When drying food, dehydrators can be on for a long time, so you want to be sure that your dehydrator is up for the job. Luvele Food Dehydrators have been designed with premium materials and functionality. Ours are the strongest 'home' dehydrators on the market, as they’re made with superior Opaque PP plastic, which is BPA free, Phthalate free and Plasticizer free. They are guaranteed not to melt.
Our food dehydrators’ motors have been thoroughly tested and are designed to run at a little warmer temperature of 75 °C, which is the FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) recommended temperature to prevent possible illnesses such as salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
What is a food dehydrator?
A food dehydrator is a device that removes moisture from food to preserve and extend its shelf life. A food dehydrator uses a heat source and air flow to reduce the water content of foods, which is usually very high - 80% to 95% for fruits and vegetables and 50% to 75% for meats. Removing moisture from food restrains various bacteria from growing and spoiling food, and reduces its weight.
How does it work?
Food drying has been practiced since ancient times. The earliest known practice is dated 12,000 BC around the modern Middle East and Asia regions. Obviously we’ve got it easy these days!
A commercial food dehydrator's basic parts normally consist of a heating element, a fan, air vents allowing for air circulation and food trays to lay food upon. These elements work simultaneously for hours applying a constant temperature and adequate air flow until the food is dried to a substantially lower water content, usually less than 20%.
Most foods are dehydrated at temperatures of 130 °F, or 54 °C, although meats being made into jerky should be dehydrated at a higher temperature of 155 °F, or 68 °C, or preheated to those temperature levels, to guard against pathogens that may be in the meat.
Who should use a food dehydrator?
- Anyone who loves dried foods and wants to taste the real deal
- Restaurants owners, chefs and professionals who work in the hospitality industry
- Ideal if you think you waste too much food and want to start saving