Drying food without plastics: All stainless steel food dehydrators

An amazing variety of food can be dried in food dehydrators but a lingering concern for anybody who wants to reduce their exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is the widespread use of plastic in most consumer grade equipment. Everybody is familiar with the phenomenon of dried, stained and brittle plastic when it has been continuously exposed to elevated temperatures such as those encountered in a dryer. This begs the question, have the various plasticizers in the brittle plastic leeched out into the food which has been dehydrated?

An all stainless steel dehydrator would clearly eliminate a lot of these concerns. However, there seem to be a very limited range of consumer oriented, reasonably priced, fully stainless dehydrators on the market.

However, here are four units which may fit the bill.

1. TSM Products Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 5 Stainless Steel Shelves

Picture of TSM 5 tray dehydrator

TSM's offering features:

  • 5 stainless steel shelves 22ga - 304 food grade stainless steel housing, will not rust
  • 800 watt heating element and fan creates horizontal air flow
  • Adjustable thermostat temperature range from 90º - 165ºF
  • Rack design allows for thorough interior
  • Removable back panel houses motor and electrical components for cleaning and routine maintenance also allows for cleaning and routine maintenance
  • Outside dimensions: 18.75 x 16.5 x 9 inch
  • Priced at around $US470

Click here for more information and reviews of this product.

2. TSM Products Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 10 Stainless Steel Shelves

Picture of TSM 10 tray dehydrator

A 10 tray version of the above. Priced at about $US585.

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3. TSM D-5 Stainless Steel Digital Food Dehydrator

Picture of TSM digital 5 tray dehydrator

This looks like a digital temperature control version similar to the TSM 5 tray dehydrator above:

  • Made from SUS 304 food grade Stainless Steel
  • Capable of achieving temperatures from ambient to 165°F
  • Digitally controlled thermostat to maintain minimal temperature variance to within +2 / -2 degrees
  • Numeric LED control, displays the REAL current internal temperature
  • Comes with five (5) Stainless Steel 1/4" Shelves
  • Priced at about $US480

Click here for more info on this dehydrator.

4. Excalibur 10 Tray Digital Stainless Steel Dehydrator with Glass Doors

Picture of Excalibur 10 tray digital dehydrator

Older Excalibur models usually had plastic lining inside the drying cabinet even though most of the rest of the unit was stainless. They now seemed to have produced an all stainless unit. Here are the vital stats:

  • Case interior and exterior is made of Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Trays
  • Transparent armored glass doors
  • 48 Hour Digital Timer
  • 10 large trays, 15.63 sq ft of drying space
  • Adjustable Thermostat 95◦F to 165◦F
  • 6.5-inch fan, 600 watts
  • 17-1/4 W x 20-1/2 D x 17 T
  • Made in the USA, 10 Year Warranty
  • Priced at around $US1000

Click here for more information on this dehydrator. As it is new to the market, reviews seem to be limited.

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