Re: [CH] Problems drying chiles.

Hobby Farmer (
Sat, 28 Mar 1998 14:22:15 -0500

A belated addition to this thread -

We bought a Harvest Maid dehydrator a while back (1978).  It is
still chugging along.  A thermostat shorted about 8 years ago
and warped a couple of trays, other than that, it has done fine.

Harvest Maid is a round unit made up of a base, however many
trays you need to use, and a top.  It has a heating unit, fan
and thermostat in the base.  It came with 4 trays.  We have
added 8 more trays.  We also have fine screens and juice inserts
for the trays.  It's nice just using the trays you need, and not
having to move or rotate trays - the hot air comes up the center
and then out the edges of each tray.

We have found these units and accesories at K-Mart, Walmart and
True Value, and mail order.  The stores are usually a lot

Disclaimer:  I own Harvest Maid.  I also own K-Mart, Walmart and
True Value.  I will get to keep all the money if you buy one of
these things.  I just live like I do to fool the neighbors and
keep relatives from hitting me up for loans.

Hobby Farmer

Ron M wrote:
> Hey Jim,
> I use a Ronco It IS pretty fragrant, and I rotate the trays about every
> 10-12 hours. The Roncos are inexpensive( got mine for free from a
> co-worker of my wife),and I've been happy with the results. I can dry
> around 1 1/2 - 2 lbs halved and seeded habs. <<snip>>
> Jim Campbell wrote:
> >
> > A MUCH cheaper solution (and one I was forced into after an accidental batch
> > of HOT Christmas cookies) is to simply buy your own set of dedicated cookie
> > sheets.  You might also try using foil.  As far as the dehyrators go, I am sold
> > on my Excalibur.  It was a bit pricey ($200) but has thermostat, timer, huge
> > amount of shelf space, and a heating element mounted vertically.  I had a
> > Ronco type but the juices all dripped down onto the heating element.  Since
> > there was no fan to circulate air either, they took forever to dry and needed
> > the shelves rotated every few hours for even drying- ugh!  Your oven is still
> > your best and cheapest bet.
> >
> > Hope this helps!
> >
> > -Jim Campbell
> > Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co
> >
> > In the midst of drawing up plans for a WALK-IN dehydrator.  Tim Taylor
> > would be proud!  Home built & cheap too.