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dehydrator - food sticks to stainless steel

post #1 of 4
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I am dehydrating meat on stainless steel trays and the food sticks to the trays.  We plan to package these and use them as a fundraiser for a pet adoption group.

 

The two options I can think of to stop the stickiness are:

  1. Spray trays with vegetable oil
  2. Place a nonstick mesh screen under the meat and on top of the steel tray

 

I would prefer to avoid using a mesh, and instead use the stainless steel trays with oil, but I don't know how using oil will affect shelf life.

 

I have looked through books on food science and dehydration but have not learned how oil might affect the shelf life.

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 4

There is a release spray specifically for dehydrators but a light coat of spray oil should be fine. Can always lay the dried foods on a paper towel for a bit before packaging to absorb any excess oil.

post #3 of 4

Just  spray with pam

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I have heard of Peel Ease but do not know what is in it.

 

The University of Missouri extension office suggests applying oil, dehydrating, and then wiping off the oil at the conclusion, which seems reasonable.

 

Thanks.
 

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