A Good Drying Day

Published August 9, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

The dehydrator has been used to dry and preserve foods for many years.
When you have a glut of something, it’s useful to have a raw-food way of preserving some, and keeping all the nutrients.
Here are some of the foods I preserve in the dehydrator:

Tomatoes
Slice into 4 or 5 slices each
Dry as they are or…
Dip in olive oil
Sprinkle with salt and chopped herbs
Keep in a jar and use just like sun-dried tomatoes

Plums
Cut in half
Remove stone
Dip in olive oil and mixed spice

Apples
Cut into slices
Either dry as they are or…
Dip in olive oil and ground cinnamon for a spicy Autumnal treat

Root Vegetable Crisps
Use a vegetable peeler to slice carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnip and beetroot
Dry just as they are, until crispy.

Garlic
Peel a lot of garlic cloves
Chop finely in a food processor (or by hand, if you can be bothered)
Dry in a nut milk bag or a dehydrator tray until completely dry
The pieces will clump together, so use an electric mill to crush them
Keep in a jar and use anywhere you’d use fresh garlic

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