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Juniper Zen
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I built a solar dehydrator with stainless steel screens earlier this year. I've been using it with apples and peaches so far. The last batch of peaches got burnt and really stuck to the screen. What's the best way to clean off burnt peach gunk?
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If it's stainless steel - soak them in water
 
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I don't have a wide enough pan or tub to submerge them. X)
 
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Juniper Zen wrote:I don't have a wide enough pan or tub to submerge them. X)


Just sandwich the screen between some wet rags/towels and keep them wet...should soak off quickly I'd think.
I'm wondering how hot your solar dehydrator gets to 'burn' things?
 
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Duh, why didn't I think of that?!

The temperature here has been in the high 90s, with low humidity. I'm still figuring out how to get things just right. These peach slices came out blackened but the thicker spots were still moist. On the bright side, they still taste great even when they're black!
 
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Juniper Zen wrote:Duh, why didn't I think of that?!

The temperature here has been in the high 90s, with low humidity. I'm still figuring out how to get things just right. These peach slices came out blackened but the thicker spots were still moist. On the bright side, they still taste great even when they're black!


I think I've had to do something like that before...could only remember the wet towel part though not what I was removing...

Dried peaches sound wonderful...any dried fruit even, concentrates the flavor and sweetness so nice. 

I suppose 'too hot' is a good problem to have for a dehydrator rather than too cool...should be possible to control with ventilation?
 
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You want solar heat to dry your produce, not so much direct sunlight.  Maybe shading the produce during the hottest part of the day is worth trying.
 
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If my eyes aren't deceiving me, that looks like the Walk solar dehydrator?  I think they suggest using some shading if your temps start to get too high.  In your climate I'm imagining that could often be needed.  On the bright side, you could probably dehydrate meat in a day if you needed.

I just built one and it works very well. 

For those who don't know, this dehydrator doesn't let sunlight hit the food, just radiant heat and airflow...
 
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Yes, it is the kind with a black painted surface over the dehydrating area, to create heat but no direct sunlight. I will try putting shade cloth over it next time, if temperatures are high.
 
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