FOR YOUR SAFETY - PLEASE READ THIS!
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) States the Following:
"Illnesses due to Salmonella and E.Coli O157:H7 from homemade jerky raises questions about the safety of traditional drying methods for making beef and venison jerky. The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline's current recommendation for making jerky safely is to heat meat to 160 °F and poultry to 165 °F before the drying (dehydrating) process. This step makes sure that any bacteria present will be destroyed by wet heat. But most dehydrator instructions do not include this step and a dehydrator may not reach temperatures high enough to heat meat to 160 °F or poultry to 165 °F."
"The danger in dehydrating meat and poultry without cooking it to a safe temperature first is that the appliance will not heat the meat to 160 °F and poultry to 165 °F - temperatures at which bacteria will be destroyed."
Most Dehydrators sold in the USA and other Countries have a Maximum Drying Temperature of 155 °F with a few of them Topping Out at 160 °F, but Very Few have a Maximum Drying Temperature of 165 °F like this dehydrator does.
Our STX Dehydra 1200W-XLS Food Dehydrator has a Temperature Range of 97 °F to 165 °F which makes this Dehydrator as "JERKY SAFE" as Possible for those of you who do not take the time to Preheat your Meat & Poultry to the USDA's Suggested Temperatures.
The STX DEHYDRA™ 1200W-XLS (1200 Watts of Dehydrating Power) Stainless Steel Multi Sectional Commercial Grade 10 Tray "Jerky Safe" Food Dehydrator
This Dehydrator comes is 2 Different Sections (Front & Back Sections) that you can Take Apart in about 10 Seconds and or Lock Together in about 10 Seconds. The Front (Dehydrating) Section measures 16.5" in Width x 14.5" in Height x 15.5" in Depth. This is the part of the unit where the 10 Drying Trays fit in to Dehydrate your Foods. The Back (Power, Heat & Control) Section measures 16.5" in Width x 14.5" in Height x 4.5" in Depth. When Full Assembled, the Total Unit measures 16.5" in Width x 14.5" in Height x 20.0" in Depth. Due to this Feature, you can take both parts of the unit apart and it makes the whole Dehydrator Much Easier to Clean. In fact, you could even clean the Front Dehydrating Section and Stainless Steel Racks by using a Pressure Washer (on a Lower PSI) or your Garden Hose if you wanted. You, of course, could not do this to the Back Section as it has the Electric Motor, Fan and Controls in it, but it is Highly Suggested that you Blow this Section with Air (on a Lower PSI) on occasion as a lot of dust accumulates around the motor and fan. You will want to keep this part of the Dehydrator clean so it does not get clogged with dust and Overheat.
Product Size & Placement - Important
The STX Dehydra 1200W-XLS is a Large Dehydrator and weighs 32 Lbs. The Size of this Total Unit is 16.5" in Width x 14.5" in Height x 20.0" in Depth (as mentioned above) so PLEASE CHECK wherever you plan on using it in your home Before You Buy It! IMPORTANT: This Dehydrator show be "At Least" 12 Inches away from Any Wall during operation to allow for Proper Air Circulation. DO NOT Block the Air Vents on the Front of the Dehydrator or the Air Intake Screen on the Back of the Dehydrator. If you do this, the product may Overheat and Blow and Internal Safety Fuse and you will have to Reset It.
Lastly, this Dehydrator is ETL Approved. UL and ETL are both Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL's). UL Develops the Testing Standards and Tests to them. ETL Tests to UL Standards. These two marks Guarantee the Safety of the Product.
Overview of Product
The STX Dehydra Model 1200W-XLS is an Extra Large Stainless Steel Commercial Grade Food & Jerky Dehydrator with 10 Each 100% Stainless Steel Drying Racks that Measure 16" Wide x 14.5" Deep. This equals 232 Square Inches (1.61 Square Feet) of Drying Area per Rack. With 10 Racks Included with this unit, the Total Amount of Drying Area for dehydrating your Food or Jerky is 2320 Square Inches of 16.11 Square Feet. The 10 Drying Racks are Manufacture from 304 Grade Stainless Steel (NOT Chrome Plated) and the Square Holes in the Racks are 3/8" x 3/8" which accommodate almost any size of Fruit, Vegetable or Jerky that you wish to dehydrate.
Dehydrating Power & Air Flow
This Dehydrator also Features 1200 Watts of Dehydrating/Heating Power with 7 Preset Heat Temperatures that Range from 97 °F to 165 °F ( 36 °C to 74 °C). This unit is, what is commonly referred to, as a Horizontal Air-Flow Food Dehydrator as it is powered by a Rear Mounted Motor with a 7" Fan Blade that Blows the Hot Air Forward towards all of the food you are drying on the racks. Also Included is a Stainless Steel Drip Tray that Measures 16" x 14.5" that slides into the bottom of the Front Drying Section. You will Love this Drip Tray as it makes Clean Up a Snap!
