Drying Foods (Dehydrating)

prepared drying trays of food

Drying is one of the oldest methods for preserving foods. Dried foods need little space for storage. Some dried foods, such as fruit leathers, are eaten as is; others must be rehydrated for use. Follow these directions carefully for preparation and storage, for the best quality of dried foods.
  • Food Dehydrators (Source: National Center for Home Food Preservation) Tips for selecting a food dehydrator.

Vegetables

  • Drying Vegetables (Source: Colorado State University Cooperative Extension) Step-by-step instructions for drying a variety of vegetables

Herbs

  • Drying Herbs (Source: National Center for Home Food Preservation) 

Fruits and Fruit Leathers, Jerkies

  • Drying Fruits (Source: Colorado State University Cooperative Extension)
    Step-by-step instructions for drying a variety of fruit
  • Leathers and Jerkies (Source: Colorado State University Cooperative Extension)

Photo source: National Center for Home Food Preservation