View Full Version : Can I dehydrate foods in my oven?
04-15-2007, 07:24 PM
I do not have the funds for a dehydrator right now. I am currently making an onion bread from the RAWvolution cookbook in my oven. It has a "warm" setting, and then the next highest is 200 degrees. I have it on "warm".
Has anyone ever tried this? I guess I'll see if it works tomorrow!
04-15-2007, 07:42 PM
Hey there! Well, the problem with "dehydrating" in your oven is there is not a fan to help the process along. There are many, many thread discussing this. I would ask family members if anyone has a dehydrator they aren't using, or check eBay. I think it will work, but you will end up with "baked" onion bread.
04-15-2007, 08:04 PM
I was wondering if I could use my oven to dehydrate.
I have a convection oven. The lowest temperature on it is 100 degrees. There is a dehydrator in the house, but my landlord won't let me use it.
04-15-2007, 08:16 PM
This question is probably in the top 5 of most questions asked. If you do a search at the banana (points up) for: dehydrator oven or oven dehydrator you'll see LOTS of reponses on this one.
04-16-2007, 11:01 AM
You might also want to go to www.freecycle.org, which is an environmental organization that sets up listserves in different communities where people can get rid of unwanted items (by offering them to the list) so they don't go into landfills. See if there is an active group where you live. A while back I posted a "wanted" on freecycle for "that juicer and dehydrator sitting in your basement that you never use" and got responses within minutes and had picked up both items for free within a couple days.
It is great if you are low on funds or just experimenting with something new.
04-16-2007, 01:18 PM
There is a dehydrator in the house, but my landlord won't let me use it.
HUH? You can use an oven which goes up to 500 degrees and a stovetop and a microwave but not a dehydrator? did your landlord say why? That seems odd.
Anyway, dehydrating while keeping the enzymes intact requires strict less than 112 degrees, right? So, I'd use something that has a thermometer that you can set to ensure that. Especially if you'll be dehydrating much of your food. Good luck!
04-16-2007, 03:07 PM
seems to me that 100 degrees in a convection oven would work - it has the fan to move the air like a dehydrator and if you know for sure it's 100 degrees, no prob. Good luck:)
04-16-2007, 03:43 PM
I know it's 100 degrees. It says so on the digital display. I'm going to try dehydrating something simple (like sweet potato chips) and see how they come out.
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