‘Stringstetcher’ didn’t want to spend a lot of time, or money, making a commercial size food dehydrator. The solution was to use “Sonotube” that is readily available in hardware stores. I would be a little cautious with the heater up against the tube, but it is low temperature and only takes about 3 hours to complete the process.
I have always wanted to make a REAL food dehydrator, but all the plans I have found always start out “make a box…” That lets me out! I don’t have the patience to make a box, let alone the skills to make it square, then add racks (also square!!) so I came up with a super easy way to make a container that looks like the commercial dehydrators using stacking trays in a cylindrical shape. It took me less than an hour and cost about 20 dollars. I could have scavenged and cut that in half, as I am sure many of you readers can. Read on!
Learn how to Build n commercial-size food dehydrator
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Get a bunch of cheap paper air filters, put your food (fresh herbs, fruit, jerky) in the grooves in between them, tie tightly to a box fan, turn fan on, wait. Credit to Alton Brown.
The one in the article is too complicated. It’s ugly. And it’s got a heater, which means you’re cooking the food. If you want to cook food like that, just put it in your oven, on the lowest setting, and leave the oven door open.
I like the idea of the air filters…I have to look into that. I always liked Alton Brown.
I was just coming in here to mention Alton’s method. It’s better since you don’t have to raise the temp to do the dehydrating.
This will work well for pet treats too.
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