Are you considering purchasing an electric food dehydrator?
Basic electric dehydrators consist of an electric element for heat, a fan, and vents for circulation. There are some important things to consider before you buy:
- If you plan to dry multiple foods at the same time, choose a model with the fan and element located on the side of the unit. This limits mixing of flavors.
- Choose double wall construction of metal or high grade plastic with the UL seal of approval.
- It’s also important that your dehydrator have an enclosed thermostat, timer, a dial for regulating temperature, and 4 to 10 open mesh trays.
For more information on drying foods, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation on-line.