Harbor Freight Tools 5 Tier Food Dehydrator Product manual

Owner’s Manual & Safety Instructions
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SPECIFICATIONS
Electrical Requirements 120 V~, 60 Hz, 125 W
Safety
Cord Length
3’ 5" Long
Overall Dimensions
12-7/8" Dia. x 12" H
Weight
4.21 lb.
Features: 1 Vented See-Through Lid
5 Adjustable Removable Trays
HOUSEHOLD USE ONLY
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Setup
READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL
INSTRUCTIONS
When using electrical appliances, basic
safety precautions should always be
followed including the following:
1. Read all instructions.
2. Do not touch hot surfaces. Use handles or knobs.
Operation
3. To protect against electrical shock do not
immerse cord, plugs, or the main unit in water
or other liquid. Only the Top Lid (1), Lid (2), the
five Food Trays (3), and anything else that may
touch the food, may be immersed for cleaning.
Thoroughly clean and dry these parts prior to
first use and before every subsequent use.
4. Close supervision is necessary when any
appliance is used by or near children.
5. Unplug from outlet when not in use and
before cleaning. Allow to cool before
putting on or taking off parts.
6. Do not operate any appliance with a damaged
cord or plug or after the appliance malfunctions
or has been damaged in any manner.
12. Do not use appliance for other
than intended use.
13. This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade
is wider than the other). This plug will fit in a
polarized outlet only one way. To reduce the
risk of electric shock, this plug is intended to
fit into a polarized outlet only one way. If the
plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the
plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified
electrician. Do not change the plug in any way.
14. Maintain labels and nameplates on
the Dehydrator. These carry important
information. If unreadable or missing, contact
Harbor Freight Tools for a replacement.
15. Use personal safety devices, they reduce
the risk for injury. Always wear oven
mittens when handling hot cookware.
16. Maintain a safe working environment. Keep the
work area well lit. Make sure there is adequate
surrounding workspace. Always keep the work
area free of obstructions and other debris. Do
not use this product in a damp or wet location.
17. Do not use metal utensils with the Dehydrator.
They may cause fire and the risk of electric shock.
Maintenance
7. The use of accessory attachments
not recommended by the appliance
manufacturer may cause injuries.
18. Do not operate the Dehydrator near draperies,
curtains, and walls. These flammable materials
may catch fire from this electric appliance.
8. Do not use outdoors.
19. Always unplug the Dehydrator from its
electrical outlet and allow the product to cool
completely before performing any inspection,
maintenance, or cleaning procedures.
9. Do not let cord hang over edge of table
or counter, or touch hot surfaces.
10. Do not place on or near a hot gas or
electric burner, or in a heated oven.
11. Extreme caution must be used
when moving an appliance.
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20. Do not clean with metal scouring pads.
Metal pieces can break off the pads and touch
electrical parts involving risk of shock.
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22. Keep bystanders and children at a distance
while operating the Dehydrator.
23. Do not immerse electrical components in water.
24. Do not use oil sprays on the trays.
25. The warnings, precautions, and instructions
discussed in this instruction manual cannot
cover all possible conditions and situations
that may occur. It must be understood by the
operator that common sense and caution are
factors which cannot be built into this product,
but must be supplied by the operator.
26. WARNING: The cord of this product contains
lead and/or di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP),
chemicals known to the State of California
to cause cancer, and birth defects or other
reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
(California Health & Safety Code § 25249.5, et seq.)
Safety
21. Do not store anything other than the
manufacturer’s recommended accessories
in this unit when not in use.
Power Cord Safety
2. Longer extension cords are available and may
be used if care is exercised in their use.
3. If a long extension cord is used,
a. the marked electrical rating of the
(detachable power supply cord or) extension
cord should be at least as great as the
electrical rating of the appliance,
b. if the appliance is of the grounded
type, the extension cord should be a
grounding type 3-wire cord, and
Maintenance
c. the longer cord should be arranged so that it will
not drape over the counter top or tabletop where
it can be pulled on by children or tripped over.
Operation
1. A short power supply cord is provided
to reduce risks resulting from becoming
entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.
Setup
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Lid (2)
Food Trays (3)
Safety
Bottom (8)
Setup
Power Cord (5)
Note: For additional information regarding the
parts listed in the following pages, refer to the
Assembly Diagram at the end of this manual.
Note: Before using, wash the Lid (2) and
the five Food Trays (3) in hot, soapy water,
taking care to rinse completely. Dry with a soft
cloth. Wipe the base with a soft clean cloth or
sponge. NEVER IMMERSE BASE, CORD OR
PLUG IN WATER OR ANY OTHER LIQUID.
