Dryers for fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a source of vitamins and nutrients that give our body strength and energy. But in the winter-spring period there are no fresh fruits, which is why one has to be content with vitamin complexes or buy tasteless imported products in stores.
But you can create your own supply of tasty and healthy "canned", this will help you drying for vegetables and fruits. These are innovative devices that help to preserve the fruits from the garden without the influence of cold and heat treatment.
Concept and types
Drying for fruits and vegetables is an innovative device that realizes the rapid elimination of moisture from fruit pieces, while preserving vitamins and minerals. In modern stores offer dozens of brands and names of these devices, but only a few will delight you with the quality of their work.
Modern drying, depending on the principle of work, are divided into 2 large groups:
The drying process is carried out using a uniform supply of hot air. Among the advantages of such drying vegetables and fruits is to provide an affordable price. But there are these products and significant drawbacks. First, the pallets should be swapped so that the entire contents are dried evenly. Secondly, the hot air changes the color, taste of fruits, and also leads to the loss of some nutrients.
The process of removing moisture is carried out by exposure to infrared radiation. The color, taste and vitamin composition remain the same. The only drawback of such drying of vegetables and fruits is the higher cost of equipment, than convection counterparts.
Also, these devices are divided into another 2 types, depending on the material of the body:
There is also a classification of products by useful volume. But here the user's choice is limited only by standard sizes from 3 to 8 liters. At the same time, different brands offer different indicators.
Also, drying is divided into brands. Of course, it is better to give preference to proven manufacturers, for example, Breeze, Zelmer, etc.
What to look for when choosing a dryer
Before buying this device, it is important to thoroughly prepare, having studied consumer reviews and certain characteristics of the devices. Particular attention should be paid to the parameters on which performance depends.
Therefore it is worth analyzing such moments:
- the presence of the function "thermostat";
- type of management;
- availability of the timer;
- localization of the heating element;
- instrument safety;
- drying time;
- features of care;
- brand and rating;
- price policy.
Power. Not only the drying time of vegetables and fruits directly depends on this indicator, but also the energy consumption for this process. If you do not want to get super-speed and are aimed at maximum economy of electricity, you should choose devices with average characteristics and with a power in the range of 350 - 400 watts. With such indicators, there are products from the brand "Veterok".
The presence of the function "thermostat". In fact, it is the ability to adjust the drying temperature. This allows you to choose the optimal modes for different types of products, which is very convenient and significantly improves the taste of finished vegetables and fruits.
Control type. The process of regulation modes and setting functions can be of two types:
These devices use buttons and manual switches. They are inexpensive and have a fairly simple design. But such management leads to a decrease in functionality.
Such devices are distinguished by advanced functionality and allow you to fully control the process of drying vegetables and fruits.Significant indicators (temperature, time remaining, etc.) are displayed on the display. The only drawback of such equipment is a higher cost than analogs with mechanics.
Choose a dryer should be based on your needs and financial capabilities. In fact, having decided on the parameters, you can save exactly on the type of control, if you do not need additional functions.
Presence of timer. This is a very convenient feature, especially useful for working people or housewives with small children. Including the dryer, you simply set the time of its operation and at the end of the specified period it will turn off automatically. In devices without a timer, the equipment must be turned off manually.
Localization of the heating element. Different manufacturers place this item in different parts of the equipment. Many devices have a bottom heater, but experts recommend choosing a product in which it is located on top. So you eliminate the risk of moisture in the electronics, which will extend the service life of the dryer for vegetables and fruits.
Safety device. The work of any drying involves heating the equipment.Therefore, it is important that the device is equipped with an “overheat protection” function. This will eliminate the risk of spontaneous combustion due to excessive heat and prolong the life of the device. Also do not forget about the safe installation of equipment. A dryer for fruits and vegetables is better placed in hard to reach places, especially in homes with young children. It is also worth pre-examine the rating of devices in the network
Drying time. This equipment can perform its work both within 6-8 hours, and two or three days. Therefore, it is better to ask the sales assistant about this parameter. After all, the consumption of electricity is directly proportional to the drying time.
Peculiarities of care. Equipment should be cleaned and operated in accordance with certain rules and regulations. For each type of technology they are different. Details you can find in the instructions or check with the consultant. It is also worth reading reviews and tips from users who already have such drying.
Brand and rating. It is better to choose products from proven manufacturers. Among domestic products stand out "Breeze".They are of high quality and are always included in the rating by the number of sales and by performance characteristics. But not only Veterok is good, there are many worthy brands on the store shelves: Zelmer, Saturn, etc.
Price policy. This is not the most important indicator. But do not forget that products from domestic companies are cheaper (Veterok, etc.), possessing almost all the advantages of goods from Western brands. Therefore, if you are staying on several devices that meet all the requirements, you should focus on the price.
TOP low-cost dryers for vegetables and fruits
The current rating is based on a number of criteria and indicators. After all, it is unfair to evaluate equipment with electronic and mechanical control in one TOP.
So, if you choose among the best dryers made of plastic, the rating looks like this:
- Ezidri Ultra FD 1000. Experts rated it for all significant characteristics, including power and safety. But the cost of equipment is quite high - about 16,000 rubles.
- SUPRA DFS-211 and Veterok-2 share the second place. They are distinguished by a reasonable price and high quality performance. The cost is about 2 800 rubles.
- Polaris PFD 0205AD.The product scored a little less balls than Breeze, but at a price Polaris essentially loses. Its cost ranges from 4,000 rubles.
Also, experts have identified a separate rating of budget equipment:
This is the most budget drying, with a sufficient number of functions and high-quality execution. After all, all products from the TM "Veterok" are manufactured in accordance with international standards.
“Hot wind 3”.
More expensive than its predecessor by 700 - 900 rubles and has a decent quality.
Smile FD 993.
I scored the same number of points as the Hot Wind, but slightly inferior to him in the characteristics.
Knowing these criteria and the features of the various units, you can easily choose a suitable dryer for fruits and vegetables.