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DEHYDRATION
DEFINITION:

Dehydration (drying) is an ancient method of food preservation that works by removing water from food, and in turn, prevents microorganisms from growing. Water is typically removed by evaporation through air drying, sun drying, smoking, or wind drying, but can also be removed through freeze-drying, a method that requires food be frozen while it is dried.

Bulbs such as garlic and onions are popular dehydrated products used principally as seasonings, as are chilies.