Food Dehydrator Should There Being Concerns About Them?
I was just wondering that since food dehydrators interior are made out of polycarbonate trays. Should there be any concern about our healh? I've alway thought that anything that our food comes in contact with should be glass, pyrex, clay, stainless steel etc. As we all know that plastic is made with petroleum and can leach chemicals into our food. Can someone give some feedback on this question. I've seen them avertised stating that they are FDA approved. Honestly I don't trust much of anything that they have to say...Thanks
Plastic Vs. Stainless Steel (from Excalibur's Website
IMPORTANT NEWS - PLASTIC VS. STAINLESS STEEL 2007-07-02
As stainless steel appliances have come into fashion one question remains- is stainless steel better than plastic for food dehydration? Well it depends- Not all stainless steel is created equal just like not all plastics are the same. Some people are under the misconception that stainless steel is healthier and of higher quality than plastic. However, it all depends on the grade of stainless steel. Lower grades of stainless steel can be mixed with other metals which can change in color, density and safety when coming into contact with heat and food.
Excalibur has been the leader in Dehydration technology for over 35 years. We lead the commercial dehydrator market with our premier-quality, double-walled stainless steel dehydrators so we know the important features that are mandatory for health and safety when it comes to dehydration and working with stainless steel.
When looking at a stainless steel dehydrator here are the questions you MUST ask when it comes to your health and safety:
1) What type of stainless steel is the dehydrator made out of?- Not all stainless steel is the same- to make it stainless cheaper-lower grades are mixed with other metals which can change the color, density and safety when coming into contact with heat and food.
2) What are the Trays made of? - Many low grade stainless steel dehydrators do not come with stainless steel trays- they are sold with trays that are Chrome plated and/or nickel plated. Keep in mind your food is setting on these trays. Over time this plating can chip off in your foods and rust. Chrome plating usually makes use of hexavalent chromium (Cr+6). Many studies in the last decade have shown it to be dangerous citing evidence that hexavalent chromium causes lung cancer and other serious health conditions. Because of these health concerns, the chrome plating process has come under increased regulations in the U.S. based on chrome’s hazardous and environmentally toxic properties. In order to avoid increased regulations many companies have moved their operations overseas. -Most Important---If you purchase a stainless steel dehydrator-- Make sure that the Trays are 100% stainless steel. In our commercial dehydrators we use only 100%stainless steel trays.
3) Where is the dehydrator manufactured?- beware of low-grade stainless steel coming out of China- and chrome plated trays from overseas. Excalibur is proud to be a U.S. made product.
4) Is the Dehydrator a green product? Stainless steel is not green. It is a necessity in commercial applications—but not needed for home use. Support Green Products, Buy Recycled, Buy Green!
5) How long has the manufacturer been in business and what is the warranty?-Beware of companies that purchase low grade dehydrators from China and put their name on it. Parts might not be available when needed and many of them cook foods rather than dehydrate them.
6) Are the edges rounded and seamless for easy cleaning? Low grade units will have sharp 90 degree corners and have cracks/crevices where the metal comes together. This is where food can become lodged creating the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow.
Why our FDA Approved Polycarbonate Construction is Better than Stainless Steel for Home Use.
High quality stainless steel is appropriate for businesses but it’s much too expensive for home owners- the key word is high quality stainless. Anyone can make a low grade stainless steel dehydrator and include chrome plated trays, but you do not know what has been mixed with the stainless steel – and chrome plated trays can pose health concerns.
Some customers have asked us to make a stainless steel home dehydrator like our commercial dehydrators. To produce a homeowner-priced stainless steel dehydrator, we would have to seriously downgrade components- going to single-wall construction, for example, which has rough edges and is hot to the touch. We pride ourselves in providing high quality products and support using green products whenever possible. Stainless steel is appropriate for commercial uses but unnecessary for home use. Here are some key reasons why Polycarbonate is better than stainless steel for home use:
beware of cheap "stainless steel" food dehydrators
I've read alot of people that recommend purchasing the stainless steel food dehydrator from the sausage company if they are worried about the plastic in all the other dehydrators. They assemble the product in the USA...But the stainless steel comes from China and isn't 100% stainless. It's a mix of metals. I started doing some research and found out if it is 100% stainless steel, it's going to be very expensive. Most stainless steel pots/pans etc. are made of a mix of metals. I've also read many bloggers and sites that say China makes it cheapest because they use toxins, like in many other things Just something to consider!!:wuv
The excalibur box is plastic, but I plan on dehyrating at very low temps...
I am thinking about getting the excalibur, but spending the extra money for the 100% stainless steel replacement trays. (the part that comes in contact with the food and using nori seaweed sheets instead of a plastic liner)
Has anyone else used the seaweed sheets as a liner?:eat