: If you stink, you will be put outside.

Joshua’s 365 post: Guinea Pig Dinner And don’t miss the answer to his last mystery picture post.

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Tuesday 31st of January 2012

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Monday 17th of October 2011

I picked up a set of these at Target on a whim. They have been the BEST produce bags! Light weight and you can see through the bags.


Sunday 25th of September 2011

I have a round American Harvester with about 12 trays (I bought extra, I think it came with 4) plus liners, some mesh for little things and some flat for leathers. It has worked well for me for at least 15 years, and yes, it is way better than the oven. Or the car. Or drying outdoors in the sun. I load it heavily and stack all 12 trays on it, most stuff still dries overnight. Variable heat and a fan are key.


Friday 23rd of September 2011

I got my reusable produce bags from


Thursday 22nd of September 2011

I don't use many produce bags as I just keep things "loose" UNLESS the produce is wet and/or still has bits of field dirt (i.e. radishes, leafy greens). I just don't want the wet, drippy stuff dripping on the rest of my groceries, my clothes, the car, etc. Our local grocery store has sprinklers that spray the fresh produce regularly, so a lot of stuff is wet.

I'd love to have "green" reusable bags, but that wouldn't solve the wet drippy problem. I guess I will have to commit to reusing the few bags I do use.

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