This article is from the Food Preserving FAQ, by Eric Decker firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
email@example.com <Lynette > relied:
I have the American Harvest Garden Master. Am doing apples as we speak!
Here are my experiences. I have 8 trays going when I dehydrate. Am going
to buy 4 more this year plus 2 more roll up trays.
Jerkey takes about 12 hours. Apples about 8 - 12 hours depending upon
the outside humidity. Roll-up about 12 hours depending upon how wet it is.
I find it does the same job in the same time no matter how many trays I use.
(The most I've used is 8) Don't have more!
You don't have to rotate the trays as it has a good fan system that does
great. All the trays dry at the same rate/time. Most of the variation in
time for me is because we live in the Pacific northwest where it rains a
lot. Humidity plays a part.
I've dropped the bottom unit from about 4 feet onto a lino. floor. It did
not break or malfunction.
I chose to buy this one because I wanted something that would last and grow
with me. I am very pleased with it. Paid about $230 for the whole setup
with x-tra trays, fruit roll up liners and fine mesh liners.
BE SURE TO SPRAY THE TRAYS BEFORE PUTTING ANYTHING ON THEM. I always
forget and spend more time prying off the items than if I had sprayed.
They come right off then.
Can put the trays in dishwasher but have to take them out before dryer
All in all I am very pleased with my purchase. I had a Ro---- model before it
was very cheap and didn't have a temp control. That is the most important
part, get one with a temp control. Makes all the difference in the world.
Alsl the Ro--- model's trays broke up after using 5 - 6 time.s The AH is
sturdy and no sign of cracking