So...I am thinking about investing in a food dehydrdrator this year to take better advantage of the summer crop. I'd like to be able to dry tomatoes and herbs and other veggies, mostly.
Does anyone own one and have recommendations or critiques?
Depending upon where you live:
I've been able to just tie bunches of herbs on strings and hang them in closets/doorways/windows, etc. and have them dry fine. But you have to like the rustic decor they provide and have the space. This was in Ohio where humidity wasn't much of an issue. I've heard of people making ristras (those pepper things you find common in New Mexico) that way up North as well.
Now, I live in the South and the above isn't possible because of the humidity. I've also tried strapping layers of air filters with herbs laid upon them to a box fan (a la Alton Brown) - this doesn't work - not even in air conditioning. But, they did make everything smell really nice.