Winegrowers Supplies - Fruit dehydrators - for preserving fruit and vegetables
Professional/Commercial models:- these models are dehydrators not heater-dryers.
They can dehydrate fruits such as apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries, strawberries etc,
or vegetables such as leeks, onions, celery, cauliflower, fennel, tomatoes, mushrooms, also tea, herbs, pasta and even flowers.
The dryer chamber is fully insulated and equipped with drying trays made of stainless steel.
The dehydrating process is based on heat convection and moisture condensing principles, with a heat pump having low power consumption.
The circulation of warm dry air absorbs the moisture of the product and the moisture is condensed into water and released through a pipe from the drying chamber; avoiding moisture build up in the preparation room.
All sides of the fruit or vegetables are dried simultaneously, a gentle drying without burning the fruits, enzymes and vitamins are well preserved.
Apples don't become brown, because the surface dries quickly.
Dehydration at low temperature preserves fragrance.
Each of the following Models has a 'load surface' area, for a single layer of fruit or vegetables.
This can be doubled (or even trebled) by buying extra 'mats' made from food grade plastic material, 600 mm x 600 mm, 9 Euros each.
The mat is laid directly on top of the first layer of fruit and then a further layer of fruit is placed on that. The number of layers depends on the thickness of the slices of fruit.
The thicker the slices the longer they take to dry.
Also the type of fruit has an influence on the drying time; for example vegetables like tomato, cucumber, aubergine, dry much faster if salt is sprinkled on them before drying.
Model 25: 6000 Euros
Load surface: 6.2 m², 10 to 50 kilos of fruit.
Model 50: 11,590 EurosTechnically more advanced than the model 25: it dehumidifies the air before circulation.
Load surface: 7 m², 10 to 60 kilos of fruit.
20 Trays 60 x 60 cm. Choice of stainless steel, plastic inserts on stainless steel, or all plastic.
Overall dimensions: 110 x 100 x 200 cm, weight 275 kilos.
Possible operating modes:-
- ventilation only
- ventilation with dehumidified air
- ventilation with heated air
- ventilation with dehumidified and heated air together.
Note: comparing the square metres of load surface, the price for the model 100 dehydrator is relatively higher.
Another disadvantage is that, for one person to fill a model 100 with two layers will take a couple of hours, which means that the first produce will be in the dehydrator for a couple of hours before the last tray is filled, which is not good.
Therefore, we recommend having two model 50 instead of one model 100.
Model 100: 25,985 Euros
As the model 50 but twice the capacity:
Load surface: 15 m², 20 to 120 kilos of fruit.
40 Trays 600 x 600 mm. Choice of stainless steel, plastic inserts on stainless steel, or all plastic.
Overall dimensions: 200 x 136 x 230 cm.
Electrical supply: 380 Volts, 3 to 8 kWatt (depending on the chosen mode and the outside ambient temperature).
Model 200: ..... Euros
As the model 100 but twice the capacity:
Load surface: 29 m², 40 to 240 kilos of fruit.
80 Trays 600 x 600 mm. Choice of stainless steel, plastic inserts on stainless steel, or all plastic.
Overall dimensions: 360 x 120 x 260 cm.
Electrical supply: 380 Volts, up to 15 kWatt (depending on the chosen mode and the outside ambient temperature).
Prices shown are exclusive of Vat.
Delivery usually will need to be charged at cost.