It can be disheartening to spend time preparing fruit for drying and then find that it has glued itself to your dehydrator trays.
These five tips will keep food from sticking to dehydrator trays and make cleanup effortless. Read on, where we discuss how to get stuck on food off of your dehydrator trays as well.
TURN THE FOOD AFTER AN HOUR
Sometimes turning the food is all it needs to prevent sticking. If you leave the food in the dehydrator for an hour or two, the outside will start to get dry and slightly firm. It will not be wet to the touch. When this happens, turn the pieces over. The crust that developed should not stick to the trays.
USE PLASTIC MESH SCREENS
Plastic mesh screens work well for small items that will fall through the cracks. They are also great for sticky food. When food sticks to them, you can easily bend the screen, and it will usually pop right off.
USE PARCHMENT PAPER
Dried apples, pears, pineapple, bananas and other fruit pop right off the paper when the drying is complete. Use a good-quality, thick parchment paper, so food will release from it without tearing.
CONSIDER COOKING SPRAY
Make sure to use the non-flavored kind. If you do not like to use anything in a spray can, moisten your fingers with oil and rub on the trays or pour on a paper towel then wipe a thin coating on the dehydrator trays.
DO NOT SLICE YOUR FOOD TOO THIN
The standard cut thickness that works for most fruit or vegetables is 1/4 inch (6 mm). However, the higher the water content of a given fruit or vegetable, the larger it should be sliced because it will shrink more in the dehydration process.
I hope the above five tips could help you keep food from sticking to dehydrator trays!
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