How well does this unit dry jerky?
I bought the Cabelas's 1K-518667 dehydrator the one with the blue plastic trays and found it to be terrible at drying. The unit does not provide adequate venting to evacuate moisture. The key to dehydrating is air flow exchange more than heat, the 1K-518667 does a pathetic job of air exchange. I had to keep all the shelves open and drill holes in the unit to allow the moist air out. If a dehydrator does not vent the moisture quickly and efficiently the meat just sits in a hot constantly wet sauna. While I am extremely disappointed in the 1K-518667 I am looking forward to trying the 160 commercial dehydrator. I realize that having to rotate trays is a must for most dehydrators including the 160 commercial model....but how efficient is its air exchange. Does it evacuate the warm moist air with numerous air exchanges per hour?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
Scotts Valley, Ca.
on Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators
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The Cabela's Commercial Food uses a 5" diameter fan to circulate and remove air, while maintaining a heat sufficient to control the quality of the food being dehydrated. This unit has numerous customer reviews with average ratings of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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I am pretty sure its a constant air exchange. If you put your hand on the bottom vent you can feel ambient outside air pulling in and the vent at the top is warm moist air. I really like mine, it does an awesome job on jerky. The only problem with mine is getting it to keep the highest temp setting constant. If its set at 160 it usually runs a little cooler, 155 or so. But its in my basement where the air is already 10-15 degrees cooler to start with. also if your meat is refrigerator cold it takes quite a while to get up to temp. Both of these issues are very minimal and all in all its a really nice machine.
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