Dehydrating – A Frugal and Low Waste Pantry

Did you know that dehydrating is the oldest method of food preservation? Dried fruits, spices, herbs, teas, vegetable chips, jerky and soup mixes are all made using this age-old technique, and can easily be made at home for a fraction of the store-bought price (especially if you grow your own!).  Why not find out more about Dehydrating at the Crop Swap Sydney Dehydrating Workshop on 7 July 2018 in Lane Cove?

Don’t worry about having to rush out and buy a dehydrator or any other equipment.  All the techniques discussed at the workshop can be replicated in your home oven!! No prior knowledge is necessary and all materials supplied.  

Why Get Into Dehydrating?

Maybe you have too much basil, were gifted some lemons that you don’t have time to use, or know a fussy eater who doesn’t like veggies. Dehydrating can be used to solve all of these problems by preserving goods for seasons to come, producing foods that add a new dimension to meals, and by creating products that add hidden goodness to dishes. Homegrown and homemade treats also make great, personal gifts, that are also zero waste.

What Will I Learn?

This comprehensive and hands-on workshop will cover the basics required to dry products at home including:

  • Details about the three different methods of dehydrating(the sun, oven and different kinds of dehydrators);
  • A discussion on the range of products that can be dried and other uses for dehydrators;
  • Participants will be shown how to make their own natural bath bombs using only food grade ingredients and organic flowers. These make great frugal gifts and are a winner with kids;
  • Slicing and the different tools used to prepare foods for drying;
  • How to dry herbs;
  • An introduction to powders;
  • How to prepare and dry selected fruits and vegetables;
  • Storage of dried goods; and
  • Rehydrating.

You will also taste different type of dehydrated products.

Tomatoes with home grown herb mix by Laurie Green
Popcorn grown in Lane Cove being dried ready to store for popping later
Garlic drying – It will become garlic powder.

What will I take Home?

  • Your own handmade bath bombs;
  • Comprehensive notes on dehydrating practices;
  • A collection of recipes; and
  • The knowledge and practical experience to dry fruits, vegetables, herbs and powders at home.
Bath Bombs Made at Workshop

Who is the Educator?

Laurie Green, founder of Crop Swap Sydney, has been growing edibles for as long as she can remember, and experimenting with their culinary uses for almost as long.

Laurie has a background in design, community gardening, indoor growing and urban permaculture she is a strong advocate for sustainability, organics and creative frugality. Her zero-waste pantry is always a talking point amongst visitors and her dehydrator runs most days of the year.

Find out more about Laurie Green here and about Crop Swap Sydney here.

How Do I Book?

Just click here to go to our events page which has all the booking details you need.

So don’t throw out those half-used lemons.  Do something with your herbs before they turn to seed and save some money by attending this interesting dehydrating workshop.

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