Drying and Storage:
I've been experimenting with various drying and storage methods. The thought being to develop a long term storage protocol. I've been in the new vaults looking around. I picked up a Presto brand dehydrator. I would generally slice or tear the fruits in half and place in dehydrator until "cracker dry." and I placed a qp of fruit into ziplock bag after dehydration. They have been stored like that for almost a year and kept well. But I was still concerned about leakage with the ziplock so I picked up a Seal-a-Meal brand vacuum sealer. It seems to have worked well so far.
Here is where I'm at now.
After harvesting fruits I place them on paper plates with fan for 24 hours (in an air conditioned room, i.e. removing moisture from air). I then place them in dehydrator for 30-60mins (my unit does not have a temp control but I leave all the extra trays in to help space out the fruit from heat source and add open volume). Then I place them in box with damp rid. And here is where I come to the question(s). I have read of people using damp-rid in two ways. First is to simply place the "crystals" in a bowl and dispose of them as they become saturated or disappear (I'd like to see pictures of this). Second is to place the "crystals" in a stocking (or sock as I did) and hang that stocking above a bowl so that as it becomes saturated with H2O, it drips into the bowl.
When I have seen the "stocking over a bowl method" for removing moisture in basements, the stocking will eventually appear to have a covering of liquid water that drips into the bowl below. In this bin pictured below, the sock has not yielded visible water (after 24 hours) but the fruits feel fully dry to the touch; very firm and crack with a nice snap sound.