Aussies Living Simply

Sunbeam Dehydrator – any experiences?

Home Forums HOMEMADE Home Preserving, Food Storage and Stockpiling Sunbeam Dehydrator – any experiences?

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #246990
    RinelleRinelle
    Member

    I’ve borrowed one of these from MIL, and have tried it twice now with no success. The food burns in places, and all tastes horrible. Is it the dehydrator, or my ineptitude?

    #393532
    dustygrl70dustygrl70
    Member

    I’ve tried a Sunbeam and an Aus-made one with the motor at the side.

    Both of them seem to take much longer than their manuals say, and my kids didn’t like the dried fruit at all. I’d say it’s an acquired taste.

    they were good for drying herbs tho, and if it used less power I’d like to do more tomatoes. Building a solar dehydrator is on my wish list 🙂

    #393533
    grumpy3grumpy3
    Member

    Have a look at the one I made its in my photo album. It uses a thermostat fan heater as the heat and fan. We have been using it far a while now and it works great. Does fruit leather also.

    Dennis

    #393534
    RinelleRinelle
    Member

    Thanks. I think I’ll give the sunbeam back, and try making a solar one. Not like we don’t get enough sun around here.

    #393535
    spannerspanner
    Member

    Rinelle wrote:

    I’ve borrowed one of these from MIL, and have tried it twice now with no success. The food burns in places, and all tastes horrible. Is it the dehydrator, or my ineptitude?

    I would say a bit of both .. :tongue:

    We got a sunbeam dehydrator off freecycle in perfect condition. It is SHITE!!!

    If yo serious about wanting to dehydrate get a square shaped one. For somereason the square ones are much better.

    Also make sure the fruit you dehydrate is good quality. Just like with cooking wines and all other ingredients you must use good qulaity if you want the food to taste ….. well GOOD.

    You may also like to “dip” some fruites in a concoction such as lemon and sugar or balsamic vinegar etc.

    This is a cooking process just like any other and takes pracitce.

    Just get rid of the sunbeam and get a good one.

    #393536
    lngferretterlngferretter
    Member

    Hi I thought it was just me.

    I had one but gave it away on Freecycle (maybe Spanner got it???). Anyway I had limited success with fruit & veg but did ok with herbs.

    I eventually found that it was easier to dry my herbs in the sun or oven after all the fluffing around with the dehydratrer and then cleaning it!!:tdown:

    #393537
    sarah73sarah73
    Member

    uh oh i have just bought one not sunbeam different brand…i hope i havent wasted my money

    #393538
    LearningLearning
    Member

    Which brand did you get sarah? I have a HarvestMaid, and a big square one I got off ebay. Both are fantastic!

    #393539
    sarah73sarah73
    Member

    hi there i got this one http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/p/hottop-kn-128e-food-dehydrator/

    it may be crap i know someone that has one and they were happy with it, we were going to get one that was a few hundred dollars but i wanted to try a cheaper on first to make sure we use it and it works!! ha

    #393540

    Just a simple 2 man tent worked really well for me this summer drying fruit leather. No insect, ants and on those 40 deg C days it was dry by late afternoon. I put a thermometer in there and it reached well over 60 deg C. I left the fly off the tent to vent the air better too.

    #393541
    SeezoraSeezora
    Member

    I’ve had a Sunbeam Food Dryer for about 4 years now, and I’ve had no trouble with mine. It’s dried bananas, apples, pears, fruit leather and veggies with no problems. Basically dried everything I’ve needed to so far.

    I have the basic one, only ‘on or off’. My Mother-in-Law and a friend of ours has the fancier one (different settings) and they haven’t had any problems with theirs. MIL bought me mine for my birthday.

    I found the best way to dry it in the time stated is to leave a rack in between each layer. Seems to circulate the hot air around much better.

    I have to dry double the load of apples, as my kids love to pinch them straight out of the dryer when it’s on.

    #393542
    marzmarz
    Member

    I was looking at these in the electrical shop the other day – the Sunbeam was the cheaper one but the racks were slimmer than the Ezi-Dri. Has anyone used the Ezi_Dri with success. Do they really use a lot of power? You have to leave them on for 8-12 hours don’t you?

    #393543
    jaydatoojaydatoo
    Member

    I’ve read they use a lot of power. I have the Sunbeam one. It works fine although it does take longer than what the instructions say. You need to rotate the racks numerous times as well.

    The main thing I don’t like about it is that it is really noisy! When you are running it for that long, you need to find somewhere to put it so that it is not going to annoy you!

    #393544
    GirlFridayGirlFriday
    Member

    i have a harvestmaid one with variable temp and i love it! i do herbs and f+v in it. have recently made a foray into dehydrating meals in it as my two older boys are in cadets and need light, filling food and i wont buy the cr@p in a can stuff for them.

    #393545
    ladybugladybug
    Member

    I have the ezi dry one and havn’t notice any increased usage in our power bill. I love it to bits, i dry apples apricots and lots of other fruits, make fruit leather constantly and dry a lot of vegetables.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.