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Why to Dry: Dehydrating Basics

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Why to Dry: Dehydrating Basics

  • Preserving Now @ Sweet Auburn Market 209 Edgewood Avenue Southeast Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States (map)

Drying foods is one of the oldest methods of preserving food for later use.  It’s simple, safe and doesn’t involve using vinegars or sugars or salts to preserve – simply heat over time to remove moisture.

Only thought of it as great for backpacking or just packing car-worthy treats?  Sure, dehydrated foods and snacks are lightweight, take up little space, and require no refrigeration.

Besides these uses, however, think of dried herbs, dried single or mixed vegetables for soups and stews,  dried fruits and fruit roll-ups for snacks and baked goodies,  and of course meat jerkies.  Even drying flowers if you like!  The list is limitless and it’s an excellent way to preserve the taste of the seasons!

Our class will center on lots of tastings – over a dozen items to see, taste, and learn how to use in many recipes. How about chewy black cherries, beet raisins, pina colada snacks (pineapple & coconut), tomatoes dried in balsamic and oregano,  strawberry apple roll-ups and so much more.

Learn the safe and easy way to do all of these!  Then we’ll taste recipes made with dehydrated foods:  how about cornbread with dried tomatoes, for example!

And something extra:  how to make dog treats – especially good for dogs with allergies or special tastes!

We’ll talk about the various methods of drying, with the pros and cons:  using the sun,  an oven or an electric dehydrator – along with recommendations for those who wish to consider purchasing an electric dehydrator.  And we’ll demonstrate the process of dehydrating with an electric dehydrator.

Note:  you don’t need to have a dehydrator to take this class.  We will, however, offer a limited number of our recommended low-cost dehydrator for sale (and no hard sell!)

You’ll take home lots of inspiration, full instructions on drying fruits, veggies, meats, dog treats, herbs, and other items.

Cost: $35.00; Homestead Atlanta members receive an additional 10% discount (with Member Discount code)

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