Solar Food Dehydration

Here in the Southwestern desert regions we are blest (cursed?) with abundant solar gain.  One of the many ways we can use this resource is though dehydration of vegetables, fruits and meats.

For centuries humans have dried their foods in order to preserve and use them during the winter months.  The knowledge of our ancestors combined with today’s research has given us safe and yet creative methods of continuing this long tradition.

Rose will be giving a presentation on preserving the harvest for the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education series in October.  This will include basics of water bath canning, pressure canning, touched on how to dry fruits, vegetables, jerky and fruit leathers using various solar based or techno methods.


Solar Dehydration  Click this link for a PDF version of Rose’s presentation..

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