In 2017 Can-Do Real Food began to introduce a number of dehydrated products from the local surplus produce. A few sold like gangbusters while others were not so popular. In recognition of our aging bodies, the less strenuous effort needed to prepare these items became a positive experience and we will be focusing on dehydrated offerings for the most part in 2018.
We will continue to prepare some canned items but they will be sold by others, not us. We will no longer have a table at the farmers’ market. If you are interested in Loaded Pasta Sauce, Huckleberry Culinary Syrup, or Onion Marmalade contact me and I will let you know where you can purchase some.
Meanwhile, we will be focusing on savory items that will be quick and easy to prepare. Our primary market will be for people who are backpacking, biking, canoeing or camping and need meals that are tasty and prepare easily with some water and a little bit of time. It is smart for people who never do those activities to also have some on hand in the cupboard, just in case the power goes out and you want a meal. All you need to do is get your grill hot in order to boil some water, mix and wait a bit for it to rehydrate, and you have a meal.
Fruit snacks will be offered as pieces, roll-ups, or even a powder that can be added to oatmeal or as a beverage addition.
Since the dehydrated items are light-weight, we will be able to mail these at a reasonable rate. Shipping costs will be added to the purchase price.
Garden Goodies – A blend of summer vegetables and herbs that can be used several ways. Roll over onion soup mix, this mix makes a fantastic chip dip. It can also be used as a fresh salad dressing or marinade. Takes 20-30 minutes to rehydrate as a dip. Bag has 4 uses. $6 Ingredients: greens, tomatoes, onions, garlic salt, spicy rub, parsley
Loaded Pasta Sauce – Our popular canned version has been modified a bit with a deep complex flavor in part because it starts out with the fresh tomatoes macerating in red wine before being roasted and then dried. Includes the onions, carrots, zucchini and herbs that provide lots of tasty nutrition. Instructions will include a range of how much water to add, depending on if you want a thick sauce or one that is more liquidy. Takes 20-30 minutes to rehydrate. Serves 2-4, depending on portion size. $8.00 Ingredients: tomatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, salt.
Mole Sauce – Every abuela has a recipe for this. This recipe is just a bit off mild….in other words, you will know the peppers are in there, but it will NOT be too hot. Heat lovers, you will need to rev it up. But the Creo 73% chocolate and the dried local tomatoes are what makes this a superb feast! You will need to add your own protein to this mix at this time. Serves 4. $8. Ingredients: Creo chocolate, dehydrated tomatoes, dehydrated onions, dehydrated garlic, chili powder, chipotle powder, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, cloves, black pepper
Winter Squash Coconut Curry Soup Mix – This “instant” soup mix allows for a quick meal preparation. Just boil the correct amount of water, add the mix, stir 3 minutes later and it is ready. Wonderful combination of flavors. Dairy-free. Single serving size $4.00 Family size to serve 2-4 $8.00. Ingredients: winter squash, coconut cream, onion, garlic, curry, cumin, culinary yeast. OREGON STATE FAIR DIVISION WINNER in 2016!!
Zucchini Noodles – Are you aware that curls of very thinly sliced zucchini makes an amazing substitute for pasta? Perhaps you already have a spiralizer to use in the summer when these squash are so abundant. Dehydrating the slices provides you the opportunity to enjoy away from the house or in the winter when zucchini is pricier. Rehydrates in 5 minutes. Each bag contains enough for two large portions. $6.00 Ingredients: zucchini.
Apple A Day – Grab and go. Good size for lunch boxes or snacking anywhere, any time. Super easy and smart snack for your kids. Small bag $5. Ingredients: apples.
Fruity Bits – a sweet mix of dehydrated fruit with no added sugar and no added seasoning. Just natural sweetness. Perfect for snacking or adding to oatmeal or yogurt. Small bag $5. Ingredients: a mixture of berries and stone fruit to be determined as the harvest happens
Garden Huckleberry Powder – When we prepare the syrup for our Farm Partner, we have a stage when we mill out the solids (skins and tiny seeds). Sweetened with cane sugar, we dry this and then grind it for you to add to oatmeal or drinks. Please note that this is a bit different from the tiny wild huckleberries you find at higher elevations and are part of the nightshade family. Deep “blueberry” flavor. Small bag $5. Ingredients: huckleberries, cane sugar
Gingered Pears– Slices of sweet pears with a bit of a nip of ginger. The preserves we presented the past three years were so popular, we HAD to try to make this work as a fruit snack and it is great! If you like ginger, you want to try this. Small bag $5. Ingredients: pears, sugar, crystallized ginger, ground ginger, minced ginger
Membrillo Buttons – Quince paste is a Spanish dessert paired with cheese and we managed to dehydrate it into these small rounds which allows you to carry it without concern for refrigeration. Easy and delicious fruit snack. 10 buttons $5.00 Ingredients: quince, cane sugar
Rhubarb Lace – Not too sweet but with a bit of added cane sugar to eliminate the mouth pucker, this fruit roll-up convinces many people who think they don’t like rhubarb that they really do! 4 roll-ups $5. Ingredients: rhubarb, cane sugar.
Rhubarb Raspberry Roll-ups – When we prepare one product and gain another from the “waste” we know we are on target! In the process of preparing a rhubarb raspberry culinary syrup for a Farm Partner, we milled out the solids and added a touch of sugar to mellow the sour note. This one packs a flavor wallop! 4 roll-ups $5. Ingredients: rhubarb, raspberries, cane sugar.
Yellow Plum Hazelnut Roll-ups – An abundant harvest works only if there is a way to hold the fruit in a way it won’t spoil. A touch of organic sugar and a bit of cinnamon sweetened the plum puree which dried with a scattering of local chopped hazelnuts on top. 4 roll-ups $5. Ingredients: yellow plums, organic sugar, cinnamon, hazelnuts.