I was going to do a post on dehydrating/preserving food, but fellow blogger SciFiChick has done a great job, so today I'm going to refer you to her.
Take a look: http://baconandeggs-scifichick.blogspot.com/p/dehydrating_06.html
Poke around her site and see all the other great posts she has as well. There's a lot of great information.
(Overachiever. . . )