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June 2, 1945

Home-Built Electric Dehydrator

JAMA. 1945;128(5):395. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860220077037

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This pamphlet gives detailed directions and layout specifications for the construction of a home made food dehydrator. Step by step directions are provided for assembling the drier with its eight wire mesh trays and- thermostatically controlled electric heating unit capable of maintaining a temperature of 150 F. Any handy home mechanic should have no difficulty preparing the equipment, although such materials as a 1/4 horsepower motor, thermostat, wiring and heating elements may prove difficult to obtain today. Careful directions are given for preparing fruits and vegetables for the drier, with lists of the foods best suited to this method of preservation. It is recommended that light colored fruits be sulfured first to prevent darkening and that vegetables be steamed first to inactivate the enzymes. Tests are given to determine when the necessary degree of dryness has been attained. The booklet provides adequate directions to guide the home maker in the

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