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Andrew James Digital Dehydrator

At last I have one! I've dreamed of owning a food dehydrator for years now and finally I have one to call my own and what a fine thing it is too! OK some of us clearly need to try harder with our ambitions in life... ;)


When it comes to preserving fruit or vegetables or making healthy dried snacks at home, I've had more failures than successes when using my oven! The motor home oven is a slightly unreliable little thing to start with, coupled with the fact that it has no temperature setting means that using it is guesswork at best. Plus it just eats me up inside to have to burn gas in the oven whilst leaving the door open – and for several hours?! Nope, I won't do it! Not when purpose made dehydrator does the job so much more efficiently.


It's really simple to use unlike some complicated kitchen gadgetry, and has just 3 buttons: power, temperature and time. On start up the default temperature is set to the highest 70°C but can be changed by simply pressing the temperature button until it displays the temperature you want ranging from 40°C upwards in 5° intervals. If left this way it will run continuously until you switch off the machine.

The timer function can be set to run for up to a whopping 48 hours (again by pressing or holding down the timer button until it shows the length of time you want) after which it will switch itself off so is ideal for leaving to run by itself or overnight. The fan makes quite a noisy 'turbine' sound so it's not something we would run inside the motor home overnight but is happy enough left to run in a garage or shed – providing it's not too damp a place to counter your drying efforts or home to rodent pests that would be attracted to your food!


It's quite a bulky bit of kit so is something that I already knew would end up confined to 'base camp' for the majority of the time but it's already proved itself extremely useful here. So far I've dried all manner of spare vegetables and mushrooms, made chewy apple and mango snacks, and part-dried the sticky coating on a huge batch of yummy date and maple syrup 'toffee' popcorn!


This one comes with 6 stacking trays as standard which can be purchased separately if you want more. The trays are made from a particularly delicate plastic with a diamond patterned grid and chip easily so need very careful handling, though at least you know you can buy replacements! Small things will easily fall through the holes so you may need to lay things on a sheet of baking parchment or purchase the fine-mesh sheets to go with the machine – essential extra kit for making fruit leathers etc. The trays can be stacked in either a tall or short setting depending on how much room you feel you need. I also like the fact that this one is rectangular as it feels much more efficient with the counter space.


So I can now look forward to an exciting, healthy and frugal future of dried fruit leathers, raw flat-breads and crackers, and home-made vegetable crisps... check it out on Amazon via the link below:

Buy the Andrew James digital dehydrator on Amazon



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Sarah is an artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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