My new property has four apricot trees, many plums and peaches, and I'm hoping for a good crop of tomatoes. I've never preserved via drying, but seems like a good idea....I live dried fruit. I'm not ready to put $1000+ into a commercial grade dehydrator, but don't want some a crappy plastic thing that will break after a few cycles. Is there anything decent in the $100-$400 range?
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I have 'one of those crappy things' and it works well and has lasted for years. Apple slices are really easy and are a great snack. Some people spray a little Sodium metabisulphite on the slices to stop them going brown.
Have you planted your early potatoes yet? 'Swift' is a good cultivar to get.
There's always the make your own approach:
My mother-in-law bought this one and is super happy with it. She said it surpasses her old Sunbeam by miles!
I'm planning to buy one for summer as well.
Bamboo wrote: Thanks for that Hawkspur have added that to my list of things to build!!
Just ordered the vitality4life one. The DIY idea appeals, but thermostatic control and a timer win out... plus storing some contraption I built of plywood could be a problem. When I get thoroughly solarized, electrical gadgets will effectively be solar.
Btw the same company makes larger and smaller version. Judging from the comments, they tend to sell out in the Autumn.
So how do those of you who use a dehydrator, actually store what you've dried? I used to have one, but found that what I dehydrated didn't keep very well so I sold the dehydrator.
I stored my dried fruit in preserving jars but had the same trouble unless something was dried to a bullet, This year I have a hanging net enclosed shelf in which I am going to store the fruit in cotton bags.
You can get them on ebay for less than $20 if you search camping hanging shelf. I tried to paste a link but it didn't work.
yes if you put the dried fruit in jars, they tend to go mouldy unless really well dehydrated.
For the past few years I've been drying my apples by stringing them on horizontal strings in my greenhouse. After five sunny days, they go into small ziplock bags in the pantry...and last with no probs through to next summer. Dunno if it would work for other sorts of fruits, though.
I use Sweda Food Dehydrator from time to time. But to be honest I prefer to store products in special food containers and bags that I ordered here https://allinpackaging.co.uk/ a few months ago. It's more convy for me and I think it has less effect on nutritional value of the products.