Build this: Solar Food Dryer
Raise your hand if you like dehydrated bananas. Be honest, now. OK, so they’re too sweet for you. How about sun-dried tomatoes? How do we in the western world acquire these wonderful tasting and wonderfully nutritious foods? We buy them at ridiculously jacked-up prices in comparison to their fully hydrated counterparts.
I (J.) was surprised to learn that dehydrated foods have retain more nutritional value than their canned counterparts. Dried foods are also remarkably lighter and less bulky by 1/2 to 1/15 their original weight. That was not too surprising, but coupled with the nutritional knowledge is big for people who pack food while traveling. See, there’s no excuse for picking up that pack of cheesy-poofs on the concourse.
Now, it is really convenient to walk through your local Whole Foods-esque store, shovel some great dried food in a container and not think about how it got that way. What would you do if you could have these foods whenever you wanted? Imagine having a food drier of your own. Those of you with gardens could essentially have dried foods for very much reduced – almost free – prices.
N. and I recently received a really, really interesting book for our engagement party, that will (hopefully soon) help us to enjoy the sun-dried foods that we really enjoy. The Solar Food Drier by Eben Fodor, is not only very informative in the realm of drying and dried food, but also gives full instruction on the construction of a food drier.
Admittedly, I haven’t finished reading the entire book. However, that which I have read was very educational, and the instructions for building were not only very thorough but very easy to understand. In an effort to not spoil the rest of the book, I won’t go into greater detail, but I encourage you to go ahead and check this book out from your local library.
ps- if you’ve made or are making one of these, please hit us up with some objective advice!