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SunWorks Solar Food Dryer Now Available

9/6/2011 12:34:35 PM

Tags: SunWorks, solar food dryer, dry food, , Press Release

Looking for a better way to preserve all that garden produce without a hot kitchen canning project? A new solar food dryer promises to dry food fast and save energy and money using the sunshine in your back yard.

The new SunWorks™ Solar Food Dryer is designed for the home gardener, community gardener or small farmer who wants a solar-powered way to preserve nutritious local produce when it’s available and at its peak of flavor. The SunWorks™ Solar Food Dryer is available online as a ready-to-assemble kit at and locally in Eugene at the Green Store.

“Previously, if you wanted a solar food dryer you’d have to design and build it yourself,” says Eben Fodor, owner of SunWorks Technologies. “The SunWorks dryer can make solar food drying as mainstream as canning or electric drying, but solar energy is free, and it doesn’t add heat or odors to your house on those hot summer days when most food preservation is done.”

“We’re seeing big increases in energy and food costs, and at the same time people are much more interested in healthy, locally-grown food and backyard gardening,” says Fodor. “In just one or two days of sunshine, the SunWorks Solar Food Dryer preserves six pounds of even the juiciest foods, and gets it as dry as any electric dryer by efficiently harnessing the power of the sun.”

The SunWorks™ Solar Food Dryer has distinct advantages for preserving food:

  • Dry any food incredibly fast using 100% solar energy, saving $1-$2 per load over electric drying.
  • Compared with canning and electric dryers, the SunWorks solar dryer operates outdoors, keeping heat and odors out of the house, and it’s quiet with no noisy fans.
  • The compact, lightweight design is easy to use and store.
  • Drying temperature can be controlled with adjustable venting, enabling users to dry everything from herbs to vegetables and fruits.
  • Fun for families to spend more time outdoors and learn how amazing solar energy is.
  • Made in the U.S.A. in Eugene, Oregon.

The kit includes everything needed to start solar drying, including: an attractive and durable solid wood dryer cabinet with cedar legs; SunScreen polypropylene dryer screens; a solar glazing that’s 200x stronger than glass; and all necessary hardware.

SunWorks Technologies LLC was formed in 2006 in Eugene, Ore., to promote solar food drying as a sustainable, energy-efficient method of food preservation. The company began manufacturing and selling the SunWorks™ Solar Food Dryer in August 2011. SunWorks is owned and managed by Eben Fodor, a former energy engineer and author of the books “The Solar Food Dryer” and “Better Not Bigger.”  Find SunWorks online at

This press release is presented without editing for your information. MOTHER EARTH NEWS does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase. 

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