An unashamed plug of something I'm sooo exicted about...
Following numerous requests on how readers of my blog could get their own "Foothills DryAway" I am happy to announce that I am now able to offer it to all who would like to purchase it.
I have employed the services of 4 different carpenters / woodworking businesses, and, after 4 prototypes I am now happy with the final one.
|"Foothills DryAway" - the perfect solution to dehydrate|
excess harvest. And it is 100% Proudly South African
(This image was of my first prototype)
The "Foothills DryAway" has two outer surfaces of extremely strong fly-proof netting...
|I couldn't wait to use the unit, so I shoved in some|
pineapple sage as the first dehydrated item
|Dehydrated pineapple sage - specifically made for|
a very special friend... (Did kymber ever get it...?)
|Flies have tried their very best, but they are|
unable to access the food drying within :)
1 ensure a tight fit of the three frames to prevent smaller fruit fly type of insects from entering the inner area;
2 prevent the wooden frame from warping during it's long exposure to the sun / any humidity in the air.
|As the pineapple sage was drying I added|
half a peeled pumpkin
|The dehydrated pineapple sage was replaced with|
piquanté peppers - I have a longing for some ground
piquanté pepper this winter :)
The unit is easy to clean (a hosepipe and some spurting water, or a jug of water and washing-up brush takes care of any food which may, or may not, stick to the drying surface). (I purposely left the legs lying in a puddle of rain water for three days, and discovered absolutely no swelling / distortion whatsoever. Please note though, that leaving a unit filled with your excess harvest out in the dew or rain is pointless as the food will, obviously, just absorb the moisture, and you'll have to start the dehydration process all over again.)
|As can be seen in the above pic, grating the pumpkin prior to|
dehydrating allows it to dehydrate quicker
thus retaining it's colour and prevents it from bleaching
Not only can you dehydrate your excess veggies, but you can also use the "Foothills DryAway" to make dried fruit (think mango / apricots / grapes / peaches / apple slices, berries, etc) or biltong (jerky). For biltong simply place the prepared meat on the drying net, position a piece of paper / foil below the meat on the lower flyscreen (to catch all the drips) and let the winter sun / breeze do all the work for you.
|Two large-ish 25 - 30cms pumpkins dehyrated down into|
1½ X 1lt preserving jars
In addition, the legs fold away to allow for easy "out-of-season storage" of the unit.
So, if you live in Southern Africa and you're interested in having your own "Foothills DryAway", please drop me an e-mail to :
|The front view of the final prototype of the "Foothills DryAway"|
|The Gardener magazine - February 2017|