KEEPING THE BUGS OUT:
MORE ON STORING FOOD

from January 1986 "Drying Times"

Nothing is more discouraging than to reach for a jar or bag of your carefully dried food only to find that it has been infiltrated by bugs. Here are some ways to keep the bugs out of your stored foods:

BUG-FREE FOOD STORAGE BEGINS WITH FASTIDIOUS FOOD PREPARATION.

Since the low heat of the dehydrator is not sufficient to kill most insect larvae, it is important to protect food from contamination during preparation. Fresh fruit often attracts insects. It should be stored away from food preparation area. Wash fruit well before slicing.

WHEN FOOD IS DRY AND HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO COOL, PACKAGE IT IMMEDIATELY.

SEAL ALL PACKAGES WELL. Jar lids should fit snugly. Tape around lids with several wraps of masking tape. If plastic bags are used, select heavy duty bags and use several layers. Place bags in a larger, secure container.