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You can even dehydrate if you do not own a dehydrator
Have you ever wanted to learn how to dehydrate food? There is an art to this and now you can take a lesson to learn all about it.

Did you know that dehydrating is the oldest method of food preservation? Dried fruits, herbs, spices, teas, vegetable chips, and soup mixes are all made using this very old technique. These can now be easily made at home for a fraction of the shop bought price. This is especially so if you grow your own food!

This workshop will be held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 from 10.00 am to 12 noon. It will be held at Pocket City Farms, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.

Maybe you have too much coriander or were given some lemons that you don't have time to use or know a fussy eater who doesn't like vegetables. Dehydrating can be used to solve all of these problems by preserving the goods for seasons to come. This can produce foods that add a new dimension to your meals and by creating foods that contain hidden goodness to dishes. Homegrown and homemade treats also make great personal gifts making them zero waste.

The good thing about this is that if you do not own a dehydrator you do not need to go to the expense of buying one. All of the techniques shown in this class can be replicated using an oven.

This comprehensive and hands-on workshop will cover all the basics you will require to dry products at home and these include:

Details about the three different methods of dehydrating. These are the sun, the oven and different sorts of actual dehydrators.
A discussion on the range of products that can be dried and other uses for dehydrators.
You will be shown how to make your own natural bath bombs using only food-grade ingredients and organic flowers. These make great inexpensive gifts and are a hit with children.
Slicing and the different tools used to prepare foods for drying
How to dry herbs
An introduction to powders
How to prepare and dry your selected fruits and vegetables
How to store your dried goods
Plus plenty of tastings while you learn

You will get to take home the following:
Your own handmade bath bombs
Comprehensive notes on dehydrating practices
A collection of recipes
The knowledge and practical experience to dry fruits, vegetables, herbs and powders at home

The cost for this lesson is just $60.00 plus booking fee and you can read all about it and book at their Facebook page.

All materials will be provided including notes and recipes. This workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate dehydrators. No prior experience is necessary to attend this class.

You will need to bring a pen and some paper.

About the Teacher
The teacher for this workshop will be Laurie Green. Laurie is the founder of Crop Swap Sydney and has been growing edibles for as long as she can remember! Laurie has been experimenting with their culinary uses for almost as long.

Laurie actually has a background in design, community gardening, indoor growing and urban permaculture. She is a strong supporter of sustainability, organics and creative frugality. She has a zero-waste pantry which is always a talking point amongst visitors and her dehydrator runs most days of the year.

Crop Swap Sydney are aiming to reduce food waste and eating better and for less. They swap excess produce and you will meet like-minded people at their events.

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Why? For a dehydrating class
When: 22nd June 2019
Where: Pocket City Farms, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown 2050
Cost: $60
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