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Dehydrator Air Flow: Vertical vs. Horizontal



Using a food dehydrator for making jerky – or drying other foods, i.e., fruits, veggies, is great since you know your foods are organic,  free from additives and preservatives. But did you know that depending on the dehydrator you use, the flow of air may be either vertical or horizontal? and that this air flow may determine how the food being dehydrated processes?

While we’ve looked at dehydrators before, we’re going to take a quick look at what to consider with particular attention to air flow.

For dehydrators using a vertical flow of air (coming up from the bottom), the lower trays/racks will dehydrate more rapidly than food on upper trays/racks nearer the top. This may be an advantage if you limit your trays to 4 or under or if you are in a hurry. However, if you are using multiple trays/racks (more than 4), the food products placed on the upper trays may not be fully processed. Attention to processing should be maintained so that the foods on the bottom do not over-dehydrate to compensate for the items on the top finishing their cycle.

For dehydrators using horizontal air flow, you can expect items to process uniformly. The only disadvantage, if you can call it that, is that it may take longer for the dehydrating process.

There is a wide variety of dehydrators on the market in both categories, however, if you are on a budget, you may be willing to forgo some features, i.e., thermostat, timer, etc. to save a few dollars.

For reference, both the Waring Pro  and the Presto Dehydrator  have vertical air flow [1]. While the Nesco Dehydrator  and Excalibur Dehydrator  have horizontal flow.

In addition to air flow and cost, other considerations when purchasing a dehydrator might be:

  • Overall shape of the dehydrator – round or square
  • Temperature range
  • Maximum number of trays it can hold
  • Wattage

To see some of the most popular dehydrators available on Amazon in a budget-friendly price range, visit this link.




Road Kill ?

No we’re not going to be making jerky from road kill – but we are going to take a detour  and look at a program called Rkill. Why? Because for the last several days I’ve had all kinds of problems with my computer thanks to malware . . . in spite of the fact that I have a paid malware program installed.

It is a shame that we have to deal with these kinds of issues but when they pop-up it is good to know some place to go to get programs that may possibly help.

For me, using four (4) programs from a website called Bleeping Computer helped. The programs I used were:

  1. RKill
  2. AdwareCleaner
  3. TDSSKiller
  4. Junk Ware Removal Tool

To use these or see other programs available, go to Bleeping  and look for the Download tab.





From there you can search for programs that might help. If you want to join in on the BC Forum you’ll need to become a member – but it’s Free!

What do you do???

When downloading programs, use the ‘Save As’ option and save to your Desktop.

From the Desktop, you can double click the icon to run the program or if you are having trouble getting that to work, right click the desktop icon once and select the option to ‘Run as Administrator’.

Note: When you click the program name, you’ll see all the information relating to the program and also be given options as to where to download from. I always chose Download Now @BleepingComputer for my download.


Give the program time when running. Some of them took longer than I expected. Once the results were given, I printed them out in case I wanted to go back and review what had been removed.

Once all programs have been run, restart the computer.

For myself, I’m running my malware program daily for a few days just to be sure.

Disclaimer: While these programs worked for us, you will have to decide if you want to take the risk of giving permission and using any of the programs on your own computer. The decision is solely yours.


road_kill_xHope some may find  this helpful, and next time we’ll be taking a look at jerky stuff – but in the meantime for the top seasonings and marinades that would probably make even roadkill taste good, visit this page – Jerky Seasonings – Mild to HOT.




Jerky Facts

Lots to be said for jerky and according to some reports, seems it is experiencing a resurgence not only here in the states but also around and out of this world. There are always lots of lists expressing opinions[1], and the five (5) below are our top five favorites:

  1. Been around since circa 1550 (South America)
  2. Loses 2/3 of weight during drying
  3. Eaten by astronauts in outer space since 1996
  4. Enjoyed in Rome with wine
  5. $2.5 billion a year in product sales (WOW !!!!  guess that’s why we see so many different brands of jerky for sale everywhere)
Top 10 Foods with Protein

Protein is an important part of any balanced diet and if you want to increase your protein but limit your jerky intake due to the sodium content, try one of the following  foods that are high in protein. [2]


  1. Fish
  2. Seafood
  3. Skinless, white-meat poultry
  4. Lean beef (including tenderloin, sirloin, eye of round)
  5. Skim or low-fat milk
  6. Skim or low-fat yogurt
  7. Fat-free or low-fat cheese
  8. Eggs
  9. Lean pork (tenderloin)
  10. Beans