Operation
1. Before using, make sure the
Dehydrator unit is unplugged.
2. Clean all parts before assembling. Always wash
the Food Trays (3) and Lid (2) before each
use. This will prevent food contamination.
3. Place the base assembly on a flat, smooth
surface near an electrical outlet.
4. Prepare, pre-treat, and/or pre-cook the food to
be used in the Dehydrator. Preparation depends
on the type of food to be dried. Some food will need
to have the outer layer peeled before dehydration.
Pre-treating: Fruits and Vegetables
Maintenance
The enzymes that are responsible for color, flavor
and texture, change during the life of the produce.
This process will continue during drying and
storage unless the activity is slowed down. The
following information offers some methods which
you may choose to use to impact this process.
a. Blanching:
Plunge the fruit or vegetables into boiling
water for one or two minutes. Place
in ice water to cool. Blot to remove
excess moisture before drying.
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b. Steam Blanch:
Use steam for about four (4) minutes and
then place in ice water to cool. Blot to
remove excess moisture before drying.
c. Fruit Dip:
Plunge the fruit into lemon or pineapple juice
for two to three minutes. Blot and place
on the tray. You may also use lime
juice, orange juice, honey or gelatin.
d. Sodium Bisulfate:
Use a USP (United States Pharmacopeia)
grade of this solution. Dissolve one teaspoon
in one quart of water. This will help to
maintain the food’s natural color. Blot to
remove excess moisture before drying.
Precooking: Meat
WARNING! This unit is to be used only on meat that
has been pre-cooked properly. This unit will NOT
heat raw meats enough to kill the bacteria and other
pathogens present. Steam, roast, or otherwise heat
all pieces of meat to an internal temperature of at least
160° F (165° F for poultry). Refer to the USDA’s website
for additional food safety tips: http://www.fsis.usda.
gov/Fact_Sheets/Jerky_and_Food_Safety/index.asp
5. More than one type of food may be placed on
each tray. However, do not mix meat and fruits/
vegetables on the same tray or place a tray
with meat over a tray with fruits/vegetables.
Do not overlap food or overload trays.
Note: When the unit is plugged in, it’s warming
element will constantly be on. When you are
finished, unplug the unit to turn it off.
6. After the food is arranged on a tray, do not place
on the base yet. STACK UP AND SET ASIDE.
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8. Place the stacked trays on the base. Cover
the top tray with the Lid (2). Allow the food to
dry for the chosen length of time. Drying time
depends on the type of food. Consult recipes for
various food drying techniques; follow beef*,
poultry*, or fish jerky* drying recipes very
carefully. Experimenting with different foods will
help you determine the length of time needed
for various foods. Purchasing recipe books (not
available at Harbor Freight Tools) or checking
on the Web for free recipes are good sources.
9. Check the food periodically before the dehydration
period is complete. Check for desired dryness.
Remove individual pieces and store in containers
or food bags. For food that is not quite done,
leave in the Dehydrator but check frequently.
10. Vents in the lid and base maintain proper circulation
while dehydrating. Do not block vents during
operation, as this will interfere with proper airflow.
11. Store all food that is not going to be eaten within
a day or two in the refrigerator or freezer. Be sure
to use freezer-proof storage containers or freezer
bags. Seal tightly. Properly home-dried jerky
can be stored 1 to 2 months without freezing.
12. When finished using the Dehydrator, unplug the unit.
13. WASH THE FOOD TRAYS (3) AND LID (2)
AFTER EACH USE. Wipe any food particles
from the base. Make sure the trays and
cover are completely dry before stacking the
trays back in the unit and storing away.
Safety
7. Plug the unit into an electrical wall outlet, and allow
the unit to preheat for approximately 5 minutes.
Drying times will change according to the humidity of the air, the temperature of the room, and the moisture content
of the food item being dried. You will need to experiment with small portions first to become familiar with the time it
will take to dry your chosen food item. Below are some general guidelines for some foods which are commonly dried.
Use this table only as a guide, as drying times will vary.
