Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600533


  Michigan weather does not lend itself to drying fruits and
vegetables  in the sun.  Spoilage--souring or  molding--will
probably occur before drying is achieved.                   

 Sun  drying   requires   temperatures   over   98   degrees
Fahrenheit  and low  relative  humidity  such as  conditions
found in  the  Southwestern  United States.  For example, in
Phoenix, Arizona, the average maximum temperature in  August
is  102  degrees Fahrenheit, the humidity bottoms out at  24
percent, and 17 of the 31 days are clear.                   

  Typical  Michigan weather varies greatly from these  ideal
drying  conditions.    In  Lansing,   the  average   maximum
temperature in August is 81 degrees Fahrenheit, the humidity
at  the driest time of the day averages 56 percent, and only
10  days are clear.                                         

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