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And along with what Unident said about the cost of the apples, don't forget the cost of the electricity! Dehydrators are power hungry, they're like running a heater. So unless you live somewhere very sunny and can use sun-drying, you will have an increased power bill to contend with if you do your own dehydrating.
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I guess you have a point there UNIDENT, I did not actually think of it that way.
I will look into it.
Thanks for the helpful thoughts.
Maybe you could try looking on Trademe for one...
I have had some really good buys off there.....
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I do wonder though, if it would work out any cheaper...?
I haven't looked into the price of dried fruit but if dried apples are $22/kilo and whole apples are $4/kilo (which is about what I see at PnS), then it might be more cost effective just to buy it.
Apples are mostly water. While $22/kg vs $4/kg seems horrendous, remember that you'll fit FAR more apples into a kg of dried apples than whole ones. If you buy $22 worth of whole apples and dehdrate them would you get an entire kilogram? Maybe not.
Something I read online said apples are 80% water. So if you buy 5 kg of whole apples to dehydrate down to 1kg of dried apple, you're paying about the same price, and you didn't have to buy the machine.
Check into it before buying - make a price comparison based on 1/5th of the weight of whole apples, not kg for kg directly.
Deb, in New Zealand
Hi there everyone in kiwi team, I am looking for a food dehydrator, as my kids have developed a liking for dried apple etc and I figure it would be loads cheaper to make it than b uy it at $22 plus per kilo. I am wanting to either buy one cheap or borrow one, will even take a free one if there is one out there lol.
If anyone has one, preferably in Palmy Nth I would appreciate it.
Many many thanks