Done When Food Is:
Estimated Drying Time
Apples
Pliable
1-2 Days
Apricots
Pliable
2-3 Days
Bananas
Crisp
1 -1.5 Days
Orange Rind
Brittle
1 -1.5 Days
Peaches
Pliable and Leathery
2-3 Days
Watermelon
Pliable and Sticky
2-3 Days
Artichoke Hearts
Brittle
1-1.5 Days
Beets
Deep Red and Brittle
1-2 Days
Carrots
Leathery
1-2 Days
Corn
Brittle
1-2 Days
Pumpkin
Leathery
2 Days
Tomatoes
Leathery
1.5-3 Days
Leathery
1-2 Days
Meat*, Poultry*, or Fish* Jerky
marinate and thoroughly precook (see page 4) first
*
Operation
Food
Setup
Suggested Drying Times
WARNING! This unit is to be used on meat only if it has been precooked to at
least 160° F (165* F for poultry) throughout first. This unit will NOT heat raw
meats enough to kill the bacteria and other pathogens present.
1. Swap trays every 2-4 hours as shown in
“Figure A”. Trays near the bottom are hotter
and food on them will dry more rapidly.
2. Turn each tray a 1/4 turn every
time they are swapped.
BASE
START
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LID
LID
LID
1
5
3
2
4
2
3
3
1
4
2
5
5
1
BASE
ROTATE
Figure A
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BASE
ROTATE
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Maintenance
Swapping the Trays
INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, AND CLEANING
1.
Safety
WARNING! Make sure the Dehydrator is
unplugged from its electrical outlet and allowed
to cool before performing any inspection,
maintenance, or cleaning procedures.
2. BEFORE EACH USE, inspect the general
condition of the Dehydrator. Check for loose
screws, misalignment or binding of moving parts,
cracked or broken parts, damaged electrical
wiring, and any other condition that may affect
its safe operation. If abnormal noise or vibration
occurs, have the problem corrected before
further use. Do not use damaged equipment.
4. Clean the outside of the Dehydrator with
a clean, damp cloth. Never use abrasive
cleaners; they will damage the unit. You may
use a mild detergent. Never submerge the
outer base, or any other part not mentioned in
number 3 above, in water or any other liquid.
5. Remove residue. Then, wipe with a damp cloth.
Allow it to dry completely before reusing. You
must keep the Bottom (8) free from any foreign
objects or the Dehydrator will not operate properly.
Note: Improper cooking may cause unpleasant
odors while using the Dehydrator.
3. After each use, wash the Top Lid (2) and the
Food Trays (3) in hot, soapy water, taking care
to rinse completely. Dry with a soft cloth.
Setup
Operation
Maintenance
Record Product’s Serial Number Here:
Note: If product has no serial number, record month and year of purchase instead.
Note: Some parts are listed and shown for illustration purposes only,
and are not available individually as replacement parts.
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Parts List and Diagram
THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR HAS PROVIDED THE PARTS LIST AND ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM
IN THIS MANUAL AS A REFERENCE TOOL ONLY. NEITHER THE MANUFACTURER OR DISTRIBUTOR
MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND TO THE BUYER THAT HE OR SHE IS
QUALIFIED TO MAKE ANY REPAIRS TO THE PRODUCT, OR THAT HE OR SHE IS QUALIFIED TO REPLACE
ANY PARTS OF THE PRODUCT. IN FACT, THE MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR EXPRESSLY
STATES THAT ALL REPAIRS AND PARTS REPLACEMENTS SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY CERTIFIED AND
LICENSED TECHNICIANS, AND NOT BY THE BUYER. THE BUYER ASSUMES ALL RISK AND LIABILITY
ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER REPAIRS TO THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT OR REPLACEMENT PARTS
THERETO, OR ARISING OUT OF HIS OR HER INSTALLATION OF REPLACEMENT PARTS THERETO.
Part
1
2
3
4
5
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Description
Top Lid
Lid
Food Tray
Button
Power Cord
Support
Heating Element
Bottom
Qty.
1
1
5
1
1
4
1
1
Setup
1
Safety
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY
Operation
3
Maintenance
7
8
5
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and warrants to the original purchaser that this product is free from defects in materials and workmanship for the
period of 90 days from the date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to damage due directly or indirectly,
to misuse, abuse, negligence or accidents, repairs or alterations outside our facilities, criminal activity, improper
installation, normal wear and tear, or to lack of maintenance. We shall in no event be liable for death, injuries
to persons or property, or for incidental, contingent, special or consequential damages arising from the use of
our product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the
above limitation of exclusion may not apply to you. THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER
WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS.
To take advantage of this warranty, the product or part must be returned to us with transportation charges
prepaid. Proof of purchase date and an explanation of the complaint must accompany the merchandise.
If our inspection verifies the defect, we will either repair or replace the product at our election or we may
elect to refund the purchase price if we cannot readily and quickly provide you with a replacement. We will
return repaired products at our expense, but if we determine there is no defect, or that the defect resulted
from causes not within the scope of our warranty, then you must bear the cost of returning the product.
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