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The Solar Food Dryer Book

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Make your own solar food dryer and use the free power of the sun to preserve delicious fruits and vegetables the old-fashioned way.
  • Includes plans for building a high-performance, low-cost dryer
  • Also has food drying tips and recipes, resources, references, solar charts and solar energy design concepts
  • Fodor, 7-1/2" × 9", 121 pp.
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THE SOLAR FOOD DRYER BOOK DESCRIPTION
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
  1. Food Drying Is More Fun in the Sun!
    • Why Dry?
    • Going Solar
    • Is Solar Food Drying Right for Me?
    • Why Haven't I Heard More about Solar Food Dryers?
    • The Bigger Picture
  2. Harvesting Solar Energy
    • The Power of the Sun: Capturing Solar Energy to Dry Food
    • Solar Basics
    • Geography and Seasons
    • Climate and Weather Issues
    • Atmospheric Clearness
    • More Solar Facts
  3. Design Considerations for Solar Dryers
    • Making Food Dry: Heat and Air Flow
    • Direct Heating by the Sun
    • The Basic Solar Collector
    • The "Solar Fan"
    • Temperatures and Venting
    • Collector Angle
    • Insulation and Double Glazing
    • Reflectors
    • Weatherizing
    • Preventing Outdoor Pests
    • Backup Electric Heating
    • Maintenance and Cleaning
    • How Big a Dryer Do I Need? Size, Capacity and Portability
    • Materials
    • Using Recycled Materials
    • Types of Solar Dryers
  4. Complete Instructions for Making Your Own Solar Dryer
    • Sun Works Solar Dryer Features
    • Assembly Instructions
    • Parts List for Sun Works Solar Food Dryer
    • Enhancements
  5. Putting Your Solar Dryer to Work
    • What to Dry
    • Food Preparation for Drying
    • When to Dry
    • Backup Heating During Poor Weather
    • Operating Tips
    • How Drying Preserves Food
    • Drying Times and Temperatures
    • How Dry is Dry Enough?
    • Storing Dried Foods
    • Nutrition and Food Quality
    • Pre-treating Foods to Prevent Darkening
  6. Favorite Dried Food Recipes
Appendix A: Sun Path Charts
Appendix B: Useful Solar Data
Appendix C: Handy Conversion Factors for Solar Energy
Appendix D: Glossary
Appendix E: Resources for Solar Food Drying
Index
About the Author

Excerpt from page 3-4

Drying can actually improve the flavor of many foods. Bananas are fantastic fruits, but dried bananas are heavenly. A Roma tomato is almost too bland to eat fresh, but dried it's a treat your tastebuds will savor. Watery Asian pears are sometims a little disappointing. Dried, the are amon the finest treats on the planet.

Indoor electric food dryers have become very popular in recent years. These dryers generally work well. But they do have somedrawbacks. They require electricity around the clock — 100 to 600 Watts is typical. An electric dryer costs about one to two dollars per load fo rthe electricity to operate it. These electricity costs eat into the savings of doing it yourself.


Customer Reviews of The Solar Food Dryer Book
Product Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0(1 reviews)
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- 9/20/2011
said: Kiri
"This book is very technical. It is full of charts of the sun’s path and other scientific solar data. Chapter 4 provides instructions for building your own solar food dryer. It is very complicated. A neighbor is building mine and has complained a lot about the difficulty of the task and especially following the book’s directions. This man built his own house. I only recommend this book for someone with some scientific knowledge and/or good woodworking skills."
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