Dehydrating my favorite foods: another way of “putting by” for the winter


My freezer is full and I’m out of canning jars, so yesterday I hauled out my food dryer/dehydrator. I LOVE dehydrating foods.
Many years ago we became the owners of a bulky, awkward Equi-flow food dehydrator. We had no idea at the time what a treasure it was. I’ll talk a little more about dehydrators at the end of this post.

Every year I dehydrate as many apples as I can bear to cut up. My kids love snacking on dried apples and sadly, they never last very long. When I dry apples, I get out my apple peeler/corer/slicer thingy. (There are two or three different brands on the market and they run between $20 and $30 usually. It is SO worth it to buy one of these gadgets.) I slice the apples up thin and lay them out on the racks. The entire house smells delicious for about a day and a half while they’re drying. On occasion, I’ve dipped one side of the apple slices in a cinnamon sugar mixture. This is messy, but makes a very sweet, yummy snack once the apples are dried. This DOES mess up the dehydrator quite a bit so be prepared for some clean-up.

I’ve had no luck dehydrating cranberries or blueberries. I recently read that each berry needs to be poked to dry them successfully. The ones I dried turned into dry, hard little stones and I considered a waste of good berries.

I’ve had good success with apples and pears. I’ve never dried grapes because it just seemed like it was more trouble than it was worth when I can buy raisins at Sams Club pretty cheap. I’ve dried apricots a few times but they take a long time and turn quite ugly before they’re done!
I’ve also had some great success at drying certain vegetables. I dry tomatoes. Romas work well because they have fairly low moisture content. I usually slice those up into circles and dry. I’ve also had really good success with drying cherry tomatoes. I slice each cherry tomato in half and dry it that way. These dried tomatoes are a great “home-made” version of sundried tomatoes.

Green peppers also dry really well. They make the whole house fragrant with green pepper smell while they’re drying and this bothers my one pepper-hater a lot. I have dried onions in the past. This is more of a convenience thing for me than needing to “put up” onions. I usually can get decent onions year round in the grocery store. I do, however, like to add dried onions to certain things (like sloppy joes) so I try to dry a few onions just to have them on hand.

I’ve tried making fruit leather but have never enjoyed the end result much. I’m sure others have had more success with this.

Our very favorite dehydrated food, however, is beef jerky. If you only dehydrate one thing, make it beef jerky.

There are a lot of “recipes” for drying fruit that call for various things to help the fruit or veggies keep their color.I have never messed with those things. I don’t really care if my dried apples are brown instead of the color of fresh apples. If this matters to you, a quick search on the internet will turn up plenty of advice about these additives.

Dehydrators: food dryers are very inexpensive at this point. For $20, you can get a basic round dehydrator. This is a good place to start, but they do tend to take quite awhile to dry things. They’re very compact and store easily.

I mentioned earlier that we were given an Equi-flow dehydrator. This is a wonderful workhorse of a dehydrator. It’s large and bulky and square. My Equi-flow dryer has only 5 shelves in it; most of the Equi-flow dryers you can find on eBay or for sale second hand have ten shelves in them and are twice as big. If you want to get serious about drying food, this is the dehydrator you need. My Equi-flow dehydrates food in about 1/3 of the time that a small round dehydrator does. It’s worth the hassle of storing a larger appliance. It’s also worth keeping your eye on eBay for one of these.


DISCLAIMER: all this dehydrating happens in my own kitchen, for my own family. In no way am I implying that industry safety standards are maintained in the dehydrating process. Please don’t write to us to tell us if this doesn’t meet certain commercial standards. We already know that.


UPDATE: After ironing out more bugs than I care to think about, I am now able to offer you a direct link to the Owners Manual for the Equi Flow Dehydrator!

The Equi-Flow System of Food Dehydration Instruction Manual

110 thoughts on “Dehydrating my favorite foods: another way of “putting by” for the winter

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  2. We have an ancient ‘family’ dehydrator that goes from house to house as needed. I always do apples too, and like you they never last long. I have thought about berries, but they just don’t last that long in my house.

    Jerky ROCKS! Tell me how you do yours, please!! What cut of meat, what spices. I would just fall over in a swoon for good homemade jerky. I like the stuff from Dixie’s on Grand as a local product, then the obscure little meat market in St. Croix Falls for my ‘out of town’ experience!

