Food drying is one of the oldest methods of preserving food for later use. Drying removes the moisture from the food so bacteria, yeast, and mold cannot grow and spoil the food. Dried fruits are unique, tasty and nutritious; vegetablescan also be preserved by drying. Begin by washing the fruits & vegetables and peeling, if needed. For drying, they can be cut in half or cut into smaller shapes and some can be left whole.