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Drying Food at Home (PDF)

People have been preserving food through drying for thousands of years. Because dried food yields maximum quantity for the least volume, it has always been popular among hikers and campers. Dried food, however, is not just for people who enjoy the outdoors.


Today, more and more people are eating dried food as a healthier snack alternative to candy and chips. Because dried food can be stored for long periods without spoilage, it makes good economic sense, too.

This article is available in PDF format. Click here to download it.

Contents include:

  • Drying Methods
  • Vine Drying
  • Microwave Drying
  • Oven Drying
  • Dehydrator
  • Preparing Fruit for Drying
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Preparing Vegetables
  • Drying Herbs
  • Nutritional Value of Dried Foods
  • Packaging and Storing

Published by: University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.


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