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Comprehensive guide to drying food

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5out of 5

by Heather on 11 May 2012

?The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home? by Terri Paajanen is a comprehensive guide on all the ways to dry and store foods. The author covers all types of drying methods: sun drying, air drying, oven drying, food dehydrators, and microwave drying and explains the drawbacks and benefits of each method. But that isn?t all, the author also gives a little history about drying foods, how to properly store it, and using dehydrated foods.

For those who are just beginners at drying foods and those who have been doing it for a while, this book if for all those in that range. Ms. Paajanen does an excellent job with educating the reader on the history of drying foods, the different methods, proper storage, safety, what can be dried, using dehydrated foods, and she gives a ton of recipes incorporating dried foods.

One example of a recipe in this book:

Spiced Apple Leather

4 apples
1/2 cup water or apple juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves

When she is covering how to dry fruits, vegetables, herbs, bread, nuts, etc., she also gives directions on how to dry them using each method and which method is the best for that item.

This book will need to be kept on hand in the kitchen as it will be frequently referred to!
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