Trace Oswald wrote:
Larisa Walk wrote:The solar dryer we designed in 1985 has been used in Wisconsin/Minnesota by us since then, as well as hundreds of other folks around the world. Much easier to construct, absolutely works even in the humid upper Midwest, and glazings can be a number of options (except acrylic which doesn't last under these conditions). Time to think outside the box. You can read about it on our website http://geopathfinder.com/Solar-Food-Drying.html
Do you still do solar dryer building workshops? I would be interested in attending one.
Mk Neal wrote:For a fascinating description of traditional Hidatsa methods of growing, processing, storing, and cooking the "three sisters"and other native crops, read "Native American Gardening: Buffalobird-Woman's Guide to Traditional Methods." by Gilbert L. Wilson, Dover Publication 2005. This is a republication of a 1917 University of Minnesota bulletin titled "Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians: An Indian Interpretation."
Buffalobird Woman describes many treatments and uses of corn in particular that surprised me. Some portion of the corn crop was picked green (e.g. like sweet corn), parboiled, shelled, and dried for winter use. I wonder if this method of preparing corn for storage at its "green"stage preserves some of the vitamins present in the green corn that may be different from those in the fully mature grain corn? Could be a way to get a fuller range of nutrients through the winter.