Some years ago I was lucky enough to find a great dehydrator at a thrift store and practically threw the $5 they were asking for it at the clerk and grabbed it and ran away before they could come to their senses. Since then, it has been a staple of my food preservation. It has nine trays, each 15″ by 18″, which means a total of about 17 square feet in each run. In practical terms, it holds a full 5 gallon bucket full of apples or pears.
A load like this takes about 8 hours to dry, so I start it in early afternoon and it’s done about bed time.
How to build your own – Years ago Oregon State Universitypublished some great plans for how to make your own drier and thousands have been built. They’re inexpensive, easy to build and