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How to Clean a Dehydrator

Dehydrators are fantastic appliances for preserving fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. They efficiently remove moisture from foods to extend their shelf life while retaining their nutritional value and flavor.

I spent 4 days dehydrating vegetables and leafy greens. In the end, I have a stash of yummy food in my pantry, and a dirty dehydrator.

The final step in any food preservation process is cleaning your equipment. I love my dehydrators and want to keep them in the best working order so they serve me for a very long time. I have two and I would use this same process for either of them. You can use this cleaning process for your dehydrator.

Today I'll walk you through the essential steps to clean your dehydrator thoroughly, ensuring it's ready for your next batch of delicious treats.

How to Clean a Dehydrator

Step 1: Disassembly

The first step in cleaning your dehydrator is to disassemble it. Remove all trays, mesh liners, silicon trays, or any other removable parts. This will allow you to access all areas of the dehydrator for thorough cleaning.

Step 2: Vacuum

Once the trays and other removable parts are taken out, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any loose debris, crumbs, or food particles from the interior of the dehydrator. Pay special attention to the corners and crevices where debris may accumulate.

Step 3: Wipe Down

After vacuuming, use a clean cloth or sponge dampened with an antibacterial spray to wipe down the inside and outside of the dehydrator. Be sure to clean any spills, stains, or residue thoroughly. This will help prevent the growth of bacteria and keep your dehydrator smelling fresh.

Step 4: Wash Removable Parts

Next, wash the trays, mesh liners, and silicon trays with warm, soapy water. Use a soft brush or sponge to scrub away any stuck-on food or residue. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Step 5: Dry All Parts

Once the removable parts are washed, ensure they are completely dry before reassembling the dehydrator. Any moisture left on the trays or liners could lead to mold or bacterial growth. You can air dry them or use a clean towel to pat them dry.

If you want a trick to ensure all parts are try see step 6.

Step 6: Reassemble and Dry with Air Circulation/heat

Once all parts are dry, reassemble the dehydrator. Make sure each tray is properly aligned and securely in place.

I like to turn on the dehydrator on high for 10 to 30 minutes. This will help ensure that all parts are completely dry and ready for your next use with no chance of yucky moisture growth.

Step 7: Store Away

Your dehydrator is now clean, dry, and ready to be stored away until the next use. Store it in a clean, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your dehydrator are essential for ensuring its longevity and performance. By following these simple steps, you can keep your dehydrator in top condition and enjoy delicious, homemade dried foods for years to come. Happy dehydrating!

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