Dehydrator Needs Cleaning Occasionally
Cleaning the Shelves
My dehydrator has 12 shelves. Last year I used it to dehydrate Roma tomatoes. I also used it for drying some nuts.
I remembered when I opened it the other day. Yes, the spices were stuck to the shelves. They were lightly oily from the olive oil.
I brought the shelves into the kitchen, put them in the sink. Dawn dish washing soap works good on greasy dishes, so was my first choice in cleaning these shelves.
I scrubbed the one side, then flipped it over and added it to the back of the stack. Repeat. After I scrubbed them all, both sides, I got the sprayer and with the water on high heat, started to spray the dirt off them. It worked well
The shelves have a mesh screen to keep the food on the shelf. This mesh also comes clean with gentle scrubbing
This particular dehydrator was purchased in the 1970s by my mother. She did a lot of fruit, fruit leathers. I have had it since the 1980s, and have used it for meat drying, vegetable and fruit dehydrating and crafts.