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May 23, 2017 IceFire 0

I’ve built one, as well. 2x4sfor the main framework, with racks made of lath strips and screening. Also have screening stapled to the top and 3 sides of the main framework, with a flap of screening for the front to help keep critters out. It can e used as either a drying rack, or as a storage rack for winter squashes, onions, etc.

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May 23, 2017 IceFire 0

I’ve built one, as well. 2x4sfor the main framework, with racks made of lath strips and screening. Also have screening stapled to the top and 3 sides of the main framework, with a flap of screening for the front to help keep critters out. It can e used as either a drying rack, or as a storage rack for winter squashes, onions, etc.

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May 22, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
theoutback wrote:
Thanks for posting Max. I’m just finishing up building a barn and probably have about 80% of what is needed left over from the barn build. Looks like it would be much more efficient than other ones I’ve seen. :thumbup:

Sure, this is the book I picked up cheap at a used bookstore, it isn’t as cheap on Amazon, but I wanted a dehydrator smaller and more portable than the plans I was seeing online, so I’m going to give this one a try: https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Food-Dryer … 0865715440

Let us know how your build goes!

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May 22, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
theoutback wrote:
Thanks for posting Max. I’m just finishing up building a barn and probably have about 80% of what is needed left over from the barn build. Looks like it would be much more efficient than other ones I’ve seen. :thumbup:

Sure, this is the book I picked up cheap at a used bookstore, it isn’t as cheap on Amazon, but I wanted a dehydrator smaller and more portable than the plans I was seeing online, so I’m going to give this one a try: https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Food-Dryer … 0865715440

Let us know how your build goes!

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May 17, 2017 ReadyMom 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Doesn’t the fruit go ‘rotten’, before it dries? We live with our backyard in a good southern exposure. LOTS of direct sun w/out trees in part of it. I’d love to try this, to see how well it works. -k

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May 17, 2017 ReadyMom 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Doesn’t the fruit go ‘rotten’, before it dries? We live with our backyard in a good southern exposure. LOTS of direct sun w/out trees in part of it. I’d love to try this, to see how well it works. -k

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May 17, 2017 oldasrocks 0
Fullmoon wrote:
Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

Ever hear of an overdose. Be careful my friend.

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May 17, 2017 oldasrocks 0
Fullmoon wrote:
Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

Ever hear of an overdose. Be careful my friend.

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May 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

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May 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
Fullmoon wrote:
I built a large food dryer to hang bunches of grapes in and make raisins. Keeps the flies off the fruit and stops the birds from stealing the harvest. I used wooden dowels to hang the grapes from. Remove the dowels and insert some galvanized metal lath to place other fruits on to de-hydrate. Works great. Built mine out of 2×2″ frame with a hinged top to allow access from the top and covered with screen door material.

Are you using any materials to concentrate/collect the sun’s rays to heat the food dryer or is it more just an enclosure to keep flies/birds away?

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
Fullmoon wrote:
I built a large food dryer to hang bunches of grapes in and make raisins. Keeps the flies off the fruit and stops the birds from stealing the harvest. I used wooden dowels to hang the grapes from. Remove the dowels and insert some galvanized metal lath to place other fruits on to de-hydrate. Works great. Built mine out of 2×2″ frame with a hinged top to allow access from the top and covered with screen door material.

Are you using any materials to concentrate/collect the sun’s rays to heat the food dryer or is it more just an enclosure to keep flies/birds away?

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Yes, except when it takes multiple days to dry, keeping a constant temperature, good airflow and keeping the birds and other animals away can be problematic.

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Yes, except when it takes multiple days to dry, keeping a constant temperature, good airflow and keeping the birds and other animals away can be problematic.

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May 15, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I built a large food dryer to hang bunches of grapes in and make raisins. Keeps the flies off the fruit and stops the birds from stealing the harvest. I used wooden dowels to hang the grapes from. Remove the dowels and insert some galvanized metal lath to place other fruits on to de-hydrate. Works great. Built mine out of 2×2″ frame with a hinged top to allow access from the top and covered with screen door material.

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0

I just picked up a used book in the bookstore that has plans in it to build your own solar dehydrator. Here is another plan on line, this dehydrator is a lot larger than the plans in the book I have, http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/tools/solar-food-dehydrator-plans-zm0z14jjzmar.

