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Available in an extra-spacious 160-liter model or a large 80-liter model, these dehydrators will tackle all your dehydrating needs in one shot. The 80-liter model has 12 (21-1⁄2" x 16") nonstick drying racks for a total of 28 sq. ft. of drying space, and puts out a full 1,600 watts of drying power. Its larger counterpart, the 160-liter model has 24 (21-1⁄2" x 16") racks for a total of 56 sq. ft. of drying space and produces 1,600 watts. 160-liter model features improved airflow diffuser for the largest drying jobs. Both have a fully insulated housing that maintains a maximum drying temperature of 160°F for a drying time of 12 hours. A built-in drain reservoir catches drippings, making cleanup quick and easy. And the glass-front doors and cabinet lights let you see your progress without having to open the unit and release the heat. With fully digital controls, these units let you set the exact temperature and time needed to reach your desired results. The thermostat maintains the temperature and shuts the unit off at the end of the set time cycle. 110 volt, 60Hz. Models: 80 Liter, 160 Liter. Exterior measurements: 80 liter – 21-1/8"H x 17-3/8"D x 23-1/2"W. 160 liter – 35"H x 17-3/8"D x 23-1/2"W. Weight: 80 liter – 67 lbs. 160 liter – 104 lbs. Color: Black. Item note: The manual may state that both the 80-liter and 160-liter dehydrators come with three notched racks — this is incorrect. The 160-liter model includes just one notched rack. The 80-liter models comes with three. This is a factory error in the manual. Only one notched rack is required for either size.
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What is the shipping weight of this dehydrator?

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The CABELA'S COMMERCIAL FOOD DEHYDRATOR comes in two sizes, the 160L & 80L, here are the shipping weights for both sizes.

80L - 70 lbs.
160L - 112 lbs.
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70.00 lbs
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When do you heat your meat to reach 160 internal temperature? Do you slice it first? How long does it normally take?

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For the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators (515819), heat the meat to an internal temperature of 160 degree F or the poultry to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F in an oven to kill any bacteria that may be present. You will want to slice the meat before dehydrating. The time frame will depend on the thickness of the meat, the moisture present in the meat, and the present humidity.
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I actually know this one answer only from reading through the 100's of reviews on Cabella's before I bought....

BEST to Freeze/thaw the meat (chicken) and then SLICE while "frosty" crunchy so that knife slides easily and you can cut consistent slices

AND, I read - buy the jerky slicer Cabella reviewers recommend (hunters who have made jerky for decades) say they wish they had bought sooner - makes their life so much easier and consistent slices...

THEN regarding the heating MUST do to prevent salmonella etc bacteria growth from being harbored in the middle of the jerky (particularly if the dehydration isn't 100% and their in moisture left inside for the bacteria to grow)

SO WE COOKED on cookie sheets one day, stored in refrigerator in zip lock baggies; then, when we had time again for the task - loaded into dehydrator to complete the process.
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I have a 80L Cabelas TS80 dehydrator...where would I be able to get a replacement heating element?

This dehydrator is approximately 10 years old...and by the way, has always worked very well.
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Please contact Cabela's directly at 800-237-4444 to obtain replacement parts for the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819.
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I never have replaced the heater unit on this model, but 10 years of use to very good. I would buy the same size to use all the same racks and such.
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Do you have a biger dehydrator that the 160 black

We need more capacity is there other options or can you recomend something

we are producing jerk
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I use mine for making jerky for my fishing trips, about 90-120 lbs each year. You may need to go into a commercial size unit, depends on how much you make.
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I recommend the 80L. the 160l uses the same heating element and fan so the 80L is more efficient overall
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Non stick drying racks?

Are these rack made out of metal with a teflon coating?? Thanks!
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The racks in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators are not teflon coated, but have an alternative material that yields a black non-stick coating on the metal racks.
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The racks are great and very easy to clean. I use some nylon parts brushes with hot soapy bleach water. I use 5% bleach and this seams to work well. I use rubber sink pads to prevent damage to the coating also.
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Approx. how long does it take to dehydrate a full batch of beef jerky 1/4" thick X 1/2" wide?

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At 140 to 160 degrees the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item: IK-515819, will take 7 -12 hours to dehydrate a full batch of jerky.
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I would say 6-8 hours with the heat at 160 depending on how dry you want it.
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does the 80 Liter model come equipped with a fan ?