    • green peppers are the easiest to do, just cut them into pieces the size you want for any recipe, put them in the dryer and if you start in the morning they will be dry late night or early morning. Drying is related to sugar content and since peppers are low in sugar they dry quickly. I have done drying for over 30 years. The key is not to turn the dryer on full, I usually turn the knob 1/4 low heat preserves the nutrients. For storage keep in brown bags in the dark. I use plastic zip lock. Dried food will keep for years and reconsitutes very well;. by adding liquid from the dish you are preparing or if you are making; ie, a stew the cooking time will bring your dried food full circle.
      Marion Matt March 28, 2013

    • most fresh veggies are dehydrated at 130′-142′ F…. I understand about keeping the temp lower for nutrition but it also depends on whether your weather is moist or not… but if you have a vacuum sealer…. keeping the dried fruits/veggies in glass jars after dry and vacuum sealed will last a very very long time. You may want to ‘SunDry’ then dehydrator for the final to maximize the nutrition and the energy you pay for. Look up everything..

      I realize this is from 2007 but I hope you are dehydrating and preserving in scads and scads of quantity. 😀 I Love it.

  3. Hi, Marisa, drying green peppers couldn’t be easier. I wash them and cut them open. After cleaning out the seeds and the pith, I slice the peppers into long narrow strips. I arrange the strips on the racks and turn the dehydrator on high. In my dehydrator, it only takes a few hours to dehydrate thinly sliced pepper strips, but every dehydrator is different.

    Did you know that you can also freeze peppers with no special preparation? Again, slice them into the size you want, lay them on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer. Once they’re frozen, put them into a ziplock bag to store for longer periods of time. Peppers are the one vegetable that doesn’t need to be cooked or even blanched before freezing.

    Have fun preserving!


  4. I’ve just acquired a used Equi-flow dehydrator and I’m wondering if you know how to clean the fan. There’s the mesh screen in front of it but I can’t seem to release it to do some cleaning. The fan is really dusy so I’m hoping someone will have some suggestions as I can’t wait to start using this great find!

    Is there an online manual somewhere that I’ve just not stumbled across yet?

    Thanks! I can’t wait for apple season now to make some cinnamon apples too!

  5. Cranberries are more easily dried if you “Pop” the skins first. This can be done by putting them in a bowl, and pour boiling water over them, and let them sit a couple minutes. You’ll hear a bunch of fizzing-type of “pops”. Then, dehydrate.

    Hope that helps!

  6. I have acquired a dehydrator but it does not have an instruction book. Am interested in drying apples but do not know what heat setting nor how long to dry. Can you help?

  7. Carol, I have NEVER used an instruction manual for a dehydrator because I’ve never had one. Drying apples couldn’t be easier. Use a high heat setting and dry slices of apples until they’re the texture that you want. Less time results in softer, plumper dried apple slices. My family likes apples that have been dried until they’re almost crunchy, so we dry them a little longer. As far as times go, it’s difficult to estimate because every dehydrator is different. Just experiment. You can’t really go WRONG on drying apples unless they dry so slowly they mold.

  8. The webpage for the beef jerky is not complete when displayed. Can you furnish the missing text?
    Homemade beef jerky « My Sister’s Kitchen
    September 1, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    • I’ve used a l0-tray equi-flo since they were first made. My favorite treat is apple leather. I sometimes use raw, but to keep it longer, I quarter apple, remove all spots and “fauna”, and stew wih a few pieces of stick cinnamon and/or other fruits like black currants, until soft. Put through Foley food mill (this preserves the goodness just under the skin). Spoon on to teflon type separator sheets and use back of spoon to flatten and even the dollop. I like to have it thinner than mayonnaise so that,when fully dehydrated it is brittle, and stays that way for several weeks before it becomes leathery. Stack between sheets of waxed paper (torn to size) or tho pre-cut thin sheets used in a bakery. Put a stack in a ziploc quart bag and press excess air out. Great for travel/snack food. I find each piece is about quarter of a medium apple. I like to mix types of apples for rich flavor.

  9. Richard, I checked the Beef Jerky post and it all shows when I look at it. I did change the text color from dark grey to black, in case that makes a difference. I”m not sure what else to do since it all looks just fine on this end. If you would like me to copy and email the text to you, please let me know.

  10. HI, I was wondering if you’ve tried dehydrating red peppers? Green peppers are okay, but I’m not a huge fan, at least if red (or orange or yellow) peppers are an option. I think the sweetness (maybe more sugar?) in the red peppers would come out and make a really tasty snack. If you’ve ever tried this please let me know.

