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Drying Times  Item Number: drying-times

Drying times vary upon methods used and the food being dried.

Drying food in an oven can take as little as 6 hrs. to as much as 10 hrs.

Herbs can dry in 2-3 days by air or 2-3 hrs. in an oven.

After it has been dried and before it is packaged, dried food should be conditioned.  Once the food is dry, cool it on a tray, then put pieces in a large closed container.  Be sure that the food has cooled, if it is still warm it will sweat inside the container.  Stir the food once a day for 7-10 days.  This process allows the moisture from the under-dried pieces to be absorbed by the over-dried pieces.  If moisture appears on the lid or sides, the food is not dry enough.  

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