5 Food Dehydrators You Need to Get Going with Dehydrating
Food dehydrators are devices that remove moisture from food, to help preserve it. Food dehydrators use heat and air flow to reduce the water content, which is usually very high averaging from 80 to 95 percent for fruits and vegetables and 50 to 75 percent for meats. Removing moisture from food reduces its weight and helps to restrain bacteria from growing. Consequently, extending the shelf life of food. (Pretty handy and cost-effective)
The devices require heat from sources such as oil, solar power and electric power. The majority of foods are dehydrated at 54 degrees Celsius (130 degrees Fahrenheit) but jerky meats can be heated at 68 degrees Celsius (155 degrees Fahrenheit) this helps guard against pathogens that are in the meat. Too high a temperature can harden food but retain the moisture so would be ineffective
Here are a few descriptions of food dehydrators.
VonShef 5 Tier Food Dehydrator with Adjustable Temperature Control
This 5 tier food dehydrator has an adjustable temperature control and has a tray stacking system that is height adjustable. It is fitted with a 350watt motor, a fan mounted at the top, a function for ventilating and protection against overheating. It has high reviews on amazon.com averaging 4.3 out of 5
Buffalo 10 Tray Food Dehydrator With Timer And Door 480x362x415mm
The Buffalo 10 tray food dehydrator is a thermostat temperature control device with a fan assisted air flow for a more even distribution of heat and a transparent hinged door.
Excalibur 5-Tray Stackable Dehydrator
The Excalibur dehydrator has five stackable trays. It has an adjustable thermostat and uses electric power of about 300watts. It is a standard device with is simple to use.
ECG SO 375 Fruit Dehydrators with Continuous Temperature Control/ Five 32 cm Trays, 250 Watt, White
The ECG SO 375 is a fruit dehydrator with a continuous temperature control. It is electric with 250 watts. The device is silently operated and great for slightly lower temperatures.
Raw Food Dehydrator Sedona Express – Tribest (Stainless Steel Tray)
This dehydrator is compact and light with 11 trays. It has digital displays and controls with a LED display to control both the time and temperature. The device has a glass hinged door with an LED light to allow observation and food monitoring. It has a central fan and protection against overheating as well as a reusable and washable fan.
MY KITCHEN FOOD DEHYDRATOR
This dehydrator is a lovely cheaper device with five height adjustable trays. It is 250 watts and made of soft plastic. It would be a perfect little dehydrator to start with. It’s small and compact and very easy to use.
This is a digital dehydrator with 6 trays.and a clear door cover. There is a top vent, a door and a fan that work together for consistent heat and the airflow. The fan also helps to prevent overheating and the trays can be moved or removed for larger items. Clear side panels that secure into place allows you to observe progress. The controls are at the front of the device below the cabinet.