Posted by on May 5, 2016 4:00 pm
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Categories: Food Preparation & Storage

Survival food can get expensive, especially when you start looking at the different tools there are to make your own survival food. A good food dehydrator will run you a couple thousand dollars, it would take a few years to pay for itself.

There are cheaper options, a good pressure canner can be bought for less than $100 and if you want an electric canner they are just over $100. But what if you are set on dehydrating your own food?

If shelling out a few thousand dollars is out of the question, then here’s a great way to make your own food dehydrator.

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  • Thin Ply Wood (Body)
  • 4 2.5′ Long 2″ x 4″s
  • 10 feet of 2″ x 2″ wood (Braces and drying shelf support)
  • A Window (20″ x 23 1/8″) or a suitable slab of clear plastic.
  • Screen (For covering vents)
  • Stretchable Cloth/Material. We used stalkings. (For drying rack)
  • 2 Hinges
  • Screws
  • Staples
  • Thermometer
  • A Hook & String (To fasten the rear door)
  • Caulk (For perfectionists)


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