homemade food dehydrator
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- cardboard box (got it from the computer shop)
- aluminium foil
- scotch tape
- scissors (we had them)
- feet of wire, where at one end – a plug, and the other end will be connected to the holder of the old fashioned non-economy bulb (we use 60w)
- wooden sticks which will be speared through the box (for the plates)
ALL NEEDED PARTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DEVICE (TOTAL COST WAS AROUND $2):
1It takes the whole afternoon to assemble the dehydrator. First, I made symmetric holes on both sides of the box for the wooden sticks. Measured the place for the bulb holder and made the holes for the screws (in the bottom middle of the box). Next, covered the whole box with aluminium foil, by fixing it with the sticky rings made out of the sellotape. Finally, the bulb holder was fixed, the bulb inserted and the wooden sticks put in their places – that’s it! The food dehydrator is ready!
Oh, one more detail. Add a piece of a carton between the bulb holder and the aluminium foil, otherwise the wires might touch the foil.
2One more important note. After using the dehydrator for few weeks, you might notice that the top “doors” of the construction deformed and are closing slightly inside the box. Important that the top “doors” are always forming a minimal triangle ^. Otherwise, condensated water will collect on our of the “door” and will start leaking directly to the plate with the food. This will make impossible the food to be dry, and the food will get a specific smell.