Synopses & Reviews
Try the newest old-fashioned way to preserve food!
Easy, economical, and nutritious, drying is a natural, great-tasting alternative to canning or freezing.
Whether you use the sun, your oven, or a purchased dehydrator, getting started is easy with Making & Using Dried Foods. There are even complete plans for building your own food dryer.
Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the process of drying and storing more than a hundred kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and herbs. And when you're ready to use your bounty, just choose from dozens of recipes for using dried foods in nutritious and delicious snacks, soups, and entrees.
-- tomato pesto
-- turkey jerky
-- apple-cherry muffins
-- herbal teas
-- fruit roll-ups
-- pumpkin bread
-- soup mixes
"Easy, economical and nutritious, drying is a natural, great-tasting alternative to canning or freezing. Includes instructions for drying almost everything with or without a commercial dehydrator, and more than 200 delicious recipes using dried foods." - Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Step-by-step instructions for drying almost everything with or without a commercial dehydrator. Includes more than 200 delicious recipes using
Dry and store fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and herbs with these simple, step-by-step instructions. Includes dozens of recipes and plans for building your own food dryer.
About the Author
Phyllis Hobson is the author of several Storey Books and Garden Way Publishing titles including Satisfying Soups, Making & Using Dried Foods, Raising a Calf for Beef, and Tan Your Hide! She lives in Zapata, Texas.
Table of Contents
Drying Foods Can Save You Money
How to Dry Foods
Dehydrator * Sun * Conventional Oven or Homemade Dryer * Microwave Oven
Buying a Dehydrator
Safety * Size * Airflow * Trays * Doors * Controls * Cabinets * Cost of Operation * Final Thoughts
To Pretreat or Not to Pretreat
For Pretreating * Against Pretreating * Pretreating Methods
Testing and Storing Dried Foods
Storing Dried Foods * If You Can't Store It Right Away
Dried Baby Food * Apples * Apricots * Bananas * Blueberries, Cranberries, and Gooseberries * Candied Fruit * Cherries * Currants * Figs * Grapes (Raisins) * Lemon or Orange Peel * Peaches * Pears * Persimmons * Pineapple * Plums (Prunes) * Raspberries and Blackberries * Rhubarb * Strawberries
Dried Baby Food * Asparagus * Beans * Beets * Broccoli * Brussels Sprouts * Cabbage * Carrots * Cauliflower * Celery * Corn * Cucumbers * Eggplant * Green Beans * Green Tomatoes * Greens * Kohlrabi * Lettuce * Mushrooms * Okra * Onions * Parsnips * Peas (Green) * Peas (Black-Eyed, Crowder, and Chick) * Peppers/Pimientos * Potatoes * Pumpkin * Radishes * Rutabagas * Salsify * Sauerkraut * Sprouts * Squash * Sweet Potatoes * Tomatoes * Tomato Puree * Turnips * Zucchini
Microwave Herb Drying * Conventional Oven Herb Drying * Anise * Basil * Bay Leaves * Celery Leaves * Chervil * Chili Peppers * Chives * Cumin * Dill * Fennel * File Powder * Garlic * Green Onions * Marjoram * Mint * Oregano * Parsley * Rosemary * Sage * Savory * Tarragon * Thyme * Herb Mixtures * Fines Herbes * Herb Teas * Camomile * Catnip * Horehound * Lemon Balm * Lemongrass * Rose Hips * Sassafras * Solar Tea * Herb Tea Blends * Herb Butters * Herb Vinegars
Beef and Venison * Ham * Poultry * Lamb * Fish * Jerky
Drying Dairy Products
Cheese * Milk * Eggs
Grains * Corn * Breakfast Cereals * Crackers