Plans for a Homemade Dehydrator
How to Build a Food Dehydrator
If you're still unsure about spending much money, you can make a homemade dehydrator with just a few parts.
While I don't think it's worthwhile to make you own dehydrator, it's definitely a fun project to do if you're the type that likes to build things.
I haven't created any new blueprints for a dehydrator, but there are several resources online that can guide you.
Best Food Dehydrator Plans:
- Alton Brown's Good Eats Dehydrator - The ultimate do-it-yourself cook shows you how he does it.
- Solar Dehydrator - This uses cardboard boxes, plastic wrap, and tape. You'll also need sun.
- Electric Dehydrator - This is one of the more popular plans. Most people make their own customizations, but these basic plans will get you on the right track.
- Made with wood - This is a larger one, using plywood, refrigerator shelves, and light bulbs.
- Backpacking.net - Here's one that'll cost you just $10 in materials.
- Homemade Solar Dehydrator - Another page on sun-powered food dryers.
There are even more plans for a homemade food dehydrator, but they're mostly variations of the ones listed above. The most important tip is to have a kitchen thermometer, so that you can monitor the temperature your homemade dehydrator is running at. Also, instead of light bulbs, try a cone heater. It'll last longer.
Finally, if you want to circulate the air, computer case fans are a frugal choice. You can might be able to pick up used ones at a computer repair shop. They're meant to run under hot conditions, so they'll run smoothly.
After giving yours a try, be sure to check out a commerical dehydrator. That way, you'll know for sure your homemade unit is better than the ones at the store.
Good luck with your project and have fun!