    • Hi Adam, we’ve dehydrated all kinds of peppers, including red ones. We LOVE them all. The trickiest part for me is that I have two sons who love red peppers for a snack. They with both cut up a red pepper and eat it like a piece of fruit. So getting the peppers from the market and into the dehydrator can be a bit of a challenge. 😉 That said, they do dry nicely. I’ve just used them in soups and casseroles, but I would think they’d great munching snacks. Let me know how it works for you.

  11. Wow! I just found Equi-Flow Home Food Dehydrator on ebay-I wanted an Excalibur-the one all the raw food people rave about. However, everyone here loves this one-I’ve gotten laid off-I think I’ll buy it, thanks alot for the encouragement. I love raw food dried in the dehydrator-it is so tasty and can keep the enzymes in food alive-‘live food for live bodies’-no dead food! You don’t raise the heat above 118 degrees to keep the food alive.
    thanks so much-God bless you all,

  12. I have acquired an equiflow dehydrator thta needs its thermostat replaced. Does anyone have an idea of a source, the thermal cutoff has failed in the unit.

    • John,
      Our old equi flow just blew a thermal cutoff fuse. I’m going to replace the thermostat with excalibur that you mention, but what fuse did you use? I only find 240 volt fuses. And what temperature? Thanks! Bob (not a member, just a follower…) And this is “already” 2015…darn thing is 42 years old already!

      • I’m doing a bit of research into the thermostat and thermal cutoff and if I’m successful I’ll send info on replacement thermostat (I’m looking at the Excalibur one as well) and a source for the thermal cutoff fuse (which you aren’t supposed to replace without replacing the thermostat…probably the main reason the fuse fried in the first place…) Maybe we can keep some of these old Equi-flows in circulation! (We had a wheat grinder from the same source back in the 70’s and finally sold it when my wife determined she had a gluten problem and it was no longer a good thing for us to do)

  13. Well, Excalibur’s replacement thermostat has too short a stem to fit through the Equi-flow. I had to make a few alterations to the electrical connections as well, but until i can figure out how to get the long stem from the old thermostat onto this new one, I’m out of business.

  14. Sam, I’m really sorry to hear this. I wish I could help you but I’m definitely not able to fix things involving electricity. I would recommend keeping an eye on ebay auctions and estate sales in hope of picking up an old one that someone is getting rid of.

  15. I managed to get it to work. The stem from the old thermostat pulled off, but I had to cut the stem on the new one off. Then I had to switch a couple pieces (a brass stem that the aluminum stem sat on and the bracket that held it in) around and now it works perfectly! So if you need a new thermostat and are mechanically inclined, the thermostat for the 9 tray, non-timer Excaliber dehydrator will work with some adjustments.

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  17. We have had a equi flow dehydrator in our family forever. We used to make peach fruit leather when I was a kid and it was soooooo divine. The recipie we used for the fruit leather came with our “equi flow” dehydrator. We have lost our recipie. Do you by any chance have a recipie book with your dehydrator that has a recipie for any fruit leather? and if so…. Could I please get that from you? If not, thanks for your time. Monica Scott

    • Monica, I’m so sad to tell you that I don’t have the recipe book that accompanies the EquiFlow dehydrator. The dehydrator was already well-used when it came to me, so I never saw any kind of instruction or informational booklet. I wish I could help you; I wish I had that booklet myself! Good luck on finding it. Barbara

    • Hi, I noticed you were looking for the fruit leather recipe. I bought a used equi-flow at a yard sale for 10 bucks and it had the manual inside 🙂

      1. cover tray with cellophane or plastic wrap. Tape the edges to the tray ( this includestaping pieces at the middle of each side, as well as the corners).
      2. Wash and pit fruits, then chop or cut into small 1 inch pieces. Put them in a blender 2 tsp.-2tb. honey to yield 3 cups of puree. 1 cup of applesauce adds body and pliability to the leather. Yogurts (fruit or plain) or left over cottage cheese may be added–but these may lower the shelf life of the leather as rancidity may occur.
      3. For quicker drying leathers, wait until top surface of the leather has become dry to the touch. Then peel it away from the wrap and turn the leather over. This will produce fruit leathers in 8-11 hours. If you don’t have time to do this, the leathers will dry automatically, without turning, in 12-24 hours.
      4. Add spices to leather before drying: cinnamon, nutmeg, annise, or corriander. Most standard cookbooks will suggest which spices go with which fruits, and it what quantity.
      5. Glazing fruits for puddings or fruit cakes can be done by dipping them in honey or in a sugar solution.
      6. Rinds and peels of citrus, watermelon, and other melons may be dried until brittle, then ground, blended, or used as is in other recipes.

