Reap the Garden and Market Bounty: How to Dry Food

Learn how to dry food. Drying foods harvested from your garden or the farmers market is one of the best ways to achieve year-round local eating. Learn the secrets of easy food drying, including how to dry which foods and time-saving tips. Also includes information about your electric and solar food dehydrator options.



Learn how to dry food. Drying food is easy and inexpensive, and is one of the best ways to enjoy local foods all year.
Learn how to dry food. Drying food is easy and inexpensive, and is one of the best ways to enjoy local foods all year.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
You can dry almost any fruit or veggie you like to eat.
You can dry almost any fruit or veggie you like to eat.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
If you don’t have a garden, stock up on in-season produce from a farmers market to dry at home.
If you don’t have a garden, stock up on in-season produce from a farmers market to dry at home.
Photo by Eben Fodor
Tap free solar energy to create amazing sun-dried tomatoes.
Tap free solar energy to create amazing sun-dried tomatoes.
Photo by Eben Fodor
Here, fresh parsley is dried in an electric food dehydrator.
Here, fresh parsley is dried in an electric food dehydrator.
Photo by Rick Wetherbee
Dried basil.
Dried basil.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
Many herbs can be dried simply by hanging them upside down.
Many herbs can be dried simply by hanging them upside down.
Photo by Walter Chandoha
Most fruits can be dried, and these sweet plums are going to be delicious!
Most fruits can be dried, and these sweet plums are going to be delicious!
Photo by Eben Fodor
I heard it through the grapevine: You don’t have to have California sunshine to make great raisins! Here, grapes are being prepped for the electric food dehydrator.
I heard it through the grapevine: You don’t have to have California sunshine to make great raisins! Here, grapes are being prepped for the electric food dehydrator.
Photo by Rick Wetherbee











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