Allow extra drying time for these seeds. Herbs that have finished drying will be brittle and crumble easily when touched. Arrange seeds on dehydrator racks, leaving some space for air circulation. I also dry herbs for tea or cooking on a low setting. Sunflower seeds that are allowed to completely dry remain viable for planting for much longer. You can also dry the seeds in the oven or dehydrator. What manufacturers specify as the use of a dehydrator has come a long way since then. Here’s how: Peel a fresh watermelon or honeydew and remove the seeds. The dehydrator was first introduced in 1795 in France as an appliance for drying fruits and vegetables. Seeds may seem dry when picked but they will still need several days’ worth of air drying to prevent molding during storage. To dry, carefully wash pumpkin seeds to remove the clinging fibrous pumpkin tissue. A food dehydrator facilitates the drying process by creating a controlled environment around the seeds. Not a good thing to do for seeds you want to plant. Dry the seeds for a healthy, fiber-filled snack alternative to roasted seeds. Or even small flowers and fern bits along with the herbs, for potpourri. for fun and had probably 70% germination. We also keep seeds in a freezer for really long term storage, but that requires better drying with silica gel - a topic for another article. https://www.excaliburdehydrator-recipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-seeds Seeds should be a single layer on the rack. Some seeds, such as tomatoes, have a jelly-like coating over the seeds. Once the coating is dry, it will flake off. If it is seeds you’re after, such as coriander and celery, gather on a dry day when the sun is out. Once the seeds are soaked and cleaned, they can be left to dry fully before storage. Or arrange on dehydrator trays in a single layer and dry at 95 to 105 F for 2 to 4 hours. We make jerky with the dehydrator. Dry at 130 °F, for 6 to 8 hours until thoroughly dry. At Seeds of Diversity, we keep seeds in jars at room temperature, and they last for many years if the jars are sealed when the seeds are fully dry. Also fruit leather, like roll-ups. At 43 °C protein is destroyed and at this temperature the seed loses its ability to germinate. Using a dehydrator would actually cook them and kill them. Last spring I germinated seeds from dried toms. Pumpkin seeds can be dried in the sun, in a dehydrator at 115 to 120 °F for one to two hours, or in an oven on warm for three to four hours. The dehydrator was set around 110 degrees and the tomato var. Do it on wet paper towel in a zip-lock and you will have quick results. While a dehydrator is a good help in preserving chillies, you should think twice about the idea of the oven. Our last in the easy steps of how to dry fruit in a dehydrator is probably the simplest. For best results, stir the seeds around on the trays halfway through the drying process to help evenly dry them. 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