Drying is an easy way to preserve food. It can be done any time of year. Herbs can be dried in a box or a paper bag, when the stem snaps when broken they are dry enough to store in a glass container. Fruit should be cut into bit sized pieces and dried at 175 degrees, for a day, until there is no moisture left in them and stored in plastic containers. Even when I think they are dry enough, I open the bag for a few minutes everyday for a week to make sure no mold starts.