Your car as food dehydrator
Why drive when you can dehydrate? Discover the fruit dehydrator you already own. It's parked on your street.
Thu, Sep 03 2009 at 1:06 PM
With traffic as bad as it is
, can your car really be said to get you anywhere? And with our current high summer temperatures, isn’t it time you learned to put your almost-never-driven car to better uses — like dehydrating local, organic fruit?
Because if you’ve mastered the art of baking in your car
, it’s time to move your vehicle-culinary skills beyond desserts and into the more healthy realms that take advantage of farmers’ market bounty or your backyard fruit tree — while avoiding any late-night TV infomercials to buy yet another gizmo your kitchen doesn’t have room for.
Thanks to Lyanda Lynn Haupt at Tangled Nest, you’ve got photo-illustrated directions to help you dry fruit in the dehydrator you already own — your car
. (via lifehacker
) “I found a simple idea that made immediate, intuitive sense: why not use the fine German-engineered solar collector we already had sitting in our driveway?” Lyanda writes.
Apparently, Seattle weather in the high 70s made for perfect dehydrating temperatures in-car — though Lyanda does add a caveat: “I confess this experiment was not entirely carbon-neutral: when our driveway shaded over at about 3 PM, I backed the car onto the street to get four more hours of direct sun!”
Considering the rather high prices of organic dried fruit — at least at my local co-op — this trick could save you a lot of money — as well as keep you from driving your car too much. Dry, don’t drive!
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