Dehydrating your own Fruit etc.
I would like to know if people dry their own fruit or just can it? I have a food dehydrater, and I see them all the time really cheap at thrift stores and garage sales. It seems to me it takes along time to dehydrate the fruit, and electricity is not cheap. But in comparision, canning jars, sugar, lids, pectin, etc. to can all that fruit seems expensive start up as well.
So I ask, which is cheaper? I don't like canning cuz of all the sugar and the sugar free stuff just doesn't seem to work out as well for me.
Another question I have is about storing nuts. What is the best way? I used to have this huge 300lb holding deep freeze, I would double bag the walnuts in ziplock and throw them in there, but now I have a very small upright freezer with no money to a deep freeze and wonder if walnuts store well on the shelves.