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When my wife suggested that I hold an event to show all of my workers how much I appreciated their time and devotion for the last several months, I knew she was right. Everyone had given so much of their time to ensure that we were able to get the largest project we had ever attempted done, and it worked. I asked my wife to organize the thank you event, and I also told her to take a look at corporate entertainers because of another event I had been to earlier in the summer.

It was a charitable event, and they spared no expense. There were acrobats performing some really neat dances, and there were dancers all over too. Read more


Dehydrator has become a popular appliance in household. Fact, this is a helpful device that creates nutritious snacks and preserves foods for very long time. Thanks to the release of dehydrator, now we don’t have to consume canning foods or freezing foods anymore. In the vast market of dehydrator, there are only two common types of dehydrator: vertical-flow dehydrator and horizontal-flow dehydrator. In this article, we will describe these two types of dehydrators, aims to provide information about 2 different system and help you to distinguish them just by looking them.


First of all, words “vertical-flow” and “horizontal-flow” describe how drying system in the appliance works. “Vertical-flow” means the air-flow (come from fan) will move from bottom to top or vice versa. Meanwhile, the “horizontal-flow” system only makes air flows from back to front. In general, these notions describes which direction air flows in a food dehydrator.


The answers is yes. Each method creates different effect. It also means drying foods from a vertical-flow dehydrator and horizontal-flow dehydrator, somehow, will have different quality. For example, 2 appliances dry vegetables or fruits at the same time, same amount, but drying vegetables from vertical-flow one will looks greater meanwhile which from horizontal-flow unit will be over-dried. Why? Let’s see the answers below.


For vertical-flow dehydrators, the fan is usually mounted at the bottom of the unit. Sometime you will find it at the top but it’s really rare. Air-flow will move from bottom to the top and then go back to the bottom. However, air will be less hot by time. In another words, if the fan is mounted at the bottom, the first tray (from bottom) receives lots of hot air, but the second, the third trays will receive less hot air flow than the first tray. As the result, not all trays in vertical-flow will receive even heat. That’s why vertical-flow type is suitable for dry vegetables and fruits such as peaches, apple, herbs, something doesn’t need to dry too much or easily to dry. Moreover, if you want foods dry evenly, remember to rotate all these trays occasionally.

In another hand, in horizontal-flow dehydrators, the fan is always mounted at the back of the unit. The air flows from back to the front. This design makes air flow evenly from the first to the last trays, get through every tray with the same temperature. And because of that, you don’t need to stop the appliance for switch trays to different direction. As the result, foods in every trays will have the same quality. The system provides too much heat in order to ensure distribute heat evenly. Lots of heat will help foods not just evenly but quicker. However, that’s also the reason why when using this type of dehydrator, customer should not mix vegetables with things like meat or jerky to dry. Usually, this type is recommended for drying meats, fish, and jerky and for busy person, who need a machine which can runs quickly.


Different method system also means different design. You can easily distinguish it by looking and don’t need to read instructions. First, vertical-flow dehydrator usually has a “vertical usage”. It’s mean that you have to place tray over tray in a vertical direction. In another hand, there are many vertical-flow dehydrator use circular design so that customers can rotate trays, in order to make foods dry more even. Because the fan is usually place at the bottom, so the control button is placed at the bottom too. Meanwhile, the horizontal-flow dehydrators are usually quite big. Companies like to design their product like a big box. Trays are put in and out like the way we do with the oven. And like the way they design the vertical-flow dehydrators, the control button is placed at the top, back of the unit. The horizontal-flow usually looks bigger and more expensive than vertical-flow dehydrators.


At the end, each type has its own pro and cons. So depends on your need, your budget, even on how large is your kitchen counter, you will choose the right food dehydrators for you. We hope that this article is helpful. To get more information or instruction, please search for more articles on our website!


Ever since I first received my first food dehydrator, I’ve fallen in love with it – and I think you would’ve noticed in my previous post just how excited I get talking about it. I apologize if we don’t exactly see eye to eye, because right now you’re probably thinking ‘Well, why dehydrate food when I could just buy raisins at the supermarket?’

