Food Dryer Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of food dryer manufacturers and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top food dryer manufacturers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find food dryer companies that can design, engineer, and manufacture food dryers to your companies specifications. Then contact the food dryer companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product new articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of food freeze dryers, preserving dried foods, food dryer materials, or customized food dryer of every type, this is the resource for you.

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  • Drying Fruit with Food Dryers

    One of my favorite snacks while either hiking or camping is trail mix. The assortment of mixed nuts, M&Ms and dried fruit is a delicious way to keep hunger at bay until it's time to settle down for a meal. On many Boy Scout camping trips and hikes I've used the snack to keep warm and stay energized. I've recently decided to start making my own trail mix so I can eventually bring it to work as a snack. That is if my snack can actually make the drive to...

  • Food Dryers and Food Drying - Then and Now

    Food drying is an important process for commercial food producers, and this has been the case since food production existed on an industrial scale. However, the process of food drying has been in practice by humans for thousands of years. Moisture removal from food was one of the principal methods of food preservation before the advent of refrigeration. Combined with smoking, salting and curing, drying was one of the few methods earlier cultures had at their disposal to prevent food spoilage. Drying made food storage possible, and food storage was...

  • Food Dryers: Snacks for the Road

    Dried fruits, vegetables, meat and fish are enjoyed around the world. Before electricity was invented it was important to have food for the winter months and that may not have been possible without people sun drying their produce and meats. Today, thanks to electricity there are two ways to dry foods in an easier more controlled environment and faster that the sun's drying abilities. The first way is a food dryer that uses warm to hot air of varying temperatures to prepare the food being dehydrated by removing moisture through...

  • PCE Instruments Introduces Inline Moisture Meter

    PCE Instruments, Jupiter, Florida, has introduced a new inline moisture meter, PCE-A-315, that provides accurate grain moisture measurement in real time. The PCE-A-315 in-process moisture sensor boasts a measurement range of 5 percent to 40 percent for moisture content during continuous mass flow with an error of just plus or minus 0.5 percent from 5 percent to 18 percent grain moisture. The PCE-A-315 inline moisture analyzer delivers significant cost savings. The PCE-A-315 lowers energy costs by enabling shorter drying times and reduces labor costs by automating the moisture monitoring...

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Food Dryers

Food dryers remove moisture from fruits, vegetables, meats and other edible substances. Dried foods preserve nutrients, color and flavor while reducing weight and volume, making them easy to pack and transport. Food dryers can be very different from each other in terms of specific processes, yet the basic idea is the same: the temperature is raised (lowered in the case of freeze drying) until the water evaporates or sublimates out of the food, leaving behind the dried product.

Most food dryers have a few features in common, such as a holding tank or container with a door, a heat source and an accessible and convenient way to remove the finished product. Personal food dryers are small enough to fit on a countertop, while commercial or industrial dryers have up to 8,000 square feet of drying capacity. Food grade stainless steel is often used for the tank or container because of its corrosion resistant and sanitary properties, and fiberglass can be used as insulation for more precise temperature control. Food dryers are used by food and beverage companies to create fruit leather, beef jerky, powdered juice, vegetables for dried soup mixes, spices, fruits for breakfast cereals, powdered milk and more. Militaries and space programs use dried foods as rations, and campers or hikers appreciate their compact and lightweight nature.

Though there are differences, food dryers are often mistakenly called food dehydrators. Dried food loses approximately 75% of its water content and remains soft and pliable, whereas dehydrated food reduces its moisture content by about 98%, resulting in a shriveled and brittle product with a longer shelf life. Industrial food dryers are also frequently interchangeably called dehydrators, in part because dehydration can take place if left in the dryer for longer periods of time at higher temperatures. There are three main ways of drying food: in the oven, by the sun and through a food dryer machine or appliance. Food dryers themselves use a number of techniques to achieve the final result, including spray, freeze, tray, belt and bin drying. Spray drying uses a jet of hot steam to instantly dry any moisture on a food particle. Freeze drying lowers the temperature in order to freeze a substance then allows sublimation to occur, consequently drying it. Tray drying usually occurs in dollies, or racks on wheels. Items are placed on trays and slid into shelving units. The door is closed, the temperature raised and, as time passes, the food dries. Depending on the heat flow, some trays may have to be rotated to ensure equal heat penetration. Belt dryers have a modular design where the humidity, air flow and temperature can be controlled in zones. Bin dryers, however, provide a more consistent product because each bin is separately and individually controlled.

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