      *** This was typed exactly how it says in the manual. It didn’t give an exact quantity of fruit to use to make the 3 cup puree. Again, I have the entire manual. If you want to send me your email, I can email you a scanned copy of the manual. They seem to be a very desired manual and hard to come by.

      • Amy, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a scan of that manual! Our email is And congratulations on finding that incredible dehydrator at a garage sale and for a garage sale price. Awesome. Monica who posted earlier, please email me so I can forward the scan of the manual on to you if you’d like it.

        • I certainly will! I won’t be able to get to my scanner until this evening, but I will send it your way, and feel free to share with whom ever you would like 🙂 It might take a few emails to send, as it is a good 10-12 pages to scan. Glad I could help 🙂

          • Hi Barbara,

            I emailed the Equi-Flow manual yesterday evening. I hope you were able to recieve it. I had to email from my yahoo account because hotmail wouldn’t allow the desired megabytes to upload. Have a great day!

        • Hi Barbara,
          I see these posts about a manual were from quite awhile ago, but I am hoping you still have this file somewhere! We just inherited one of these beauties, and I am eager to get started!


      • I read your post about having a copy of the manual for the Equi flow dehydrator and I have my dehydrator but can’t find my manual and would love to have a scanned copy of the manual. I am making jerky right now but not sure if I have the setting right as it only has a dial and I have it set at medium so I hope that is right. I have searched the internet but can’t find a manual so I would so very much appreciate a copy. Thank you in advance. Donna

        • Donna, we’re sharing the Equi-flow manual with our readers by sharing it with you as a Google document. Watch your email for this. The manual is large enough that emailing it is difficult, so this works out best.
          Barb and Laura

          • Barbara, I have inherited my mom’s Equiflow dehydrator, but sadly there is no manual. Would you mind sending me the google document/manual? I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

      • i recently received an equi-flow dehydrator. I understand you have the original manual, I would like to know if you would send me a copy. You can me. I will happily pay any copy costs.

  18. Hey I just pulled out an Equi-Flow from my Moms old shed tonight and dusted it off and put in some ripe banana slices to see what happens on medium low not having a manual. However I see someone scanned you one. Can you share the wealth? Thanks for any help you can provide. My Mom used to make her own dried garlic powder and it was the best ever.. really its flavor was as good as fresh!

    • I would LOVE to share the wealth. I’m still trying to figure out if there are copyright problems with posting pdf’s of that manual. Anyone know?

      • Hmmm, any mention in pages of the manual about copyrights?
        Or if Amy is reading… could you scan me a manual too?
        Thank you,

        • Carol, I realize that I’m probably not moving fast enough on this for you, but I’m just over two weeks away from my oldest son’s wedding. We’re actually catering the rehearsal dinner ourselves and right now I don’t have enough hours in my day. I will look this information up to you absolutely as soon as I have a free moment, k?

      • I’m not a lawyer but I do have a bit of an understanding about copyright, both in terms of law and the practical application.

        The act of simply writing the manual conveys copyright (right to copy) to the author so technically, making a copy of it inherently violates copyright.

        Having said that, I’ve never heard of anyone even being sent a cease & desist much less a DMCA complaint over a manual. Even in cases where the company is charging for a manual, it’s usually to cover cost and the hassle (as was the case with my Classic CL 5036 outdoor wood boiler).

        If Nature’s Way is even around to care [1], they’re probably happy to have you distributing the manual since people will bug you for it instead of them. From their perspective, you’re doing a job they’d have to pay someone to do.

        Of course, while I think you’re on pretty safe ground, if you want to REALLY make sure, you can call or write to them and make sure they don’t object.

        [1] It looks like they still exist but have moved into the supplement market exclusively. (

  19. Hi Carol. I scanned and emailed the entire manual to Barbara, because I don’t think she wants people on this site giving their email addresses to people like me…a stranger. BUT there is no copyright on the manual from what I can see. So, since she has your email address, hopefully she can pass it on to you…at least that was the reason I even emailed it to her 🙂

    • Sorry, gals, I’m not hording information here. I’ve just been very ill since shortly after my son’s wedding. I’m forwarding all the scans on to Carol. Thanks again, Amy, for your generous help on this.

