Storing food at home: drying food


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by Penn State Extension

August 11, 2022

Storing food at home: an introduction to drying will explain the scientific reasoning behind today’s recommended methods of drying produce while dispelling food preservation myths and unsafe practices of the past.

When: Monday, September 19, 2022 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET)

Format: Live online via Zoom

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in home food storage. Drying is a home food preservation method that allows you to enjoy seasonal foods all year round. While this method of home food preservation has been around for centuries, we’ve learned a lot about the science behind this practice over the past few years.

  • Anyone interested in learning the basics of food preservation
  • The basic principles of drying fruits, vegetables, herbs and meat to ensure a safe product
  • Various drying methods including oven drying, using a dehydrator, microwave drying and air drying
  • Pre-treatment steps such as bleaching and anti-darkening dips to ensure a quality product
  • Food Safety Considerations When Processing Jerky
  • What to look for when buying a dehydrator
  • Ideas for using dehydrated foods

The ​Food storage at home will provide you with the scientific background, preparation tips and safe processing methods for storing food at home.

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