Table of Contents
Appendix A: Sun Path Charts
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Preventing Outdoor Pests
- Backup Electric Heating
- Maintenance and Cleaning
- How Big a Dryer Do I Need? Size, Capacity and Portability
- Using Recycled Materials
- Types of Solar Dryers
- Complete Instructions for Making Your Own Solar Dryer
- Sun Works Solar Dryer Features
- Assembly Instructions
- Parts List for Sun Works Solar Food Dryer
- 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
- Favorite Dried Food Recipes
Appendix B: Useful Solar Data
Appendix C: Handy Conversion Factors for Solar Energy
Appendix D: Glossary
Appendix E: Resources for Solar Food Drying
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.