by Tammy Taylor
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I love my solar oven and I use it often. I love that it takes no purchased energy to run and most of all that it leaves all the cooking heat outside where it belongs. I recently began dehydrating overage veggies from my garden. I freeze them as well from time to time but dehydrating them looks pretty cool in my pantry. It also reduces the volume to store by quite a bit and it works well for use in wintertime Endless Soups – my favorite application.
I decided to try to use my electric dehydrator trays to dehydrate in my solar oven – BIG MISTAKE! Although I left the solar oven’s lid unlatched so it wouldn’t get too hot inside the oven, it apparently doesn’t take very much heat at all to do this:
Epic FAIL! So the next batch I placed on the three stack-able racks I got with my the dehydration kit I purchased with my solar oven, covered with a layer of parchment paper. Much better!
I left the lid unlatched to both allow the moisture to escape as well as to not allow the oven to heat too high. I also kept an eye on the oven temperature & tried to adjust the oven toward or away from the sun to hold the temps to about 150 – 200 degrees.
I found that the top rack dried much more quickly than the racks below so I would remove one rack at a time when the contents were dehydrated and allow the remaining trays just a little more time to finish. In a few short hours I had beautiful dehydrated tomatoes.
I’ll grind these using this manual grinder or maybe my electric coffee grinder into a powder that I’ll use to thicken up my homemade salsa or winter soups. It takes up no room at all in a glass jar in my pantry. Success! For those of you asking which solar oven I have, I purchased this *Sun Oven and I highly recommend it.
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