Dehydrating Using Air and Sun

To dehydrate, all you need is air

   There may be many fancier dehydrators than this around, but this is mine:


This is a drawstring bag that I sewed out of the netting that came from an old tent that was falling apart. I can hang it out on a clothesline on sunny days, or let it hang in the house if it is wet outside. In the winter, I hang it near the radiators.

I have also laid pieces of netting out on top of frames for things that needed to be dried flat, like Essene (raw) bread.

The only other dehydrator that ever interested me was a junk car in the back yard, but I never had a junk car in a back yard that I could try dehydrating on, so I can't report how well it works. People say they lay the stuff on sweater drying racks in the trunk (boot) in the summer. 

Another innovative suggestion is to put the items you want to dry in netting, cheesecloth or air filters and secure it to a box fan with a bungee cord, but, of course, that uses electricity. Another electricity-using method is to put the food in an oven that has a light on inside, or you could just put a small light bulb or lamp in a cardboard box and put your food to be dehydrated in there. I have often thought I would like to try this with a glass box and use it in place of a regular light that I would use normally during the day -- it would take electricity, but it would be the same electricity I would use anyway for light.

Dehydrated Egg Powder

Take about 6 eggs at a time, beat well and then freeze in a glass jar overnight.
When you are ready to dehydrate them, let them thaw till cool (do not keep out at room temperature)
Place in an electric dehydrator for about 18 hours or until they are dry and brittle.
Run through a blender until they are powder.
Can be stored in a plastic ziplock baggie in the cupboard.
To rehydrate for use, mix 2 parts water to each part powdered egg.

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Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by The Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante.
Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike and Nancy Bubel. An excellent book on storage of fruits and vegetables.
The Solar Food Dryer How to Make and Use Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator
by Eben Fodor
Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity by Dr.Edward Howell


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