Learn how to preserve your summer fruit

CAN’T stand the heat? Then get out of the kitchen ... and into the great outdoors.

Seed Savers Albury Wodonga and Albury Council will this Sunday present the third in a series of “nana-technology” workshops, so named for teaching you the skills your grandma once relied upon.

And this weekend’s session is perfect for the Border’s hot spell: how to preserve summer fruit and vegetables using solar and electric dehydrating techniques.

One of the workshop’s hosts, Beechworth’s Charlie Robinson, said he had been solar dehydrating for as long as he can remember.

He and his wife Fay grow so much excess produce on their five-acre property they need several electric and solar dehydrators on the go at any one time during summer just to keep up.

Thankfully, you don’t need quite the same sophisticated set up.

“You don’t need much equipment to make a solar dehydrator — a cardboard box, some glass, a rack and a square of netting is pretty much it,” he said.

“Two or three days later we have delicious dehydrated apricots, figs, nectarines, peaches or plums that will last us for months.”

Workshop coordinator Lizette Salmon said regular nana-technology presenter Jacky Cronin would be back for the session, covering techniques for preparing produce, fruit leather recipes, storage tips and cost comparisons.

The free workshop is from 10am to 12pm at the Albury Community Wood Fired Oven in Hovell Tree Park.

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