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The model 80L model in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, does come with a fan.
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Yes it does have a fan.
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Dehydrator seasoning??

what kind of seasoning works well with this dehydrator?
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Marinating is key... Use any seasoning you like, I just use pepper.
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Any seasoning you want really will work fine. I have used the prepackaged High Mountain seasonings for jerky as well as my own concoctions. I recommend choosing a flavor combo you like in the prepackaged and following the instructions for the first time. You want to marinade the meat overnight to let the cure soak in.
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Trays have no lip on them to stop food?

I have been trying to dehydrate peas and corn but, every time I get all the vegetables on the tray they roll off the sides and in the middle because there's nothing there to stop them. I would like to permanently attach something to the trays to keep this from happening. Anyone have any idea's?
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I have been having the same problem and i'am putting some strips of plexi glass around the sides and around the center hole.
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Try attaching folded foil strips to the edges of the trays.
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What is the non stick material/coating made out of?

I would like to know if the non stick trays are a ceramic or teflon coated. Thanks much.
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The racks of the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, are coated with a non-stick synthetic coating that is neither ceramic nor teflon.
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They are A nontoxic resin plyable very awesome we use ours for our all natural dog biscuts and they work great no sticking we have used them for 4 years without having to replace them and we us our two units 40 hours A week 52 weeks A year in our business no breakdowns at all
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I know very little about dehydrators, but so far this is the one i am leaning towards. Does it comes with stainless steel racks?

what is the warranty? besides the dehydrator itself, what are any other accessories that i will need?

If something does go wrong with it, where do i take it for repair? I am in Atlanta, GA.

Thank you
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The racks are very good and have Teflon coat on them, the jerky just slides off after done. Just be careful at cleaning time, I soak mine for 1 hour in hot, hot water with dish soap and food service cleaner with Libman dishes brush.
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The racks are metal with a very slippery non-stick coating. Nice to clean up but I don't know about long-term yet.
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I have mis-place my manual for this dehydrator can I download one?

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To acquire the Owner's Manual for a Cabela's product, please contact us directly via Phone, Email, or Live Chat and we can have it mailed, faxed, or emailed to you. At this time, there is not a way to download manuals from our website.
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Call Cabela's customer service and ask them to mail or email you one.
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Is the 160 Model either ETL or UL certified? I need to know if it meets the standards of either of these agencies

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item number IK-515819, is not ETL or UL certified.
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UL
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Can you stick the racks in the dishwasher?

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The racks in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, are not dishwasher safe.
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CAN THEY WORK WITH 220V?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, can only operate on 110 volt electrical power. If 220 volt is the only option, it woud be necssary to use a voltage converter to convert the 220 volt, down to 110 volt.
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No they are 110 volt.
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What is the direction of the air flow on the 80L? does the air flow from top to bottom or back to front?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, circulate air from the bottom in the back, through the unit and out the exhaust ports in back at the top of the unit.
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It blows air from the bottom of the unit to the top of the back plate on the housing. It has port holes to create draw, and it works well.
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Different racks

I purchased the 80 L and it has 2 or 3 different style racks. Some have a notch out of the back and some have a whole in the center, some have neither. How do I arrange them correctly? Is there a specific order? Thanks in advance...
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The racks in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item: IK-515819, can be placed in any order in the dehydrator. Rotation of the racks during the drying process helps prevent uneven drying. Avoid blocking the center hole in racks as this allows for better airflow during the process.
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I keep notched ones on top.
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Energy Efficient?

Is the 80L dehydrator unit energy efficient? Im concerned with running the unit frequently and for long periods of time that will significantly increase our electricity bill.
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819, will draw approximately 10Amps/hour.
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I use mine for 15 lbs. of meat and it takes about 6.5-7 hours, it is like running hair dryer for that time frame. It is nice to eat something that you make for yourself, that is the reason for doing it. I have been making jerky for 30 years now and I like the ground beef style with jerky blaster and high mountain kit. It is easy and faster than muscle meat processing.
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How long should I heat chicken Breast?

I am going to make chicken jerky, how long and what thickness?
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At least 12 hours at a higher temperature.
Slice 1/8 or thinner
I wouldn't make it without cure (tenderquick, instacure, etc).
To be fully safe and protected from salmonella, the meat should be heated to 160 in the oven before dehydrating as the instructions say (I don't, but I also don't make that much chicken jerky)
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I did turkey breast the same as my Beef Jerky. I hand cut at probably about 4-5mm thick and put temperature at 155 degrees. Fullload of Beef takes about 4.5 hours. Turkey took less because It wasn't a full load.
Hope that helps!
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Where can replacement dryer racks be purchased?

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We may be able to obtain replacement parts for the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819, through a parts request. Please contact us at 1-800-237- 4444 to submit a parts request.
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In the original paperwork it shows that the part number for the racks is 28-0313
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