Dehydration is the least expensive food preservation method available--it is also the oldest. Drying removes moisture so pathogens and spoilage organisms cannot grow.
Food can be dehydrated in the sun or an electric food dehydrator. It is recommended that food dried outdoors be frozen for 48 hours to kill any insect eggs. Storage of any dried food in the freezer will extend its shelf life.
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- Dehydration Basics
- Food Dehydrators
- Drying Fruit (PDF)
- Fruit Leathers
- Drying Vegetables (PDF)
- Drying Jerky
- Drying Herbs
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