12 questions from our users
What is the purpose of the lock/unlock vent on the lid of food dehydrator DT5600 and should it be locked or unlocked when in use. Instruction booklet does not say and customer support person did not know.
Tried drying plum slices and after 6 hours there is hardly any difference. Very dissatisfied with this product. X
The small vent is to allow air to escape and the lock/unlock is to allow for cleaning of the filter. It does not close when locked, it only holds the lid in place.
As for timing, the manual has given guidelines for expected timing. For apricots (similar size and fruit to plums) they would that up to 12-14 hours, peaches would that 8-10 hours. Dehydrating produce is not a quick process, unfortunately.
See manual below for more timing guidelines:
I have been asked a question on how to turn sugar syrup back into sugar granules. May i know if a food dehydrator will be able to do so? Thanks for your help.
Thank you for contacting Sunbeam. This will not work in our dehydrators. It will be more like a hardened toffee and will not crystalize completely. Kind Regards, Sunbeam
Can you use only 2 trays
Hi Geoff M,
Thank you for your question. You can use just two trays. We suggest to put a spare empty tray on the top shelf and then place the 2 trays evenly apart below. The empty top tray allows the air to circulate evenly rather than directly onto the next tray down.
I purchased a Sunbeam Healthy Food Dryer many years ago, and have never used it, until today. My question is: is it meant to only run for 30 seconds and stop and restart for 30 secs and stop? It repeatedly does this.
How much power does this unit use?
I honestly have no idea. My power bill does not rise appreciably to notice. I run the unit for days at a time over Autumn, drying apples/pear other fruit, herbs etc.
what exactly is the wattage of this unit please?
So sorry ,we have got rid of the unit.
It would be better if you sorced it
through your appliance store . Thanks.
how much does it cost to run per hour?
Hi Mel, very low wattage and cost would depend on your electricity provider. You can contact them with the wattage and they will advise given the amount of hours you are using it for.
Just wondered if the bench top that I sat my unit on should get as hot as it does? I could not hold my hand on the spot for even a short length of time as I would have suffered a burn for sure. Maybe it would be best on the sink? Or even outside as it is rather noisy. Be happy to get some advice here..am a first time user..was xmas gift, and made beef jerky, but as the bench got so hot, turned it off and the jerky is ok but a bit chewy. cheers Mandy
Hi Mandy, our suggestion would be to sit the unit on a wooden chopping board and would not recommend the sink.
Can I buy more trays for this? If so, where from?
Hi Michelle, for any spare parts please go to our Website under Support and service
I am using my brand new dehyrdrator for the first time and the motor seems to fluctuate. it has surges of power on and off throughout the drying process. is this normal?
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