Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Solar Dehydrator

The temperature inside reached 175°.

I preground the garlic scapes in the (electric) food processer, and we put them on trays in the dehydrator. When they were completely dry, Deus Ex Machina ran them through the manual food mill and made a powder.

Garlic scape powder doesn't have quite the bite of garlic powder, but it will still be a wonderful seasoning, adding some mild garlic flavor to our winter dishes.

And the best part is we've preserved a part of the plant that we have never really, fully, used.

Actually, the best part is this very awesome solar dehydrator, which will be much used, I'm sure ;).

Or, I take that back, the best part is the guy who built it ;).


  1. Hmmmm. Very nice. So, it's not hard to build a solar dehydrator?

    brenda from ar

  2. Please tell us how to build that dehydrator!

  3. did you get instructions on how to make your dehydrator somewhere? it looks like a simple design from what I can see in the picture. I haven't yet seen a design that is simple enough for me to build myself. Per haps you could post more pictures or direct your readers to where ever you got your plans from.

  4. Awesome. We have talked about doing this for the last couple of years but the only plans we have seen are similar to the one at Koviashuvik which seems big and fraught with material challenges.

    I love this simple design!

  5. Dave did that with ours this year, but dehydrated them in the outdoor oven. Usually we pickle them though-- use your favorite dilly beans recipe. Delish!

    Welcome to the scape party :)

  6. Deus Ex Machina built it using, mostly, recycled pieces and parts of things we had lying around. There are no plans.

    Initially, it was meant to be a solar heater in our back bedroom ;).

    I'll have to ask him to give the specs, but I will say that if you have a couple of old windows and some pieces of wood, you're halfway there ;).