COSORI Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine
Last updated date: October 14, 2020
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If you've never used a food dehydrator, this unit makes it easy. There's an auto shut-off feature and the digital temperature control is precise. The stackable plastic trays allow you to make several servings of your favorite dried snacks. In our analysis of 37 expert reviews, the COSORI COSORI Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Designed in California. Comes with 5 BPA-Free Trays, 1 Mesh Screen, 1 Fruit Roll Sheet, 1 Manual, 1Recipe. Check out our VIDEO on the left side & take a quick tour of this food dehydrator!(search for C165-2MS or C165-2FR to get more accessories). EASY FOR BEGINNERS - With digital timer and adjustable temperature control. Time ranges: 30min-48hours, set the timer in 30-minute increments for up to 48 hours; Temperature ranges: 95ºF-165ºF. VERSATILE DEHYDRATOR - Dehydrate beef jerky, turkey jerky, meat, fruits, vegetables for a healthy life; Make non-addict dog treats for your pets; Dry backpacking food for outdoor adventurers. QUIET TO USE - Simply press the start button to dehydrate your food and go to sleep. The noise is less than 48dB, which equals noise levels recorded in the library. SAFE TO USE - 100% BPA-Free Trays*5. ETL Listed. Auto Shut-off prevents food dehydrator from overheating, even though you're not at home. 120V, 450W, Please note that this voltage only applies to USA and Canada. EASY TO CLEAN & STORE - Easily clean food from the dehydrator's base with a damp cloth or a brush/sponge. Please put the fruit roll sheet on the bottom tray which will prevent liquid dripping on the base.
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An Overview On Food Dehydrators
This is the age of the hyper-specific kitchen appliance. We’ve all seen those Pinterest and Instagram posts showing us some delicious-looking dish that anyone could make if only they had the right air fryer, Instant Pot or cake mold. Truth be told, most of these gadgets don’t exclusively make any certain kind of food — they just make it easier.
One big exception is the food dehydrator. Dried fruits, beef jerky and homemade yogurt are all tasty, and they’re just a few of the snacks and staples that you can only make effectively with a proper dehydrator.
That’s because of the way most foods dehydrate. You can dehydrate many foods simply by exposing them to a lot of air at low heat over a long period of time, but the key phrase here is “low heat.” Convection ovens might work by circulating air throughout the central chamber, but their lowest temperature is still too high. Temperatures over 150 F will seal moisture into your foods, which is the opposite of dehydration.
Food dehydrators do the job properly in one of two basic ways. Vertical flow dehydrators have a fan that pushes air through a heating element that’s usually at the bottom of the gadget, but sometimes at the top. It circulates through the central chamber, where there are trays of food stacked one on top of the other. This type of dehydrator tends to be a bit more affordable, and thanks to the vertical design, it’s usually more compact. That’s helpful if countertop space is at a premium. On the other hand, the heat will always be higher at the end closest to the heating unit, though a powerful fan can mitigate those hot spots a bit. But if you’re drying foods over a long period of time, you may need to shuffle trays during the process to ensure even dehydration.
Then there are box frame dehydrators, which operate with a horizontal flow. A fan at the back of the unit pushes air out through the chamber, more or less evenly. That’s much more effective for uniform heating, and it can be done with less energy overall. In return, you can expect a higher average price point for this type of dehydrator, and a somewhat bigger profile.
With most cooking devices, you might judge the effectiveness by power output, which you can find by checking the wattage. Just remember that food dehydrators work at low temperatures, so power isn’t as big of an issue as efficiency. That said, your device will still need plenty of power to keep the temperature consistent. Look for something that has at least 300-400 watts, and maybe more if it’s a larger unit.
No matter what type of dehydrator you use, there’s no getting around the fact that dehydration takes time. Exposing your food to hot air for an extended duration ensures that the only thing that leaves your fruits, veggies and meat is water — not flavor or vitamins. That means that your dehydrator will be running for hours, and that means the fan will be running for hours. If you’re spending a lot of time near the kitchen while that happens, make sure you invest in quieter model. Powerful dehydrators aren’t always the loudest, but they can be if the unit isn’t well-designed.
DWYM Fun Fact
The first mechanized food dehydrator was invented in France during the 1800s, but the process has been around for a long time before that. Historians believe it didn’t take long for ancient Egyptians to notice that fruit left out in the hot sun was still edible for days, and that they were deliberately using the desert heat to preserve their food as early as 12,000 B.C.
The Food Dehydrator Buying Guide
What can you dry in a food dehydrator? A better question is what can’t you dry. Dehydration simply removes the moisture from foods, making them much easier to preserve and, in some cases, bringing out an extra dose of flavor. Fruits and veggies are the most common. (Yes, you can make sun-dried tomatoes without drying them in the sun.) Beef or turkey jerky is also an option, and you can even dry most types of nuts for easy storage.
Expect the process to take awhile — from 6-10 hours for most vegetables, and a few hours longer for fruits. Once your food is done, be sure to store it in airtight containers like mason jars or sealed bags. You’ll keep the flavor locked in and ensure the longest possible storage time.