dehydrating food

Dehydrating Food is becoming another favorite way of preserving our harvest. I don't know that I'll ever give up canning but drying has some advantages. 

The main advantage is space. Dried foods take up hardly any space at all compared to both freezing and canning.  A quart size jar holds a lot of food! 

It also is better for the nutritional value of your foods.  I hate to admit it but yes.... canned food does lose more nutrition than dried.  (of course there are other advantages to home canned food)

The other is energy. No energy is expended to store dried foods. You do use elecricity to run an electric dehydrator but it is still efficient.  If you have a way to dry foods with solar energy that is even better!

I've been canning a long time, and I'm sure I'll continue.  But I've been on a mission to learn more ... especially since my husband built me a solar dehydrator.  (very big smile!) 


Apples, Apricots, Strawberries and more.  Super healthy snacks. Pears are the best!! It's nature's candy!

Click here to learn more about dehydrating fruit. 


This page is about specifically about oregano... but the same methods work for most herbs.  Growing herbs in your garden? Learn how to save it.

Click here to learn how to dehydrate herbs.


Most vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, green beans and more. Have you ever cooked with dried tomatoes?..... oh my, it is the bomb! (as my son would say)

Click here to learn more about dehydrating vegetables.

Dehydrator Reviews and Other Information

Here are reviews on some of the more popular dehydrators available on the market. 

Handy Tools Some tools that make things very easy. You could get by with a good knife but slicing and dicing will go much quicker with these items.  Even and thin is needed for most food items.  

How to choose a good Dehydrator   What are the differences in types and brands.  Round? Square? Fan? No Fan? Cheap?  Expensive?  Worth it? 

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