Last night I went out to the garden and found two almost ripe persimmons for this test. They were cut into discs about 7mm thick. Some pieces were placed on the second to top rack and others on the second to bottom. This was to see if they dried at different rates in different places. I checked the progress several times over the last 24 hours and I'll discuss my observations in the morning(I'm having a hard time keeping my eyes open), but here is the result of one day of drying.
Can you see that? That's some dehydrated persimmon. Also known as success.
I was right. It really is that simple. Those ones for sale really are too expensive. I need to investigate this further and spread what I learn. This project might... matter. Alright, I'm throwing it into the HaD prize.