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Old 05-08-2013, 06:03 AM   #1
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Hello all,

With my recent interest in vegetable gardening came yet another interest: preservation.

Now obviously there are many methods of preserving food stuffs, and all have their ups and downs, but I wanted to focus on drying.

So, I am looking for input and resources on dehydrating veggies. I realize some will probably dry and eat better than others and that some will use conventional dehydrators and some will use less conventional methods.

What is the input on these two topics? I want to know what I grow will keep well dehydrated and I dont want to have to spend $200 on a machine to do it (most of this will be relatively small scale).

Thanks in advance for any input!

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There are many dehydrators out there at yard sales that are brand new and can be acquired for a $20 bill. I got both of mine this way, so keep the cost reasonable by expending a little time looking.

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Thats interesting.

I cant say that I have ever seen out at flea markets or anything but I will have to keep a closer eye on it.

Any opinion on which veggies dry best for later use?

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Use the oven.

http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/dehydrating-vegetables.html

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Thats interesting.

I cant say that I have ever seen out at flea markets or anything but I will have to keep a closer eye on it.

Any opinion on which veggies dry best for later use?

Squash, zucchini, carrots, onions, all peppers, peaches, apples, berries, apricots, bananas,.... I've done all of these with good results.
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If they can dehydrate watermelon, you can dry anything.

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Read thru this thread(if you can). It will tell you everything you EVER wanted to know about Dehydrating.............

http://www.preparedsociety.com/forum/f36/whats-everyone-dehydrating-today-8918/

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Thanks everyone. Its a lot of good info!

MisterCool, thats a good point, I just wasnt sure what would survive the process the best when it came tine to eat it.

Thanks Loc. Most of that is right up my alley!

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