I had always laughed at the wannabe homesteaders who bragged about dehydrating their garden's extra produce. It seemed like a lot of work for a less tasty reward.
And then we started getting gifts of fresh produce from our neighbors, way more than we could eat before it goes bad.
So, why not try?
I'm glad we did. I have a big sweet tooth, but even to my candy-preferring tastes, dried kiwi and apple slices taste like fruit roll up and tasty bites, respectively.
The fan is audible, but barely so, from the kitchen to other rooms. It's not audible behind closed bedroom doors, even a little.
It sets times by the half hour, and goes from 95F to 158F in 9-degree increments.
It dries thoroughly, with no tray rotation needed.
After a batch of onions, I dry a batch of potatoes next, which eradicates any lingering smells.
And, the best part -- yes, the plastic trays hold up in our dishwasher's top rack. So far, they've run through three times with no evidence of warping or breakage.