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Solar Dehydrator Project Part 1

Looking through woods with AR-15Earlier today (June 2, 2012) a buddy of mine and I were talking on the phone about long term food preps. Its one thing to plant a garden, harvest your crops, and have something to eat when the harvest is good. But what about when the garden is not producing, in-between seasons, or during the winter time?

The conversation turned to storing food. Once you harvest your crops, then what?

Pressure cooker are a viable option. For the “long” term you are going to have to stockpile a truckload of jars and extra seals for the jars. But lets not put all of our eggs in one basket.

Part of prepping for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, includes expanding our knowledge. There is the theory of survivalism, and then there is survivalism as an experience.

The purpose of this solar project to gain hands on, first hand experience. Its one thing to “talk” about building a solar dehydrator, its another thing to build and use a solar dehydrator.

After talking with my wife, and getting her opinion, we decided on a few things:

1 – The dehydrator will be built out of material we have at the house. The only thing we bought for the project was some clear plastic.

The purpose of only using material we already have was 1 – to save money, 2 – to see how a dehydrator could be made from basic building materials.

2 – My wife and I bought a couple of different types of fruit to test the dehydrator on: 2 peaches, 2 apples, strawberries and bananas.

On the first test we are going to do one of each type of fruit, just to see how it goes.

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