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To store cabbage in the garden, you can simply dig a trench, put cabbages in the trench, root side up, and cover with soil. If you think the temperatures are going to be especially brutal, cover the trenches with hay.
Dried foods are susceptible to insect contamination and moisture reabsorption and must be properly packaged and stored immediately. First, cool completely. Warm food causes sweating which could provide enough moisture for mold to grow. Pack foods into clean, dry insect-proof containers as tightly as possible without crushing.
The only other dehydrator that ever interested me was a junk car in the back yard, but I never had a junk car in a back yard that I could try dehydrating on, so I can't report how well it works. People say they lay the stuff on sweater drying racks in the trunk (boot) in the summer.
A small pit provided with ventilation, as shown in Fig. 5, is the most satisfactory. It is better to have several small pits than one large one, as the entire contents must be removed when a pit is opened.