The old drying houses in Amana were made of brick which had wooden racks inside to dry beans, kale, spinach, apples, pears, and more. These were small buildings about five feet high. There was a chimney to vent smoke and a firebox separate from the drying area. The dried food was stored in linen sacks in the communal kitchen attics or pantry. The one still standing today is in Homestead near the meat shop. It is a very quaint , little brick building.