Food dehydrating is not like rocket science, all you need to do is put you food in the dehydrator then let the dehydrator do its work. All you need to do is to ensure the dehydrator maintains a constant temperature and airflow. Good thing is some of the top food dehydrators for jerky have a thermostat so they maintain the airflow and the desired temperature on their own. as much as dehydrators that lack a fan and a thermostat are cheaper, they are not the best so you can just save some more and buy that has the two. All dehydrators use almost the same duration to dry food so buying one that claims to be faster should not really be an issue to rely upon. However, some factors are worth considering when buying a food dehydrator, these are:
Temperature and airflow
- Temperature and air flow
A good dehydrator should distribute air and heat evenly. This ensures that your pieces gets dried evenly so that not only one side dries up and starts to become hard before the other part dries up. The assumption with most people is that the food that is close to the fan and heater will dry up faster but that should not be the case with a good quality food dehydrator. A good quality jerky dehydrator should distribute the heat and the airflow evenly across the tray so that all the pieces lose water and moisture at the same rate. If this is not the case with your food dehydrator, you will have an extra work of repositioning the trays after some time so that the food near the fan and the source of heat does not dry up becoming hard.
A dehydrator can cost quite a dime so you would want to get the best out of it. That makes versatility become an important factor to consider. You would want to buy a food dehydrator that is as versatile as possible. Stackable dehydrators, a type of dehydrator, comes with a maximum of 10 trays but with its sufficient heat and air flow, you can buy your own trays and add them on it and still be assured that food on the additional trays will still dry.
Shelf tray dehydrators, another type of the food dehydrators, on the other hand will allow you to dry foods that are taller/longer since you can remove some of the trays to create space for longer pieces.
Access in this case is the ease of access to the dehydrator trays. You are supposed to access the trays when preparing food, when setting it up for dehydrating, checking the food’s progress as the dehydrating process continues and when the food is ready and you need to remove it from the dehydrator for consumption and storage. Removing the trays should not be a struggle. The trays are removed by sliding them out individually so you should not have trouble struggling with the below and above trays.