Picture on the right showing my new Stainless dehydrator.
I am finally getting round to a review on this and as promised how the dog
I stopped on the way back from Edinburgh , and picked up some nice steak , carrots, and bananas to try in my new dehydrator.
I got it all set up and ready to go and started to slice the steak , carrots and banana as thin as i could while someone was watching my every move.
Switching on and setting up the dehydrator.
The unit was not bad to set up, just plug in the lead and turn on the main switch at the back, then touch the on off power button on the front panel to start the programming.
Set the temperature first to about (45 ) degrees celsius, (113 F) then the time, I started with 7 hours to see how it went.
7 Hours later...
The Steak & Carrots were looking good but the Banana definitely needed more time.
I gave the Banana another 4 hours but reduced the temperature to 35 degrees celsius (95 F) this worked out quite well , and someone really liked the Banana but even more the Steak !
Scottish Homemade Beef Treats
Kody testing out the new treats!
Its clear to see they were a massive success.😁
After a few days in a bag-Something went wrong :
All was going great until we left them in a bag for a few days, the Banana and Carrots were fine but the beef had gone all mouldy.
We had sealed the bags and put uncooked rice in the bottom to absorb any moisture left over but this had obviously not worked…. Back to the drawing board.
Part 2 :
Second time lucky
After thinking about it I came to the conclusion the beef was not fully deyhdrated ie it needed longer. This time I set the timer for 12 hours and (45C).
The second batch was a success , Kody loved absolutely them only problem was they were gone in days.
I will keep going with the treats and experament with different meats, veg and even some fruit .
- The actual unit itself is really good quality for the price.
- The Stainless Steel is easy to keep clean.
- As its metal its pretty robust.
- The controls are easy to understand and use.
- It is a good size inside with a lot of trays so you can do lots of different things at the same time
- With the timer function you can set it up and leave it to do its thing.
- The unit becomes pretty hot on the outside
- The door is a bit thin and and could easily get bent
- It takes quite a bit longer than i thought to dehydrate things
- I can’t really see much difference between this and a fan oven apart from the trays and a timer.
My conclusion regarding the Stainless steel food dehydrator :
LT-85 / 1000w
In my opinion I would recommend this as its a great way to save money by making your own Dog treats, it takes a little time to get the hang of it but at least you know there is no added preservatives , sugar or salt. I suppose the question how is it different to a fan oven is that, it consumes less power, (1000W compared to 3000W) it has more trays,its easier to clean and it also allows you to use your oven for cooking and at the same time Dehydrate your treats!