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Best Food Dehydrator

If you are looking for a healthier ways to enjoy fruits and vegetables or even protein, then a food dehydrator will be a great option. Dehydrating food for health purposes has been around since biblical times. The benefit of dehydrated foods are priceless. By drying foods, you will retain nearly 100 percent of the vitamins and nutrients. Buying bulk dried foods in a regular grocery store can be very expensive. As an alternative, owning your own dehydrator can not only be fun, but will save you money. In assessing the best dehydrators on the market, low cost, size and heating power were factors. I looked for dehydrators under $150, had a minimum 6 tray capacity and had at least 500 watts of power. These five dehydrators will allow you to affordably invest in your health without compromising quality.

Cabela's 10-Tray Heavy-Duty Dehydrator

Cabela's 10-Tray Heavy-Duty Dehydrator

This is by far my favorite dehydrator. This stylish, high performing dehydrator is what having superior quality is all about. The Cabela's 10-Tray Heavy-Duty Dehydrator is little known treasure of a machine that can rival more expensive dehydrators. The open front door design allows for the opportunity to dry larger items such as hams or turkeys and remove trays to accommodate them. It has 2,208 square inches of space with a maximum capacity of 3,192 square inches. It has a powerful 600 watt heating element and can support 10 trays. The rear mounted heating element filters air continuously throughout and has an internal thermometer with heat levels of 84 to 160 degrees F. It cleans easily and comes with a recipe book.

L'Equip LEquip 528 6 Tray Food Dehydrator

While food dehydrator's are great for drying meats and poultry, it is also great for herbs and flowers. The L'Equip 528 Food Dehydrator comes with an adjustable thermostat that ranges from 93 to 150 degrees F. It also has six stacking trays, two fruit leather trays and 12 feet of drying space. The 550 watts of power air circulation will effectively dry your foods well and yield great results. The dehydrator includes an instruction and recipe booklet and is guaranteed to be long lasting. Hand washing is required for the trays and has a 10 year warranty.

Weston VegiKiln Tray Food Dehydrator

The Weston VegiKiln Tray Food Dehydrator is how drying foods should be done. The large dehydrator has more than 10 square feet of drying space and a rear mounted drying system that allows air flow evenly through the trays. The thermostat can be adjusted between 84 to 155 degrees F to customize the process. The 600 Watt heating element has a 5.5 inch fan for whisper quiet drying. As a bonus, it also comes with a recipe book to set you on your way.

Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator

If you're looking for an affordable and good quality food dehydrator, then the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator is a great choice. You can dry anything from fruits and vegetables to poultry, seafood or beef for jerky. It has a bottom mounted fan and 600 watt heating element that allows the air to circulate evenly for optimal drying. The four tray system can expand up to 8 when you purchase additional trays. You can also watch the process with the see through cover. The racks are dishwasher safe and breaks down easily for compact storage.

Waring Pro DHR30 Professional Dehydrator

Owning a food dehydrator is a great way to dry your favorite foods and save money at the same time. The Waring Pro DHR30 Professional Dehydrator is a wonderful kitchen tool that will make drying your fruits and veggies hassle free. Heating is adjustable and the continuous air flow drys your foods to perfection. The design allows for five stacking, interlocking trays that will hold your foods steady during the drying process. It boasts a top venting system and even comes with a fruit roll-up sheet. If you require a more bulk drying experience, you can purchase more trays. It holds up to nine trays in total at a time.

Chef CJ
I am a chef and lifelong foodie committed to finding the best ways to enjoy cooking at home! I have been a professional chef for 17 years, I am a big tech nerd when it comes to kitchen appliances. I am always looking for a gadget that has purpose and can save time in the kitchen. I am currently a private chef with a diverse set of clients. My clients expect high end quality even though I am often cooking from their homes. This is why I love my kitchen tools of the trade.

I am also trained in both wine tasting, pairing and I had a stint as a professional, private sommelier. My experience with food, wine and professional kitchen appliances/tools are what makes me an expert in many areas of the culinary industry.

I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!I am also trained in both wine tasting, pairing and I had a stint as a professional, private sommelier. My experience with food, wine and professional kitchen appliances/tools are what makes me an expert in the broad culinary industry.

I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!
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