Digital Control Panel with 7 Preset Temperatures
The Control Panel on the top of this unit is 100% Digital and has a 15 Hour Shut Off Timer. The Time Setting, which shows on an LCD Screen, which can be programmed in 5 Minute Intervals, is controlled by Up & Down Buttons and Shuts Off Automatically when the Timer reaches "0". There are 7 Preset Temperatures on the Control Panel along with a Dehydrating Guide that shows what Suggested Temperatures you should use for Different Fruits, Vegetables, Foods, Meats, Etc. The Following is the Temperatures of the 7 Preset Buttons: 97 °F (36 °C) - 108 °F (42 °C) - 120 °F (49 °C) - 131 °F (55 °C) - 143 °F (61 °C) - 154 °F (68 °C) and 165 °F (74 °C).
Note that there is No Real Exact Temperature Standard for Dehydrating Herbs, Vegetables, Fruits, Etc., but we highly Suggest that anytime you dehydrate Jerky to set the Preset at 165 °F (74 °C). The amount of time it takes to dehydrate any type of food can be affected by room temperature, relative humidity, moisture levels in the food you are drying and the thickness you slice or cut the food to dehydrate. To become proficient at dehydrating, it will be necessary to experiment with your drying techniques.
Drying Racks & Drip Tray
10 Each Drying Racks that Measure 16" Wide x 14.5" Deep are included with this Dehydrator and this equals 232 Square Inches (1.61 Square Feet) of Drying Areas per Rack. With the 10 Racks included, the Total Amount of Drying Area for dehydrating your Food or Jerky is 2320 Square Inches or 16.11 Square Feet . The 10 Drying Racks are Manufactured from 304 Grade Stainless Steel (NOT Chrome Coated) and the Square Holes in the Racks are 3/8" x 3/8" which will accommodate almost any sized Fruit, Vegetable or Jerky that you wish to dehydrate without Fall Through the Rack
Also Included is a Stainless Steel Drip Tray that Measures 16" Wide x 14.5" Deep and this Tray slides into the bottom of the Front Drying Section. You will Love this Drip Tray as it makes Clean Up a Snap!
The "Dehydrating Made Easy" Cookbook
The STX "Dehydrating Made Easy" Cookbook is also Included with our Dehydrator. This Cookbook is loaded with 126 Pages of over 270 Dehydrating Recipes. It also Includes General Drying Temperatures, Shelf Life Comparisons, a Fruit Drying Guide, a Vegetable Drying Guide and a List of What is in Season during the Year.
It also Includes Recipes on How to Make/Dehydrate Fruit Leathers, Fruit Snacks, Granola & Trail Mix, Herbs & Spices, Marinades & Dressings for Meat & Jerky, Vegetables and Much More. There is even some Great Pet Food & Snack Recipes.
This Cookbook comes in a CD (PDF) Format, but if you don't have a CD Drive, it is also downloadable from this website and information on how to do this is included in the instructions. Whether you are an expert or a novice at dehydrating, we are Certain you will find this Cookbook a Valuable Addition to this product.
The Following are some Recipes you will find in this Cookbook
Strawberry Banana Crackers
Great Tasting Kiwi Chips
Basil Garlic Cashew Cheese Spread
Peach & Banana Fruit Leather
Homemade Sour Watermelon Gummies
Lemon Pecan Banana Chips
Apple Oatmeal Granola
Spicy Orange Teriyaki Marinade (for Jerky)
Herb & Garlic Hamburger Jerky
Fish Delight Treat (for your Cat)
Plus Pages & Pages of How to Dehydrate "ANY" Type of Fruit/Vegetable or make Any Kind of Jerky
The STX Dehydra 1200W-XLS Package Includes:
The STX Dehydra 1200W-XLS Specifications:
Model Number: STX-DEH-1200W-XLS
UPC Code: 892198000265
Voltage: 110/120 Volts - 60 Hz (NO 220 Volt Available)
Wattage: 1200 Watts
15 Hour Shut Off Timer - Programmable in 5 Minute Increments
Dehydrating Temperatures of 97 °F to 165 °F ( 36 °C to 74 °C) - 7 Preset Heat Temperature Settings
10 - Each Stainless Steel 16" Wide x 14.5" Deep Drying Racks with 1/4 Inch "Square" Holes
Total Drying Area on All 10 Trays: 2,302 Square Inches or 16.11 Square Feet
Spacing Between Drying Racks: 1 Inch between Racks when All 10 of them are inserted into the Dehydrator
Dimensions of Unit: (Set Up and Ready to Use): 16.5" Wide x 14.5" High x 20" Deep
Weight of Unit with All Trays Inserted: 38 Lbs.
Shipping Weight of Unit: 41 Lbs.
Dimensions of Shipping Box/Package: 23.00" Long x 20.00 Wide x 20.00 High