There’s so many advantages that come with dehydrating your food and here I’ve listed the top 8 benefits for you. Read on to see what they are.

1. Dehydrated food is healthy for you!

Enzymes are proteins found in both our bodies and in an abundance of fresh, raw fruit and vegetables which help us digest and absorb food. A diet that’s rich in enzymes is said to be important for good health and greater energy levels because we end up putting less strain on forcing the body to produce its own digestive enzymes. Instead, the ‘raw’ food is able to digest itself.

106-118°F (40-50°C), give or take, is said to be the temperature range where food begins to lose some of its enzymes plus other important minerals and vitamins. This is what happens when we cook our food but since food dehydrators work at temperatures below this, dried foods still contain these living enzymes and almost all of its nutritional value and fiber.

The result? Healthy, homemade dried foods that you won’t have to feel guilty about

2. Dehydrated food is healthy AND full of flavor

By removing the water content, the flavor in foods that remains is concentrated and intensified. So fruits naturally become sweeter without any added artificial sugars, colorings and preservatives compared to those shop store banana chips (which are actually deep fried).

You’ll end up snacking on tasty dehydrated treats instead of all the other junk food out there, the best of both worlds really

3. You can make good use of those leftovers by preserving and storing food

Did you know that 40% of the average household bin is food? That’s a lot.  With a dehydrator though, you don’t need to worry about wasting food that’s about to go off.

Got a too many apples hanging around? Make some cinnamon apple chips!

Or maybe some leftover fresh herbs? Don’t throw it away! Just chuck it into a dehydrator and store it for future use. To learn how to dehydrate your own herbs, head to this post.

4. It saves space (the dried food, not the dehydrator)

Most fruits and vegetables are made up of 80-95% water while meats are around the 50-75% range, so when you dry them they’ll shrink down to at least half its original size. When you compare this to storing home canned foods in jars, this is much more convenient to for the pantry since it doesn’t take up much space or require a refrigerator.

On another note too, because dried food is so much lighter in weight, this makes it perfect for the everyday lunchbox.

5. Grow your own veggies? Make the most of your fresh harvest all year round

If you find yourself growing so much fruits and vegetables that you and your family can’t seem to eat up in time, why not dehydrate them now for future use?

If you’ve got herbs that’s in season, make the most of it and dry them now to add to your cooking repertoire. Other dried vegetables like mushrooms and tomatoes can also easily be re-hydrated again by soaking them in water – perfect for stocks, soups and stews during the winter.

With so much quality fruits and vegetables stashed away, you’ll easily find yourself eating a much more healthy lifestyle too (win).

6. Dehydrating is fool-proof and kid-friendly

No master chef? No problem because using a food dehydrator is easy peas that it’s impossible to stuff up (don’t take my word for this though. The temperatures are set so low that you have nothing to fear about burning or over drying.

All you have to do is lay out the food, push some buttons, do your own thing for a few hours and come back to indulge. Heck, you’ll be an instant sun-dried tomato gourmet chef in no time

This also makes it a great way to spend time with the young ones in the kitchen. Kids can help you wash and arrange foods on the trays to be dried or even better, they can help make yummy fruit leathers! It’ll definitely encourage healthier eating habits, especially when there’s a deliciously sweet reward at the end of their kitchen adventures.

7. It saves money! Who doesn’t love money?

Dehydrators itself range in price, but however much you decide to spend on one, it easily pays itself back. See some grapes on sale at the local shop? Make the most of the discounts by buying in bulk to make raisins (or sultanas).

Next time when you’re feeling like baking a loaf of raisin bread, there’s one less ingredient you
need to worry about because you’ve already got it. Or of course dip them in melted cacao when you’re craving some chocolate covered raisins

By drying foods for future use, you’re instantly saving yourself time and transport costs to head back to the supermarket (fuel ain’t cheap you know!). And after you realize how delicious dehydrated goodies taste, you’ll instantly be saving yourself extra dollars on buying processed snacks and those supposedly ‘healthy’ dried fruits!

