View Full Version : Non-stick sheets for dehydrator
08-19-2010, 02:36 AM
Is there anything else you can use instead of Excalibur teflon sheets? Could you use wax paper? What else could you use? Thanks
08-19-2010, 09:10 AM
I've read that using parchment paper is the best alternative to teflex sheets...but I don't have a dehydrator so I'm not sure if this is true.
08-19-2010, 09:32 AM
I bought the cheaper generic nonstick sheets. They're just like the Paraflexx ones, only generic and almost half the price. They seem to work just fine.
08-19-2010, 10:16 AM
You can use parchment - but don't use wax paper - the wax will melt!
08-19-2010, 01:50 PM
About these generic sheets, are they reusable and for up to how long? I looked up some parchment paper, but it sounds like they are 1 time use. I saw 100 sheets for $15.
08-19-2010, 01:59 PM
I got one "official" Teflex (sp?) sheet with my dehydrator as a bonus. It is VERY thick and will last a LONG time.
Since I only had 1 sheet, but 4 trays, I ordered some generic ones a bit later (I think from Alissa). They are much thinner, and I have torn one (but I still use it). I like the thicker sheets MUCH better.
I've had my dehydrator (and sheets) for probably 5 years now.
Hope that helps.
08-19-2010, 02:42 PM
Yes the generic ones are reusable, but apparently less sturdy than the more expensive ones. I may end up with the Paraflexx ones later, but for now while I'm still experimenting and learning, these are great.
08-19-2010, 02:51 PM
I started with 5 of Excalibur's Paraflexx sheets. When I needed more than 5 sheets I used parchement paper (from a roll bought at the grocery store). The parchement paper works, though some of the things I've dried on it have buckled and stuck. With the Paraflexx sheets, food dries flat and NEVER sticks.
After over a year of use and abuse those five sheets aren't looking so good. I cut a batch of crackers with a sharp knife (what was I thinking? :confused:). Still work fine even with slits cut in. I set those sheets aside to use when drying heavily spiced and oily foods, (like onion bread or eggplant bacon).
I got a good deal on 9 new Paraflexx sheets from a local distributor. Sorry, I can't say the name as Excalibur sets prices and distributors can't advertise (or sell?) for any less than Excalibur sells for. I paid $4 each and $10 shipping.
Parchement works, but after using the real thing, I can't go back to less than the best.
I give parchment paper another thumbs down. I tried it once and everything stuck badly - ugh!
I love my Paraflex sheets from Excalibur. I only ordered 7 when I got my dehydrator, I wish I'd ordered 9! *Ü*
08-19-2010, 03:26 PM
I use parchment paper and have had very good luck. I'm sure it depends on what you dry. I've never had anything stick very much; or harmed the end results because of it.
I have both and think the parchment paper dries faster so I use that more. It's somewhat porous and dries from both sides unlike the teflon/paraflex sheets. JMPO.
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