Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A newly discovered book, which I plan to buy

Published by Garden Way Publishing in 1983:

Food Drying: How to Dehydrate, Store and Use Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs

5/3 update: I bought it over ebay on a Buy it Now for 1 dollar, 5 dollars total. The poor sucker doesn't know what he'll be missing (but I do). Yippee!


Jenni said...

Sounds like a good book, would love to hear what you think of it. I have recently purchased a dehydrator and I'm not quite sure what to do with it :) I've used it a couple times but haven't been too impressed with the results. So what have you done so far with yours? Just curious :)

a. borealis said...

I don't have a food dehydrator, actually. I've never dried anything before either, but when I saw the book at the library I snagged it. I definitely want to learn how. They recommend drying as opposed to freezing or canning because it saves on energy and equipment and preserves much of the original nutrients (whereas canning destroys some of it). I thought those were all interesting points.

They talk about drying vegetables, which I hadn't ever really considered, but also fruits and herbs, which I had. Fruit leather sounds very appealing! Have you done that before? Because we're going rural, I thought I better build up a stock of useful reference books on food preservation, as I plan to go balls-to-the-wall. I can't wait!! I wish I had this knowledge built in, but I'll learn, slowly but surely.

Anyway, they also talk about using the sun or an oven to dry your foods (in addition to food dehydrators, which I am sure are vastly improved since 1983). I think I'll give those a options a try before I buy a dehydrator. What have you used yours for?