  20. Or Carol, if you can get Barbara’s blessing to give me your email, I have it readily available to email. I double checked the manual. There is no copyright on the manual.

  21. I just “inherited”(she’s still living) an Equi-Flow from my Mom and I am very anxious to get busy. I see that there may be a copy of the instruction manual out there somewhere and would be eternally grateful if I could get it emailed to me. 🙂 My small round dehydrator can no longer keep up with demand, so I was thrilled when I read how happy everyone is with theirs.

  22. Hi Barbara,

    I found your website and it is very helpful! I have just come into a five-tray Equi-flow and saw that you may have an instruction manual you might share. If so, I would love to have it. I can’t wait to try it out!


  23. Hello! Thrilled to come across your website! Could you also send me the Equi flo recipe booklet and any other equi flo manuals you have? I purchased one three years ago and just pulled it out of storage. Thank you!!

  24. I would really love and appreciate a scanned copy of the Equi Flo manual! I have searched the internet for one without luck, so am thrilled to come across your website! I inherited a ten tray Equi-Flo, but have yet to try it. You have inspired me! Thank you so much!

  25. HI 🙂 I was very glad to find this link/blog. I too would love a copy of the manual if anyone out there si still willing to send it? I
    I bought a Equi-Flow at a yard sale for 5 bucks! Just getting around to cleaning it out-dusty. This is a LARGE 20 tray one-must be for commercial use? Two pieces of paper came with it-“Important Safegaurds” with the original address for a company in Lynwood WA. And a Order sheet for a book that apparently goes along with it by Una Jean Peterson and on the flip side is a order form for Flexalon-kind of like a 70’s version of a silpat sheet. It anyone would like a copy of these 2 pieces let me know.
    Anyone interested in starting a “club” for the Equi Flow? a blog? or facebook page? I could probably do the facebook page but the rest I am not young enough 😉 If we could all get together with info/ideas/recipes/mistakes-it would be great.
    Happy Dehydrating ladies !


    • For those of you who have been patiently waiting for copies of this manual….I finally figured out how to distribute them. (I’ve tried sending countless attachments in the last week or two but can’t seem to get these attachments to go through. I will create a Google doc that consists of these pdf’s. If you’ve asked me for the manual, I’ll send you an email inviting you to view the google document. From that you should be able to print off your own copy. It’s nearing midnight on Monday now and I won’t get back to my computer until Tuesday afternoon. I will try to get this squared away by Tuesday evening at the latest. Thanks for your patience.

  26. Barbara, We too (my partner, Marc, and I) would looove to have a copy of the manual. We are just starting our own family (due Thursday) and have been busy nesting, going back to our roots (canning, dehydrating). We have an Equi-Flow that his mom gave us that we are ready to put to work! Please can you send me a link to the google doc? Thank you, Briar

  27. I’m super late to this party, but I’d love a copy of that manual as well! My grandmother gave me her Equi-Flow over a decade ago, and it was old then. When was this thing manufactured? I’ve used it a couple of times, but I’m never sure if I’m using it correctly or if it’s even working properly! 😉 Thanks!

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  29. Hi Barbara,
    I just picked up an Equi-flow. Is it possible for you to send me the google document of the user manual? Thank you!

  30. Is there still a link for the equi flow dehydrator manual? Just stumbled across your website trying to find one! Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

  31. Just happened to come across the website and am delighted to to read of the enthusiasm for dehydrating especially with the old Equi-Flow. I am the author of “Dehyrating for Food and Fun”. I do have a few extra books. If you are interested in one I could probably sell some of them. I would need to figure out the S&H and the total cost.


  32. I would love to have a copy of the manual. I too have an old one that was handed down from my Mother-in-law.

  33. Dear Barb could you please send me an invite to your gdocs I need the manual for the equi-flow dehydrator I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Sorry this took so long, Diane. I’ve been in the middle of a couple weeks of graduations, open houses, houseguests, and sick kids. You should have the invitation in your email box.

      • Hi Barbara, I would love to be invited to your gdocs. I have been looking everywhere for this manual. My mom passed me down her dehydrator but it needs the fan cleaned, I have a one year old baby and want to start making dried fruit for him. I can’t wait to get it up and running! Thanks so much!

