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Message Subject Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Solar Dehydrating

If you're a gardener, then you probably have a large freezer and can much of your produce. It all comes in at different times, so you need a way to store it. Of course many of us would prefer to freeze it since it's so much simpler and taste better, but that's a big investment in progressively larger and larger freezers, and if the power went out, we'd lose everything.

Another option that's used is dehydrating the produce. Now some people play around with it with small dehydrators, but these devices use electricity, and often run completely full and run continuously and still only produce a small amount.

In a collapse, you won't have electricity. At some point, you'll run out canning lids, and while you can buy reusable lids, there's always some glass breakage.

How are we teaching villagers in 3rd world nations to preserve their food? They're supplied with experts to help them build large outdoor solar dehydrators. These don't use electricity, not unless there's also solar panels around for the fans. Hot air is channeled into the main chamber, and then it passes over the drying produce and exhaust out to remove the moisture.

The smartest users also place water containers inside, and this creates solar mass. Since the water takes time to heat up, as the day ends and the temperature drops outside, the solar mass releases some stored heat, and this continues the drying process. Care must be taken to ensure the box has a good seal, for you don't want moist air entering the chamber. By doing both things, less mold develops on the drying material and it preserves the food better.

See these links for information on making a dehydrator. Winter is an ideal time to construct these devices.
[link to solarcooking.wikia.com]
[link to www.motherearthnews.com]
[link to growappalachia.blogspot.com]
[link to www.motherearthnews.com]
[link to www.mayacreek.org]

This link contains very clear plans for building it:
[link to tec.appstate.edu]
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