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The Solar Food Dryer: How to Make Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator Paperback – Jan 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (Jan. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715448
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Solar Food Dryer describes how to use solar energy to dry your food instead of costly electricity. With your own solar-powered food dryer, you can quickly and efficiently dry all your extra garden veggies, fruits and herbs to preserve their goodness all year long-with free sunshine! Applicable to a wide geography-wherever gardens grow-this well illustrated book includes:

  • Complete step-by step plans for building a high-performance, low-cost solar food dryer from readily-available materials
  • solar energy design concepts
  • food drying tips and recipes
  • resources, references, solar charts, and more.

- A Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living -

(2005-06-08)

About the Author

Eben Fodor is a professional community planning consultant, and an environmentalist, civic activist, and grassroots organizer from Eugene, Oregon. He has been in the middle of the urban growth controversy for the past ten years.


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By Prairie Gal TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 25 2010
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After buying the book and making the dryer, we would suggest a few changes to the plans. Some of the plans are missing needed information and although the overall design is good, there are a few features which seemed to be overlooked, which we added to the design. Overall, however, the book does carefully describe the construction process and the photos help quite a bit with construction. It is lightweight and easily moved, sturdy and effective. It might be important to note , however, that building this dryer cost double the suggested cost, so it is not very economical. Also, some of the resources listed in the back of the book are no longer carrying the supplies listed.
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Excellent book as an introduction for those individuals who are looking for a natural way to preserve fresh foods. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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This book gives very explicit instructions for building a solar dehydrator. It's very informative and also provides recipes at the end.
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This book is full of great information and the plans for the dehydrator do seem to be easy for a home DIY person.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9efc9c0c) out of 5 stars 46 reviews
68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee966c) out of 5 stars A very worthwhile book July 29 2006
By Edward Esch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fodor has written a book to be used, not simply read. The first part deals with the theory and physical facts of solar drying, while the second tells how to make a dryer. Next comes a section on preparing food to dry, followed by a brief group of recipes and, finally, some very handy appendices. Fodor writes clearly and handles details well.
63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee9a74) out of 5 stars Killer Book, a MUST HAVE for the Homemaker/Homesteader! Nov. 2 2006
By Aaron T - Published on Amazon.com
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If you do any kind of homemaking, preserving, growing of your own food, etc., then you absolutely need to get this book! This will give you low-cost and realistic way to preserve your food naturally and in a way that keeps it tasting great! The step-by-step instructions for building the author's food dryer are top-notch and easy to follow, even for the non-mechanically inclined.

My only wish is that the author had included plans for the other food dryers mentioned, though a quick Google will supply this, so it's not really necessary.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee987c) out of 5 stars The Solar Food Dryer: How to make and Use You Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator Aug. 20 2006
By Miranda D. Sieh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very informational about the food dryer design promoted in the book. I wish it had a little more information about the pros and cons of other solar dryer designs.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee9e7c) out of 5 stars Drying food May 26 2008
By J. Lootsma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I don't necessarily agree that the food dryer in this book is the most optimal design. Creating a hot plate, and then shading it with layers of fruit seems to be less then optimal to me. I am going to built a food dryer similar to the Mexican one described in the book. But that's of course a personal choice. The book is very very detailed in how to make the proposed fruit dryer. If you are not a handy type person, I guess you will still be able to make it. For me, personally it's far too much detail. I like to work from a picture only and make it to my liking, I don't like all the strict guidelines. However, this book is very helpful in explaining all the in's and out's of food drying. The underlying principals, the effect of different angles in regards to the rays of the sun, the effect of where you are on the world in regards to the strenght's of the sun rays, how to regulate the temperature by means of ventilation openings, etc. In this respect the book has taught me a lot more then I imagined I would, and has given me the basic knowledge to build a decent sun powered food dryer, and in that respect I regard this book as a really good buy.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eee9ee8) out of 5 stars This book is not what I was told it was. Feb. 11 2013
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The description of this book said it contained several simple designs for solar dehydrators. It contained only one complicated design which required electricity to work. Not a true solar dehydrator at all. Totally disappointing and not as advertised.


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