How to Build a Solar Food Dehydrator for $300, Preserve 10 Pounds of Food at a Time


By Justin Gardner Preserving food is an essential skill of the homesteading lifestyle. Whether you grow the food yourself or purchase it in bulk at farmers markets, some kind of preservation is needed so you can have certain fruits and vegetables later in the year.
While canning, pickling and freezing work well, adding dehydration to the mix gives you even more diversity. Instead of spending lots of money on a fancy machine, you can make a solar food dehydrator for much less, and take pride in your DIY project.
Dennis Scanlin of the Appropriate Technology Program at Appalachian State University spent nearly 20 years testing …read more