Use a Gas Oven as a Food Dehydrator

If you have a gas oven, you can use the heat from the pilot light for a variety of kitchen projects.

Teapot on Gas Oven

The pilot light of a gas oven makes a fantastic, built-in food dehydrator.

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For those of us who haven’t gotten around to building a solar food dehydrator, I’ve discovered a great substitute — your gas oven with just the pilot light on. So far, I’ve dried apples, grapes and onions this way.

It’s also good for keeping crackers crisp and salt shakers running smoothly, plus it’s the perfect temperature for making yogurt.

Ted Hale
Bangor, Maine