Dehydration of Food


Dehydration of Food is one of the oldest methods of preserving food for later use. It can either be an alternative to canning and freezing or a compliment to these methods. With modern food dehydrators, drying food is simple, safe and easy to learn. Dried food is great in traditional cooking recipes and can save you a lot of time in the kitchen during meal preparation time. Dried foods are also ideal for camping and backpacking as they take up little weight or space and do not require refrigeration. Kids really love fruit leathers too, which make a healthy nutritious snack food.


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Many of our articles are presented here courtesy of the Utah State University Extension, University of Florida Extension, Clemson University Extension, North Dakota University Extension, and the Ohio State University Extension.


Remedies for Drying Problems

Drying Fruits

Drying Prepared Fruits

Drying Fruit Leathers

Drying Jerky

Pretreating Vegetables

Cooling and Drying Prepared Vegetables

Drying Vegetables

Using Dried Vegetables

Drying Vegetable Leathers

Drying Herbs

Drying Seeds, Popcorn, and Nuts

Drying - Frequently Asked Questions

Packaging and Storing Dried Foods

Drying Foods Indoors

Drying Foods Outdoors

How Drying Preserves

Conditioning Fruits

Pretreating Fruits for Drying