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Monday, July 6, 2009

Car Dehydrator

Don't have a dehydrator but would like to make fruit leather or dehydrate fruit and veggies? To make sure you get appropriate temperatures, just setting out in the sun can make it difficult, but if you have an automobile and it is high temperature summer time, you have a dehydrator.

Prepare your fruit roll up mixture and pour in a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Put cheesecloth over the pan (not touching) to keep bugs off. For veggies and fruit, put sliced pieces on a cooling rack in a baking pan and cover with cheesecloth.

Put food in back window in the sun. Leave window cracked to let moisture out.

Thin sliced fruit and fruit leather should dry in about 6 hours of hot sun in the car. Large pieces (like half of an apricot) could take up to 2 days.

5 comments:

Amanda said...

Thanks for this post! I have been thinking about buying a dehydrator as we love dried fruit, but this is a great idea and the power is free! I will definitely try this.

MJ said...

If you do it, Amanda, definitely write back and tell us what item you tried to dry this way and how it went!

Betsy Bargain said...

I knew there had to be a way to harness all that heat that builds up in the car! What a great idea, I will try this. Thanks.

mrshester said...

What an awesome idea!! I wonder how well that would do in high humidity areas like ours can be in Tennessee?

Sewing-Chick said...

What a neat idea. You're always full of great ideas :)

BTW, I left you an award on my blog!