Wednesday, July 26, 2006

It's hot ...

... so hot, fruit will dehydrate instantly, or at least that's the theory.

DAY ONE, preparation:
1. The first step to dehydrating food is to purchase food. I chose three peaches from the local farmers market. Make sure they are fresh, bruises do effect the taste of dried fruit. If you don't have lemons, purchase one.
2. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice into a bowl, the flatter the bowl, the better. Put in some water, enough so that fruit slices will barely be covered. The lemon is to prevent the fruit from becoming brown (I think).
3. Start cutting the peaches. Occasionally place them in the bowl of lemon juice. I still haven't figured out how long they need to soak, but I would think 30 seconds would be fine.
4. When they are done soaking place them on a surface with vents or holes. They will need to
have the hot air move around them.

(I have no idea why this picture is sideways)

5. Continue cutting the peaches, placing them in the lemon juice, and then onto a surface. Make sure the peices don't overlap, or else they won't dehydrate very well.

Please, resist the temptation to consume said fruit prior to dehydration. The outcome will not be dehydrated fruit, just lunch.

DAY ONE, hour 0:
So far the fruit has been in the sun for -1 minute. It does not appear that the peaches have commenced dehydration.


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