Have any of you built a solar dehydrator? It probably won’t happen for me this year but by next year, I would like to build one…

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0

I just picked up a used book in the bookstore that has plans in it to build your own solar dehydrator. Here is another plan on line, this dehydrator is a lot larger than the plans in the book I have, http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/tools/solar-food-dehydrator-plans-zm0z14jjzmar.

Have any of you built a solar dehydrator? It probably won’t happen for me this year but by next year, I would like to build one…

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March 20, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Has anyone dehydrated their own apple sauce? I just threw out about 10 jars of apple sauce that was a number of years old. We didn’t use it fast enough (as the kids grew older) and it turned brown in the jars! I’m replacing it all with dehydrated or freeze dried. I have a dehydrator, so I could dehydrate my own (I think). Not sure what the shelf life would be, doing it myself vs purchasing the #10 cans.

(I’ve posted a question, over on the general food forum asking for input on purchasing those cans). Apple sauce has been one of my ‘live & learn’ items in food storage. :( -k

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March 8, 2017 donba 0

We will have tomatoes and salad stuff in our raised bed as well as spices to dry from 8 inch pots. everything dried good except for the cumquats they were still mushy to much moisture for just cut in half. We have a Walley world about 10 blocks away for the frozen veggies, that $1.00 a bag is a good price.

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March 8, 2017 donba 0

We will have tomatoes and salad stuff in our raised bed as well as spices to dry from 8 inch pots. everything dried good except for the cumquats they were still mushy to much moisture for just cut in half. We have a Walley world about 10 blocks away for the frozen veggies, that $1.00 a bag is a good price.

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March 8, 2017 JayJay 0
donba wrote:
We have a lot of empty canning jars, and will use an oxygen tab as well as vacuuming them. We live in a housing track in a small town north of LA. Our gardening has ben small things like lettuce, corn, not enough room for other than a few plants. So we will dehydrate more things like corn, cut green beans.anything that would take a lot of room to grow.

Use Kroger’s to do your work. Buy $1 bag frozen veggies and dry them. I do this a lot.
They grow, pick, clean, slice, and blanch for me!!! ;)

Oh, my raised bed will still have tomatoes this summer for my convenience.

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March 8, 2017 JayJay 0
donba wrote:
We have a lot of empty canning jars, and will use an oxygen tab as well as vacuuming them. We live in a housing track in a small town north of LA. Our gardening has ben small things like lettuce, corn, not enough room for other than a few plants. So we will dehydrate more things like corn, cut green beans.anything that would take a lot of room to grow.

Use Kroger’s to do your work. Buy $1 bag frozen veggies and dry them. I do this a lot.
They grow, pick, clean, slice, and blanch for me!!! ;)

Oh, my raised bed will still have tomatoes this summer for my convenience.

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March 8, 2017 donba 0

We have a lot of empty canning jars, and will use an oxygen tab as well as vacuuming them. We live in a housing track in a small town north of LA. Our gardening has ben small things like lettuce, corn, not enough room for other than a few plants. So we will dehydrate more things like corn, cut green beans.anything that would take a lot of room to grow.

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March 8, 2017 NJMike 0

Sounds great. Good idea to concentrate on items you want that could be difficult to get in the future. Out of curiosity how are you storing these when you’re done?

I’ve got a small dehydrator that hasn’t been used in years. I have some bananas that are ripe so perhaps I’ll see if it’s still working. Otherwise, I picked up a newer one for the GF around the holidays and she’s using it. I may be outsourcing my dehydrating…lol.

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March 8, 2017 donba 0

Just got through loading 4 of the 5 trays on our dehydrator. We haven’t used it much decided to run a few trays through it. !tray is tomato slices. 1 tray of lemon slices. 1 tray of orange slices. 1tray is 1/2 oranges and the other half cumquats.Started the dehydrating by running it at 165 for thirty minuets, then down 135. When this load is done we bought a pineapple, to try out. How do you tell if a pineapple is ripe. :) I think I will be drying some foods we don’t or can’t grow locally.

Statistics: Posted by donba — Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:24 pm