      • Barbara, may I also have a link to your document for the equi flow food dehydrator? I don’t know how to request an invite.
        Thanks, Rachel

      • Hi Barbara, I have a 10 drawer Equi-Flow that was my mother inlaws. I sure would like to get the link to look at the manual.
        Thanks, Lee

  34. I would love the manual for my equiflow. I purchased it 33 years ago and I’m interested in dehydrating again. Thanks for any help

  35. I just dusted off my old Equi-Flow Dehydrator. I bought it new in 1981! I hope to dry some peaches and tomatoes.

  36. You can clean the fan by removing the back. You need a special square tipped acrew driver to remove the back. It is easy once you remove the back. The instructions say to be really careful not to bend the fan.

  37. I am using my dehydrator right now. I ran it all night, 12 hours on less than medium setting and my peach slices aren’t done yet.

    If you have the 10 shelf model, that would be model 7010. It is on the label on the lower back of the machine.

    You can clean the fan by removing the back. You need a square Robert’s screwdriver for that. “Caution: Do not allow the cover hang by the supply cord. The motor should be oiled with SAE #10 oil. Do not over oil. Two oil holes are located on the front and back of motor housing above the bearings or on top of the motor housing over the bearings”

    The adjustable thermostat ( on the side of machine, it turns for settings):

    LOW: Temperature ranges from 80 to 105 degrees, suited for drying herbs or making yogurt
    MEDIUM: Ranges from 110 to 125 degrees and desirable for drying nearly all fruits, vegetables and leathers
    HIGH: Ranges up to 145 degrees when faster dehydration is needed at the beginning of a cycle if foods might drip ( I didn’t use it) Also used for meats.

    Preheat oven about 10 minutes before using. Maybe use on high for first 6 hours NOT NECESSARY THOUGH. (These are quotes from the book)

    Drying Fruits…Cut into 1/8 or 1/4 inch slices. Lay on racks with edges just touching. No times are given. I read 5 to 12 hours somewhere else. It depends on the temperature you have it set on. I would like to find a thermometer to put into my dehydrator to check actual temperatures. The new Excalabur dehydrator has that.

    Here is something about time: “This is the only other cost of operation. All good things take time. The Equi-Flow will dry foods in an average time of 12-24 hours. Some items take 1-4 hours, some special recipes may take 36 hours. Whatever the item, it is dehydrated more quickly in the E-F because of the horizontal drying system. And in most cases, once you start the process, that’s all you do until it is time to take out the finished product-no tray rotating, no spot-checking of unevenly dried food”

    There are several books on Amazon on drying foods. I already owned a couple of older ones and was able to order the Amazon books from our library and will check them out before buying them.

  38. Barb, Are you still sending out copies of the Equi-Flow manual. I have one here from 1981 but I notice that the recipe sent for Fruit leather by one person was totally different from the info in my manual. I would like to see the new manual. Could you send me the Google link? Thanks!

      • Hi Barb, Could I Please get a copy of the manual, I have been getting my Grand babies into it and I would love to see and try the recipes. Thanks VERY much, Bill (p.s. my email refers to me being a fishing junkie lol, many people have not gotten it that’s why I mention it)
        Thank you again for helping out so many of us in the same boat.
        Take Care

  39. Hi Barb, Could I Please get a copy of the manual, I have been getting my Grand babies into it and I would love to see and try the recipes. Thanks VERY much, Bill (p.s. my email refers to me being a fishing junkie lol, many people have not gotten it that’s why I mention it) Thank you again for helping out so many of us in the same boat. Take Care

  40. Hello Barbara:

    I borrowed my neighbor’s Equi-Flow food dehydrator, but she does not have the instruction manual. Can you please forward the link to obtain the manual. Thank you…… -Ron

  41. Hi Barbara! I picked up at the dump, no joke, an Equi-Flow 7010 from a person who was unloading it from the back of a pickup and about to toss it into the bin.

    No trays but I was able to make my own with some fiddling.

    My email address is, I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing that google doc with me as well. I’d like to start loaning it out to friends locally to get some fall harvest sorted for the winter and the manual would be quite helpful!

    Thanks much in advance!

  42. We’ve been using our Equi-flow dehydrator since the early 1980’s. It is a much beloved workhorse. The trays, however, have taken a beating and we desperately need new ones, as many as possible (we have the large model). Do you have any idea if these are even available? I’ve been on the web for hours searching; this is how I found your site. Has the manufacturer gone out of business? Thanks for your time in answering.

  43. I just received a equi flow dehydrator and when I first plugged it in it smelled like a slight smoking smell is this normal as I don’t think it was used for a few years.

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