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Find the best electric food dehydrators at Pleasant Hill Grain. We select only the highest quality food dehydrators to offer our customers, and we've found American Harvest food dehydrators, L'Equip food dehydrators and Excalibur food dehydrators to be the finest electric food dehydrators in the world. American Harvest food dehydrators are very popular in part for their expandability: up to 30 dehydrator trays can be added for 30 sq. ft. of dehydrator surface. L'Equip food dehydrators are favored by many for their compact size and striking design. Excalibur food dehydrators have a strong reputation; their users appreciate the freedom to remove any food drying tray without moving other trays. Recipes for electric food dehydrators are found in the How To Dry Foods cookbook. Power slicers are great companion machines for food dehydrators, producing slices of equal thickness for the most even food drying results.


Vegetable Guide for Food Dehydrators Courtesy of Pleasant Hill Grain.
Fruit
Preparation for Dehydrator
Done When
Hours in Dehydrator
(Will vary with moisture of food, humidity of air.)
Asparagus
Wash and cut into 1" pieces.
Brittle
5-6
Beans, Green or Wax
Wash, remove ends, cut into 1" pieces or French style.
Brittle
8-12
Beets
Remove all but 1/2" of the tops. Scrub thoroughly, steam until tender. Cool, peel and cut into 1/4" slices or 1/8" cubes.
Leathery
8-12
Broccoli
Wash and trim. Cut stems into 1/4" pieces, dry florets whole.
Brittle
10-14
Cabbage
Wash, trim and cut into 1/8" wide strips.
Brittle
7-11
Carrots
Wash, trim tops, peel or scrape if desired. Cut into 1/8" cubes or circles.
Leathery
6-10
Celery
Wash thoroughly. Separate leaves and stalks. Cut stalks into 1/4" strips.
Leathery
3-10
Corn
Shuck corn. Trim silk, and steam until milk is set. Cut off the cob and spread on food dehydrator tray, stirring several times during cycle.
Brittle
6-10
Cucumber
Wash, cut into 1/8" slices.
Leathery
4-8
Eggplant
Wash, peel, slice into 1/4" slices.
Leathery
4-8
Greens
Wash thoroughly, trim, remove tough stems. Spread over food dehydrator tray so leaves are not matted together. For even drying, stir several times.
Brittle
3-7
Mushrooms
Brush off dirt or wipe with damp cloth. Slice 3/8" slices from cap through stem ends. Lay in single layer on food dehydrator tray.
Leathery
3-7
Okra
Wash, trim, slice into 1/4" circles.
Leathery
4-8
Onion
Remove root, top, and skins. Slice 1/4" slices, 1/8" rings or chop. Dry at 145ºF. Due to their strong aroma, you may want to run the food dehydrator outdoors.
Leathery
4-8
Parsnips
Scrub, trim and peel if desired. Cut into 3/8" slices.
Tough/
Brittle
7-11
Peas
Shell peas, wash and steam just until they indent. Rinse with cold water. Blot dry with paper towel.
Brittle
4-8
Peppers
Remove stem, seeds and white section. Wash and pat dry. Chop or cut into 1/4" strips or rings. Due to the strong aroma you may want to run the food dehydrator outdoors.
Leathery
4-8
Potatoes
Use new potatoes. Wash, peel if desired. Steam 4 to 6 minutes. Cut French style in 1/4" slices, 1/8" circles or grate.
Brittle or
Leathery
6-14
Pumpkin
Cut into pieces. Remove all seeds. Bake or steam until tender. Scrape pulp from skin and puree in a blender. Pour onto Teflex sheets or kitchen parchment. When dry, cover with plastic wrap and roll.
Leathery
7-11
Summer Squash
Wash, peel if desired. Cut into 1/4" slices.
Leathery
10-14
Tomatoes
Wash and remove stems. Slice into 1/4" circles and for cherry tomatoes, slice in half, dry skin side down on food dehydrator trays.
Leathery or Brittle
5-9
Turnips
Peel and cut into 3/8" slices.
Brittle
8-12
Winter Squash
Wash the squash and cut into pieces. Bake or steam until tender. Puree pulp in blender. Pour the puree onto covered food dehydrator trays.
Leathery
7-11
Yams
Wash, and stem until just tender. Peel and cut into 1/3" slices.
Brittle
7-11
Zucchini
Wash, and cut into 1/4" slices or into 1/8" slices for chips.
Brittle
7-11
Adapted from the Excalibur dehydrator guide.


Please click for info on dehydrating food and food dehydrators & accessories:

Food dehydrator
American Harvest/Nesco food dehydrators for fruit, meat, more...

Food dehydrator
L'Equip Food Dehydrator
Model Lequip-528: for beef jerky, apples, more...
Food dehydrator
Dehydrating fruit & other foods with the Excalibur Food Dehydrator 2900
Food dehydrator recipe book
Dehydrator Recipes Book: How To Dry Foods
Food slicer
Food Preparation for dehydrating meat, fruit, vegetable: Food slicers by
Chef's Choice

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