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Purchasing an Electric Food Dehydrator

Posted by | March 30, 2011

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.