I searched online for this brand of dehydrator with little luck. I found one forum where someone was interested in purchasing this same dehydrator but no one seemed to have much information on it. I took a chance and bought it anyway.
I bought apples and strawberries to dehydrate first.
|Apples from Aldi|
I peeled some of the apples and left some with the skin on to see which I liked better. Peeling was obviously more hassle but I think it produces a better product. I also don't own one of those cool apple cores so I just cut out the centers...again, quite time consuming. (I'll buy a corer and a huller now that I now how to dehydrate.)
After I cut the apples, I soaked them in a lemon juice and water mixture to help keep them from browning. I'm not sure this was necessary, I read several sites and some said to do this, some said not to.
|Apples soaking in lemon juice|
I soaked the strawberries, drained them then added spoon full of sugar and mixed. Then I placed them on a tray.
I stacked the trays back on the base and plugged it in. There is no on or off switch on this dehydrator, it is a pretty basic model. One of the many downsides to a cheap version. Another was the short cord...it only is about a foot long which means I have to set in on the counter and basically leave it there.
|Strawberries soaking in lemon juice|
I wrote down on a piece of paper when I rotated and turned the trays; the instructions said to do this every few hours.
|Single hash mark, one turn of trays|
I woke up today to dehydrated strawberries and apples!
I took the trays off the dehydrator base and set them aside. I have a raised cooling rack and I put the trays on top of the rack to help cool the trays from the top and the bottom.
The strawberries were a little stuck to the tray so I carefully peeled them up. Some of the strawberries were thick and still moist so I put the dried ones on a tray with the apples and put the other moist ones back in the dehydrator.
|Strawberries and apples cooling|
|Apple trays cooling|
After they cooled I put the pieces in plastic containers to "condition" the fruit so the moisture was more evenly distributed throughout. I read on a site to condition the fruit for 7 - 10 days by sealing the containers to help distribute the remaining moisture.
|Fruit being "conditioned"|
Wholla! Dehydrated fruit! A healthy snack I made myself! I can't wait to dig in.