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Food Dehydrators

To find the best dehydrator, we purchased five models and set them to work creating some of our favorite dried snacks (apple chips, kale chips, beef jerky, and mango-apple fruit leather) and some pantry staples that we could use for cooking (dried tomatoes and dried thyme).

What We Learned

What do kale chips, dried thyme, and beef jerky have in common? They’re all dehydrated foods. Although you can dry some foods in an oven or microwave, food dehydrators are more convenient and produce better results. Why? They have fans that circulate air to facilitate dehydrating, and they provide multiple levels of flat rack space for drying large volumes at once. In addition, some...