Food Dehydrators

Food dehydrators are used to dry out foods for preservation. There have been many recipes adapted to make dried foods such as fruit leathers and meat jerkies.

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Basil

Can you dry basil in a dehydrator?

As a general rule, dried spices are stronger than fresh spices.

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Does the new Business Costco in Los Angeles sell dehydrators?

Of course it does!

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Where to find the users manual for a Ronco Rotissierie?

go to ronco.com

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Can one build a food dehydrator and where can one get plans and instructions to build one?

yes they are very simple to build i have one i built myself just out of plain pine lumber and some light bulbs and a fan

If you ever watch the show Good Eats, Alton Brown makes one with a box fan and drying trays. Light bulbs are fine too, though it's not as efficient or accurate as using a commercial dehydrator with a timer and adjustable thermostat.

DIY Solar Plans

It's also easy to build a solar-powered food dehydrator. The simplest plan calls for 2 cardboard boxes, tape, and black plastic garbage bag (and of course, sunlight). See below article for a list of DIY plans:

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How long does it take to dehydrate apples in a Salton dehydrator Do you leave the top vent open or close it?

it takes at least 4 hours I believe. I would leave the vent at leas partially open.

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How can I build a food dehydrator?

who the hell would no how to do that???

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What do you look for when purchasing a food dehydrator?

If price isn't concern, you should get the largest one. That would likely be an Excalibur 9-tray, either the 2900 or 3900 (3926t for the one with a timer). These do NOT expand however, but with 9 trays, they should have the capacity for your biggest job. The size of dehydrators is measured in square feet of drying space. You can compare different dehydrators by looking at the cost per square foot of drying space.

After size, you'll look at the shape, either square or rectangular or circular. The round ones are usually expandable, though additional trays are sold separately.

The dehydrator shape often determines other things, such as the location of the heating element and fans. Vertical air flow dehydrators have their fan and heater at the top or bottom of the dehydrator. The round dehydrators usually have both at the bottom, meaning the lower trays get more heat, so tray rotation is sometimes needed. It also makes flavor mixing more likely, since the warm air travels though the trays. The horizontal air flow or square dehydrators have their fan and heater in the rear, so drying is even throughout the trays and there's no flavor mixing. Also, the round ones have a hole in the middle, making the usable drying area smaller than the box style dehydrators.

Other things to look for are a timer (because sometimes drying is an overnight activity, and you'd like to have the machine shut off automatically), noise (some fans are noisy), and an adjustable thermostat (recipes vary on the temperature needed).

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How long do you dehydrate beef in a dehydrator for jerky?

To make jerky, beef has to be dehydrated for four to fifteen hours. The final humidity content determines when the process is complete. The thickness of the beef contributes to the time determination.

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Food Dehydrators

Is the instruction book for a welbuilt food dryer available?

Try typing in welbuilt, or food dryer, or instruction books in one of your web search toolbars.

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Where can I find directions on how to use my Ronco Food Dehydrator?

See link to Ronco owners manual and other dehydrator resources (below).

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What is the weight of a 2004 Ford F-150?

Check owner's manual. If you don't have one copy and paste link below; www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_manuals

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Temperature
Food Dehydrators

How do you determine the Boiling temperature of water in a vacuum?

Clarification: I am wanting to know how much vacuum I need to pull to get water to boil at 150 degrees.

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Can homemade noodles be dehydrated in a dehydrator?

Yes! 125 degrees, six hours or so. They're done when they meet the brittle snap test.

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What does a food dehydrator do?

It dries fruit in an warm machine with variable temperatures.

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What the plastic cover for in the decosonic food dehydrator?

Heat and air flow are the two critical factors for drying food. The cover lets some steam and humid air out as the food is dried.

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Salt (Sodium Chloride)

Why do people not shrivel like slugs when you pour salt on them?

water proof (and salt proof) skin.

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Who invented the food dehydrator?

Chad S. Erickson has a patent for a food dehydrator device but people have been dehydrating foods for centuries.

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Instructions for a WelBilt Food Dehydrator?

I need main glass bowl for model tc2c dehydrator

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Instruction manual for the Salton Food Dehydrator model DH1000A?

manual

You can call 1-800-231-9786 this is ProductProtect.com. They can mail you a manual for $6.95 and also tell you what parts are still available for your product model.

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When was the food dehydrator invented?

It invented itself. At a very basic level, dehydration requires sun and wind. Thus, food dehydrators, which incorporated natural elements, go back thousands of years to hunter gatherer societies. Evidence of dried fruit, grains and vegetables have also been found in ancient Mesopotamia societies. The first man made dehydrators are traced back to the 1800's and 1900's.

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Where do I find directions for a Ronco Food Dehydrator?

Owner manual below

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How long does it take to dehydrate deer jerky in a Salton dehydrator?

Don't hold your breath. It takes extremely long in a Salton but only about 5 hours in a Nesco/American Harvest dehydrator

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What are the small packets in sealed boxes used as dehydrators made of?

silicon

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Can you put tin foil in a food dehydrator?

A food dehydrator works by using warm moving air to remove liquid from food. As long as your dehydrator is not one that goes into the microwave, aluminum foil is safe.

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Where can you get a manual for American Harvest food dehydrator?

Go to: http://www.nesco.com/customer_support/owners_manual_download/

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