There is nothing worse than spoiled food, what a waste! One method of preserving food is using a dehydrator to dry your meats, fruits, fish, and vegetables. Food Dehydrators are very simple to use and fairly quiet, depending on the model. There is a lot of different things you can make with your food dehydrator, and it’s for more than just food. A few examples of what you can do with a dehydrator are listed below. The possibilities are limitless.What can you dehydrate?•Making Crispy Nuts and Seeds•Drying Sprouted Flour•Incubating Homemade Yogurt•Drying Fish and Meats•Making Beef Jerky•Make Homemade Fruit Rollups•Drying Granola•Dehydrate Plums to Make Prunes•Drying Berries and Fruits•Making Banana Chips (Yum)•Making Dried Pineapple•Drying Herbs•Drying Flowers•Making Fire Starters•Making Potpourri•Drying Tomatoes•Dehydrate Mushrooms•Make Oatmeal Cookies•Make Crackers•Make Yogurt DropsMy favorite thing to make with my dehydrator is beef jerky, though I also use a smoker to make beef jerky as well. It depends on my mood for what I feel like making that particular day. A food dehydrator is easier, and I can do it indoors, which is great when it’s cold and rainy outside. Beef Jerky made in the dehydrator does last longer. I also love making banana chips, dried strawberries, and dried pineapple. All of these are great for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and snacks around the house. The kids really enjoy taking them to school for lunches, or snacks on our fishing trips. There are two main types of food dehydrators made for most home kitchen uses, commercial and standard home use. The commercial models are larger, and fancier. It’s good to go with the commercial models if you have a large family, or like to share your creations with friends and family. The standard models are perfect for individuals and families. The main difference between the various models of food dehydrators on the market is size, and quality. The larger and more high quality unit that you buy, the more expensive it will be. The next difference that is also important is that the higher end units do not require you to rotate the trays, so you don’t have to keep an eye on each batch, you can set it and forget it. Lastly, there is look and style. But that is all based on personal preference, and easy to spot. Cabela's 160-Liter Commercial Dehydrator•Large capacity, commercial-grade dehydrator•Penta 360° Air Flo design - even air circulation•Smart Heat technology - monitors air intake and internal temperature•Powerful 1,600W heater•Easy-to-read, four-color display with single-button control•Internal lights with 24 high-intensity LEDs - let you see inside•Includes 24 removable racks - removable Snap-Lock rack frame system•Handy pre-heat function•Drain reservoir with removable drawerCabela's 80-Liter Commercial Grade Food Dehydrator•Large capacity, commercial-grade dehydrator•Penta 360° Air Flo design - even air circulation•Smart Heat technology - monitors air intake and internal temperature•Powerful 1,400W heater•Easy-to-read, four-color display with single-button control•Internal lights with 24 high-intensity LEDs - let you see inside•Includes 12 removable racks - removable Snap-Lock rack frame system•Handy pre-heat function•Drain reservoir with removable drawerCabela's 12-Tray Pro Series Dehydrator•High capacity dehydrator for home use•Powerful, rear-mounted, 1,100W heater and 6.5" paddle fan•Force hot air horizontally across trays towards the core ensures even, and consistent drying•No tray rotation needed•2,525 square inches of cooking space over 12 trays•Adjustable thermostat - precise temperatures between 80°-160°F.•12 heavy-duty polypropylene trays - won't get brittle•Side-mounted air slots - exhaust heated air outward•Removable drip tray and drying trays - fast cleanup•Built-in handles - easy carryCabela's 10-Tray Deluxe Dehydrator•High capacity dehydrator for home use•Powerful, rear-mounted, 900W heater and 6.5" fan•Force hot air horizontally across trays towards the core - ensures even, consistent drying•No tray rotation needed•1,703 square inches of cooking space over 10 trays•Adjustable thermostat - precise temperatures between 80°-160°F.•10 heavy-duty polypropylene trays•Side-mounted air slots - exhaust heated air outward•Removable drip tray and drying traysCabela's 6-Tray Heavy-Duty Dehydrator•High capacity dehydrator for home use•Powerful, rear-mounted, 800-watt heater and fan•Force hot air horizontally across trays towards the core - ensures even, consistent drying•No tray rotation needed•1,022 square inches of cooking space over 6 trays•Adjustable thermostat - precise temperatures between 80°-160°F.•6 heavy-duty polypropylene traysCabela's Harvester Pro 5-Tier Dehydrator•Powerful, easy-to-use home dehydrator•Big capacity - 786 cubic inch of drying space•Powerful 750W heater•Top-mounted fan and airflow channels - constant, even circulation and uniform dehydrating•Soft-touch LED digital controls•Set temperature from 90°–160°F for up to 23 hrs•Easy-to-read LED display•Expands to hold up to 10 drying trays (additional trays not included)Cabela's Harvester 5-Tier Food Dehydrator•Highly capable, easy-to-use home dehydrator•520 cubic inch of drying space over 5 drying trays•Powerful 600-watt heater with silent fan•Tri-Flow 360° air-circulation system promotes even drying•Wide-perimeter air slots and adjustable center chimney venting•See-through lid - easy monitoring•Easy-to-use 3-position dial controlDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. 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