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Interesting Way to Dry Fruit

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While on a walk through Berkeley yesterday, I saw a tray of sliced apples drying on the package shelf behind the rear seat of a car parked in the sun.  Seems like it might be a good way to dry fruit if the weather's right.  Anyone ever try this?  Any thoughts about a downside to this technique?

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I sure as heck ain't in Berkeley (never will be :smile:) and I've dried stuff that way...it's actually a common technique.

No real downside if the vehicle is vented and the produce kept out of direct sun.

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Only in Berkeley, folks, only in Berkeley.

 

I sure as heck ain't in Berkeley (never will be :smile:) and I've dried stuff that way...it's actually a common technique.

No real downside if the vehicle is vented and the produce kept out of direct sun.

 

Obviously, this technique is used elsewhere, wino ...

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I sure as heck ain't in Berkeley (never will be :smile:) and I've dried stuff that way...it's actually a common technique.

No real downside if the vehicle is vented and the produce kept out of direct sun.

 

Common?  Kinda new to me.

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I've never heard of it, either. 

 

It wouldn't work for me.  My 50 lb.  black Lab rides everywhere we go.  She loves fruit lol.

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I probably should have said common among those who don't want to purchase or build a dehydrator and/or spend money on energy.  :smile:

It's certainly not ideal, but when my solar dehydrators are full and i need some extra space...into the Jeep Liberty the stuff goes.

I've been drying stuff that way since about 1980.

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No, but many years ago when I was heavy into beekeeping I used the inside of a car as a solar beeswax melter.

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Doesn't it make your car smelly? And attract fruit flies?

I'm wondering how I can adapt this method to the back of my bike....

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Not unless you're bothered by the smell of drying fruits and vegetables.

Pests are a potential problem but the elevated heat in the vehicle usually keeps them at bay.

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I've read about this before, but never tried it. But it's been around for awhile, here's a 2009 article on the dehydration idea:

 

http://thetanglednest.com/2009/08/drying-food-in-car/

 

Also, there is a whole oeuvre on cooking with cars:

 

http://jalopnik.com/5913336/the-ten-best-recipes-for-cooking-with-your-car/

 

Some of it seems kinda silly to me, but I guess it works! 

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"Kinda silly" being the operative words.  I think if you can afford to drive a car around Berkeley, you can afford the Ronco dehydrator.

 

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http://www.amazon.com/Ronco-FD1005WHGEN-5-Tray-Electric-Dehydrator/dp/B000G20TCQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=http://www.amazon.com/Ronco-FD1005WHGEN-5-Tray-Electric-Dehydrator/dp/B000G20TCQ&linkCode=as2&tag=egulletcom-20">It's $35 on Amazon.

 

And if rotuts is around, you can be sure he's searching for the BB&B coupon  :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:  !

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They were probably driving a Humvee around Berkeley.

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Do you roast stuff in your engine compartment as well?

 

http://youtu.be/c8N7fbevmRg

Many years ago when we went camping in the High Sierras, I would wrap a roast and whole vegetables (potatoes and carrots, etc) in three layers of foil, put it on a wire grid over the manifold (big Chrysler engine) and by the time we got to Convict Lake it was done and the inside of the wagon smelled so good everyone was drooling.

Because it was so cool in the mountains, I would put yeast dough in a plastic bucket in the wagon so it would work like a proof box when it was sunny (most of the time) and I made wild strawberry jam in a baking pan on the dashboard (metal dash before the days of padding).  Worked like a charm.

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In South East Asia They dry pineapple and mango on street. Simple Fruit is sun dried in couple of days. You can see that front of houses together with sticky rice (crunchy sticky rice Disc) until cats comes   :laugh:

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I know someone who makes yogurt every day.

 

Park the car in shade in the morning with cultured milk inside before going to work. Yogurt will be ready in the evening.

 

 

 

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I dried green peppers that way.  Works like a charm, and no expense at all.

What if you live in a city and don't have a car?

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Frankly it's hard to imagine successful car-drying in Berkeley. This might work better in a drier climate. Yes, we are in the middle of a drought, but the air is not really dry the way it is in the southwest. I moved into a house in New Mexico one autumn (a million years ago) and discovered that someone had put several bushels of peach halves on the roof, spread out to dry. I am assuming they were from that summer, because, in fact, they were delicious, in a rustic rooftop kind of way. Leathery, not very moist, but really flavorful. Given the weird stuff I ate in my twenties I'm surprised I'm still alive.


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Frankly it's hard to imagine successful car-drying in Berkeley. This might work better in a drier climate. Yes, we are in the middle of a drought, but the air is not really dry the way it is in the southwest. I moved into a house in New Mexico one autumn (a million years ago) and discovered that someone had put several bushels of peach halves on the roof, spread out to dry. I am assuming they were from that summer, because, in fact, they were delicious, in a rustic rooftop kind of way. Leathery, not very moist, but really flavorful. Given the weird stuff I ate in my twenties I'm surprised I'm still alive.

 

 

I talked to the car owner yesterday evening and she gave me some apple slices that she dried.  They were pretty good and quite flavorful.  The apples came from a tree in her back yard.  I didn't ask her what type they were, but they looked like Gravenstein to me.

 

When I came to California in 1967, I discovered sun dried tomatoes on a ranch up in Napa.  These tomatoes were dried in small flats on the roof of the barn and ranch house.  Never having had (or heard of) sun dried tomatoes before, these were quite a treat, on several levels.

 

We humans are pretty resiliant.  Toots' early years were spent on her grandfather's plantation in the jungle of Paraguay, and to hear about what she ate and how she lived made me realize how strong we can be.

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Frankly it's hard to imagine successful car-drying in Berkeley. This might work better in a drier climate. Yes, we are in the middle of a drought, but the air is not really dry the way it is in the southwest. I moved into a house in New Mexico one autumn (a million years ago) and discovered that someone had put several bushels of peach halves on the roof, spread out to dry. I am assuming they were from that summer, because, in fact, they were delicious, in a rustic rooftop kind of way. Leathery, not very moist, but really flavorful. Given the weird stuff I ate in my twenties I'm surprised I'm still alive.

 

 

 

I'm in lovely NY state, our summer humidity average spikes above Berkeley's...no problem drying here.

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On my grandpa's farm in western Kentucky where I was born and raised, there were several outbuildings with galvanized metal roofs on which fruits were dried. I know from personal experience how hot the metal could get.  The fruits were on large screen frames (like window screens) that were covered with curtain "netting" and if a storm threatened the activity to get the fruit undercover was frantic. 

To prepare for the drying activity my uncles or some of the farm workers would set up sawhorses with planks so the women could walk along them to distribute the fruit and remove the frames when the stuff was dried. 

 

As it was always quite humid the drying did take longer than it does here in the southwest.  The one problem we had was that wasps and bees also like to try to get at the fruit - not to mention naughty children who were absolutely forbidden to climb onto the planks...

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