WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE MY ITEMS FOR DRYING?

Wash carefully every product, mainly the ones with peel. Fruits and vegetables have to be fresh and not too ripened. Cut the products in the most useful way, keeping a regular thickness to have the same drying period among the pieces. Best-tested sizes are between 3 and 15 mm; experience will be the best teacher for every different situation. The peel of some products (apples, pears, grapes…) can create some complications. These can be avoided by putting the fruits in boiling water before cutting for a VERY short time (30-60 seconds, depending on the thickness of the peel). Fruits and vegetables can be left uncut (small mushrooms, chilly peppers…) can be cut in halves after eliminating seeds and water (tomatoes, prunes…) can be cut in pieces, slices or in any other way.