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.
Way to go!! Your fruit looks good with the lemon soak. I always make mine w/out that step and w/out sugar. Bet they taste delish!! I also skip the "conditioning" step, they never last that long! :)ReplyDelete
awesome! I just bought this dehydrator, too, and can't wait to use it!ReplyDelete
thank you for this informative review and pictures... I've never bought kitchen gadgets from Aldi and am unfamiliar with the Crofton brand. Well, they have the same dehydrator on sale this year now, so I found your review in a quick search. It's pretty convincing! thanks!ReplyDelete
@Jennifermgough, glad you found the review! I wrote a new post today about the dehydrator after realizing it was on sale and people were searching information. (As I did a year ago.)ReplyDelete
Here is the link to the updated review.
The Crofton is still a good deal, just be careful you don't leave it on too long. Good luck with you dehydrating!
Thank you for posting this info, I've the Aldi flyer in front of me and I'm researching the Crofton Food Dehydrator. Crofton is an Aldi label, not an actual manufacturer. It appears (based on what I've seen) that the Crofton Food Dehydrator may be the same as the Ronco product, but with a different name. If so, the Ronco has terrible reviews on Amazon. As $20 bucks is still hard-earned monies, I'm thinking that I'll try to save up for a better model. Even so, I'm certainly glad that I found your site, the Yoga information will keep me here for a while :)ReplyDelete
@Mary - Thanks so much for reading my blog! I did get a different dehydrator soon after I bought this one...see the updated post. I've had the Nesco one for about a year and love it. It is a bit more but well worth it. I bought extra trays and clean screens, they are lifesavers.ReplyDelete
Indeed a good post, And I believe having a Food Dehydrator at our home is very important as it helps dehydrating food,, so we need the best food dehydrators, that's why I have recently purchased one of the best food dehydrators available, because i want to make best food with food dehydrator.
By the way, Keep up the good work.
Hi carolyn cummins,ReplyDelete
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