Equipment Item Number: equipment
The primary equipment necessary for drying are
drying racks and storage containers.
- Drying Racks-Proper ventilation is required
when choosing a drying rack. Cookie sheets will not work because air cannot
reach the undersides of food. Choose racks made from wood slats or
stainless steel mesh. Do not use racks made of galvanized screen, aluminum,
copper, fiberglass, or vinyl. The metals in these may cause an acid
reaction that forms harmful components. Copper destroys vitamin C, aluminum
causes an off-flavor in sulfured fruit, fiberglass may leave dangerous
splinters, and vinyl melts.
- Storage Containers-Use containers that are
moisture and vapor-proof with tight fitting lids. Vacuum sealable bags
would be ideal, you may also use glass jars, plastic freezer bags, or coffee