8. You can make beef jerky



Food is spoiled because of microorganisms which grew inside or by the enzymatic reactions. Microorganisms such as molds, yeast or bacteria will growth if there is an adequate moisture around them. When the harmful bacteria grew as much as it can cause spoilage, your food will not be preserved. Therefore, reducing the moisture contained in food would prevent the growth of microorganisms and enzymatic reaction and preserve the food.

Dehydration is the process that carries out water contained in food in order to prevent bacteria from growing. Drying is one of the oldest ways to preserve food and prehistoric peoples used to dry food by the sun more than thousand years ago, for example, the North American Indians dried meat for preservation, the Chinese dried eggs or fish and rice by the Japanese. Read more


Jerky is one of the most effective ways to reserve left-over meat in good condition for a long time. Jerky simply is a result of a dehydrating process in which moisture and fat contained inside meat is got rid of, hence it is very good for your health. There are many types of jerky around the world, however, I think that beef jerky is the most popular and delicious. Normally, there are some ways to dry beef into jerky, but in this article, I will give you the easiest way for using a food dehydrator. Read more


Food dehydrator is a versatile kitchen appliance. In the fruitful harvest season, with the help of one food dehydrator, you can easily make dried fruits such as bananas, tomatoes, cherry… and give to your friend and neighbors. Moreover, you could gather herbs and flowers, dry them without lots of time and efforts. With the developing technology, the task of drying fruits and vegetables or meat is easier than ever. Cutting, chopping and evenly spread out, choosing time and then food dryer does all the works. Read more


Are you tired of going to the store and finding that prices for meat and veggies have gone up again? Are you just as tired of throwing out your food after your busy life stopped you from being able to eat the food before it went bad. Well, that’s exactly what I was going through.

I love cooking, but between going to college classes and working at nights, I always bought more food that I could reasonably use up before it started changing colors on me. So I ventured into food drying.  But I am a raw food devotee.  So when I was looking for a dehydrator, I focused on units that could be the best food dehydrator for raw food.

In my quest, I stumbled across the Nesco FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator and the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator. Both of these dehydrators worked great for my new raw food diet.


This dehydrator worked great and allowed me to dry big batches of food in hours, instead of days. It uses 600-watts of energy, and has plenty of low temp settings.  This allows me to fine tune drying my food without baking away the healthy enzymes. What makes this dehydrator unique is the drying system that forces the air into a pressured chamber thatprovides an even and nutritious drying.


This dehydrator comes with a lot of great features. Some of the things I liked best about this product were:

  • Flavors don’t mix
  • I don’t have to rotate the trays
  • Top-mounted fan prevents liquids dripping into the heater chamber
  • Lights are blocked so nutrients are retained
  • Big temperature range
  • Up to 12 trays can be used
  • Includes recipe book
  • Convenient size
  • Extra accessories


Even though this dehydrator works great, there were a few drawbacks like:

  • There’s no timer
  • There’s no on/off switch. Instead, you have to unplug the dehydrator
  • Trays are not really dishwasher safe and can get warped.


Another dehydrator that I came across was the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator. While not as versatile as the Nesco FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, this unit gives a lot of punch for its size. It lets me dehydrate my food without any harmful additives or preservatives. I have used this compact unit to dehydrate fruits, veggies and herbs. It uses a safe 600 Watts.


There are several plusses to this unit. Some include:

  • It’s easy to store because of its compact size
  • It has a see-through cover so you can check on your food
  • The fan is mounted in the bottom so there is better air flow
  • Easy clean-up with dishwasher safe trays
  • Additional accessories are available
  • Can’t beat the price


But there are some drawbacks for this model, too. Specifically, these include:

  • Only four trays
  • Not big enough to dehydrate a lot of food at one time
  • Not able to customize settings
  • Only available in white, which may be harder to keep clean

If you are looking for the best dehydrator for raw food, you can’t really go wrong with either of these models.

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