I had long wanted a food dehydrator. A couple of years ago I almost bought a ‘cheap’ one from Lakeland. I was put off by some bad reviews (must’ve been very bad). Whilst researching about dehydrators on the web I found plans for making your own solar dehydrator. I loved the idea of it. Before getting to carried away and buying the necessary tools and building materials I made a prototype from cardboard boxes, muslin and a piece of perspex based on Eden Fodor’s design (see article in Solar powered dehydrators from The Coconut Chronicles for a diagram).
The prototype worked – when there was sun. Disappointingly, it was obvious from the first use that, here in the south of England, there is insufficient, reliable sun for a solar powered dehydrator to be viable. So I had to save up and wait a little longer until I was able to buy the Excalibur. If you are a Homo habilis living in a sunnier clime and would like to make a solar powered dehydrator here are links to some websites that you may find useful.
- Solar Food Dryers by Larisa Welk and Lucien Holy
- Build a solar dehydrator from Root Simple
- Solar Cooking and Food Drying and Solar Stills and Root Cellars from Build it Solar
- Solar powered dehydrators from The Coconut Chronicles
It is possible to make your own electrically powered dehydrator too. See Kath Clements’ electric powered HOME-MADE DEHYDRATOR made for her by her son and Alton Brown’s video, that I mentioned previously in this post, showing how to make a cheap, simple, home food dehydrator from a box fan, some furnace filters, and some bungee cords.
B.T.W. If you do buy a dehydrator through the internet be sure that it is compatible with your country’s power supply. Excalibur dehydrators are much cheaper to buy in the U.S. but they are made to work with U.S. and not European power supplies.