Susan Cutler Recipe

How to Use a Convection Oven As a Food Dehydrator

By Susan Cutler suak

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Susan's Story

I happen to have 2 convection ovens and I use them over my regular oven to dehydrate foods. Convection cooking takes less time than your regular oven.

I always prop oven door open just a little so more air gets into it to help circulate and dry. I use a very large rubber spatula, the kind that is heat proof to prop door open.


cookie sheets
wooden spoon
fruits and vegetables
meats for jerky

Directions Step-By-Step

"You do not necessarily need a food dehydrator to dry food. A convection oven works well as a food dehydrator because its fan and convection cycle speed up the food drying process. Drying food in this way prevents the formation of bacteria, yeast and molds by removing the moisture from the food. It also slows the enzymes that will eventually break down the components of the food." by Mary McNally, eHow Contributor
1. Heat your convection oven to between 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place the food to be dried on a cookie sheet so that the food edges are not touching and there is plenty of air circulation around the food
3. Put the loaded cookie sheet into the convection oven.

4. Close the oven door or experiment with propping it open with a wood spoon for more air circulation.
5. Remove a piece of dried food from the convection oven, and let it cool before you taste it to determine its level of dryness.
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About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Snacks

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    missy gbaby Reese johnson butchreese - Nov 6, 2012
    Susan I didnot know that this is good to have on hand! thank you missy
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    Susan Cutler suak - Nov 6, 2012
    Only if you want to dehydrate can make wonderful snacks for your family...fruit - who doesn't like that and veggies..healthy or can use in casseroles etc. after rehydrating them... All in All it is a really good idea...they are light and at the same time keep most of the nutrients in if not all of them. So your boys hike, camp, fish etc. in summer...even ski etc. Fruit would be perfect for a snack and nutritious.

    Do you have a convection oven? If you don't, a regular one works just as well - extends drying time only by a few hours...

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    Stormy Stewart karlyn255 - Nov 6, 2012
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    missy gbaby Reese johnson butchreese - Nov 6, 2012
    I Have a regular oven!!!! I had convection oven , and i really miss it! Put will replace it some day!!missy
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    Susan Cutler suak - Nov 6, 2012
    You still are can use your regular do the same as you would for convection but use your oven on the lowest temp it can go..mine is 170 degrees and prop open door like the other just a little bit and let whatever you have dry. You will be able to tell when it is done. Veggies are usually crisp and fruits little bit soft but not moist and jerky until moisture goes honestly could tell...I have no doubt Missy... :)