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Features to look for when buying a Dehydrator
« on: August 18, 2014, 03:25:39 PM »
Double wall construction of metal or high-grade plastic. Wood is not recommended, because it is a fire hazard and is difficult to clean.

Enclosed heating elements.

Counter-top design.

An enclosed thermostat from 85 to 160 F and a dial for regulating temperature.

A fan or blower.

Four to 10 open mesh trays made of sturdy lightweight plastic for easy washing.

A timer to turn the dehydrator off and prevent scorching if the drying time is completed during the night.

UL seal of approval, a one-year guarantee and convenient service.

Types of Dehydrators: There are two basic designs for dehydrators. In horizontal air flow units, the heating element and fan are located on the side, whereas the vertical air flow dehydrators have the heating element and fan located at the base. The major advantages of horizontal flow are: it reduces flavor mixture so several different foods can be dried at one time; all trays receive equal heat penetration; and juices or liquids do not drip down into the heating element.

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