Drying is best for herbs and legumes. To dry herbs, either spread leaves flat on drying screens, or tie them loosely in bunches and hang upside down in a dry, warm place with good air circulation. Dried beans are great soup starters in the winter. Just spread unshelled beans on drying screens out in the sun till the pods are fully dry. Shell and store beans in paper or plastic bags. If you’re brave, you can try sun-drying tomatoes.

A more common way of drying fruits and vegetables is with a dehydrator, which can be purchased from a kitchen store. Follow the directions with the dehydrator for best results.

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