By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 25, 2022 at 9:02 AM

Dehydration is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. In fact, it’s been used for centuries as an efficient mechanism for safely storing fruits, vegetables, herbs, pasta and even meats. And thanks to the revival of DIY methods like fermentation and canning, dehydrating foods is having a moment. But this time, it’s not just reserved for hippies and backpackers.

In her new book, “Dehydrating: Simple Techniques and Over 170 Recipes for Creating and Using Dehydrated Foods,” author Jeanette Hurt shares the many reasons why purchasing a dehydrator is a smart move for avid home cooks.

On this week’s podcast, we’re catching up with Hurt, the author of 15 tomes including "Wisconsin Cocktails," "The Joy of Cider,” "Cauliflower Comfort Food" and “The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook”, about her newest release, which offers advice, recipes and ideas for preserving the harvest, reducing waste, saving money and creating inventive gifts for food lovers.


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.