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A Guide to Drying Foods

Updated October 23, 2023
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Claudia Botzet

SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist

Originally written by Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Drying foods is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. It is simple, safe, and easy to do. Drying preserves food by lowering the moisture content. When there is little to no water or moisture in the food, the growth of microorganisms is slowed.