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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Food Prep and Preservation

For this badge bit, you will dehydrate at least two pounds of food.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - you must use a solar food dehydrator
  - you must have two pounds of food before dehydration

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a picture of your food on a scale before dehydration
   - a picture of your food in your solar dehydrator before dehydration (with entire structure of dehydrator)
   - a picture of your food in your solar dehydrator after dehydration (with entire structure of dehydrator)

Step
1

Build a Solar Dehydrator



If there is already a solar dehydrator that you can use, you can skip this step.

Mother Earth News wrote a good article on how to build a solar food dehydrator. Dehydrator Spot also wrote a good article about how to build a solar food dehydrator. These are other variations on solar food dehydrators.







Step
2

Collect the Food



Food could be collected from your food forest, farm, garden, foraging, your local farmer's market, CSA shares, sharing and trading with neighbors, or your local organic grocer.

Harvesting from a Food Forest


Foraging Wild Edibles


Wonderful CSA Shares Box




Step
3

Dehydrate Your Food



Prepare food for your solar dehydrator however you like, then, place your food in your solar dehydrator.



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I did both kale and tomatoes for this bb. I was so eager to use the dehydrator I didn't read the documentation needed beforehans and then the group and myself were excited to eat it afterwards so the finished kale picture is the meager scraps haha. I don't have a photo on the scale but I do know it was approximately 12 Roma tomatoes and 4 bunches of three leaves of kale. Thought I'd post my documentation and give it a shot!
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Staff note (paul wheaton):

This took a long time to certify because the scale requirement was not met. I have decided to certify this because we are still quite early into PEP - but future BBs need to meet all of the requirements.

 
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