We bought a food dehydrator at a garage sale for like $5.00, well my mom and dad were there at this sale and bought it for us. It's a nice round unit that has 5 trays, a "fruit leather" plastic sheet and temperature control. My DW is dehydrating apples tonight and already has plans for bannanas. We may be hooked. I am already having visions of jerky dancing in my head. It's not solar by any means, but it's a great first step I think.