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kogan 10 Tray Food Dehydrator with Timer KA10DHDTIMA Manual

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kogan 10 Tray Food Dehydrator with Timer User Manual


Please handle this product with care and inspect it regularly to ensure it is in good working order.
If the product, power supply cord or plug shows any signs of damage: stop use, unplug and contact Kogan.com support.

Safety and Warnings

  • Do not touch hot surfaces or allow them to come into contact with flammable materials. Use handles or knobs.
  • Do not immerse the cord, the plug or the base of the dehydrator in water or other liquid. Do not wash the appliance in sink or dishwasher.
  • This appliance should not be used by or near children. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Unplug from outlet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow to cool before putting on or taking off parts.
  • Do not operate this appliance if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly or if it has been damaged or dropped. If the supply cord is damaged, cease use immediately and contact Kogan.com.
  • The use of accessory attachments other than those supplied or recommended by the manufacturer may cause hazards and can void your warranty.
  • Arrange cord so that it cannot be caught or tripped over. Do not allow cord to hang over edge of table or counter. Keep cord away from hot surfaces.
  • This appliance is for indoor, household use only. Do not use appliance outdoors or other than as described in this manual.
  • To disconnect, turn the control to “OFF” before removing the plug from the outlet.
  • Operate the dehydrator only in a clean, dust-free area. Dust and dirt can be drawn into the dehydrator and can contaminate the food being dried.
  • Make sure the appliance and all controls are in OFF position before inserting plug in electrical outlet.
  • Do not place the dehydrator on a towel or carpet. This will reduce or cut off the dehydrator’s airflow and could result in damage to the appliance.
  • Always leave at least 32cm of space around the dehydrator on all sides for proper ventilation.
  • To clean the heating base, unplug from wall outlet and wipe with damp cloth or sponge and mild soap. Do not immerse base or cord in water. Top lid and trays may be submerged in warm water and washed with mild soap or washed in TOP rack of dishwasher only. Heat from the drying cycle can warp trays which is not covered by warranty.
  • Before each time you operate your food dehydrator, be sure to wash and dry the trays and any other parts which will contact the food.
  • Only use the appliance on a suitable heat-resistant surface to avoid damage.


Before first use

Read the manual in full and retain for future reference.

Preparing for use

  • Place the dehydrator on a flat, dry, stable and heat-protected surface. Ensure there is at least 3cm of clearance in all directions to allow proper ventilation.
  • For best results, run the dehydrator for 45 minutes at 32°C for remove moisture from appliance before cooking.
  • Prepare food according to the instructions given in this manual and fill the drying trays. NEVER cover the centre hole in the trays or the vents on the top lid.
  • Before you begin preparing your food, wash and dry the trays, the lid and the tray liners, if they are to be used. Place dehydrator base where you intend to use it for the dehydration process and insure electrical cord reaches an outlet in a safe manner. This way, as you prepare the food, you can place it right on the trays. As a tray is filled, it can be placed on the dehydrator for easy setup.
  • Before loading the trays with food, it is a good idea to make sure that they are all aligned fight-side up by stacking them up in one place near the preparation area. The narrow side of the tray always is the top. Trays have alignment arrows cast into the handle. The arrow (as seen below) should all be visible on the top of the tray handles. Improperly stacked trays will negatively affect the drying process.
  • Once the trays are all right-side up you can stack them in two different ways. Depending on their orientation to each other, they can be set for thick or thin foods. To change the stacking height simply rotate a tray 180 degrees to change whether it is tall or short stacked. Refer to the two photos below to identify the difference between these two heights.
  • Any combination of stacking can be used to accommodate the foods being dried. An example would be some short tray stacking for banana chips and some tall stacking for large strawberry halves. When properly stacked, trays will be locked into each other whether tall stacked or short stacked and in any combination there of.


How to use

  1. Set up as per the previous “Setup” section and plug into an electrical outlet.
  2. To set the Temperature, turn the knob to the appropriate temperature.
  3. To adjust the Time, press the Select button: the digital display will flash.
  4. Set the Hours with the arrow buttons, up to 40 hours.
  5. Press Select again and set the minutes with the arrow buttons.
  6. The display will show Time setting: press Select again to confirm.
  7. Press Start to begin dehydration process.
  8. Using oven mitts, slide the dehydrator trays out of the unit and load the product to be dehydrated onto the trays. For best results, do not overlap the product and be sure to leave space between the items to allow for maximum air circulation.
  9. Using both hands for maximum stability, slide the dehydrator trays back into the unit.
  10. Set the temperature by turning the knob on the top of the unit.
  11. Note: Moisture may collect on surface of the food. This should be blotted off with a paper towel.

Consult the various tables at the end of this manual to get an idea as to when food is properly dehydrated and ready to be stored.

Storing Food

Once food is properly dried, it is important to store it properly for best results. By following these storage techniques, your food will stay fresh and ready to use for the longest time possible.


Any container which is clean, airtight and moisture-proof is suitable for storage. Heavy, zippered plastic bags or heat-sealing cooking bags are excellent. Fill each bag as much as possible and squeeze out excess air. Filled bags may be placed in metal cans with lids (shortening or coffee cans are good) to keep out insects. Glass jars with tight-fitting lids can be used with or without plastic bags. Quality plastic containers with tight-fitting lids are good but they must be airtight. Do not use paper or cloth bags, lightweight plastic bags, bread wrappers, or any container without a tight-fitting lid.


Symptom Possible Cause Steps to Resolve
No Heat
No ran
No power 1. Be sure unit IS plugged In. 2. Make sure power switch is on. 3. Check that outlet Is working.
No Heat
Broken wire in unit Contact Kogan Support
Heat-OK No Fan Motor stalled or fan blocked
  1. Turn off immediately.
  2. Chock for foreign objects (pieces of dried food) jamming fan. Turn base assembly upside down and shako vigorously. Turn unit on side and shake particles out. If fan still doesn’t operate, contact Kogan Support.
  3. If liquid has been spilled Into the air vents or the fan housing, unplug immediately and contact Kogan Support.
Slow drying
  • Trays overfilled
  • Fan jammed or running too slowly
  • Air leaks due to warped or improperly stacked trays
  1. Air must flow freely around for proper drying. Reduce quantity in trays or rearrange food.
  2. Check for foreign objects jamming fan (see <Heat-OK, No Fan> above).
  3. Fan motor running slow. Contact Kogan Support.
  4. Replace warped trays. NOTE: The heat during drying cycle on most dishwashers may warp the drying trays.
  5. Re-stack trays properly.
Uneven drying
  • Variation in food thickness and ripeness
  • Trays not rotated
  • Too much food in drying trays.
  1. Check that food is similar thickness.
  2. Rotate trays once or twice during dehydration process.
  3. Check that food on trays is not blocking air flow through tray stack. Make sure central chimney of tray is not obstructed.
Overheating or insufficient heat Temperature control not functioning at proper range Temperature in the lowest tray should be approximately 60°C with empty trays in place. If temperature varies significantly, adjust accordingly higher or lower or contact Kogan Support.
Noisy Fan / Motor Foreign matter in fan Motor bearing worn
  1. Check for foreign objects jamming fan (see <Heat-OK, No Fan> above).
  2. Contact Kogan Support.

Food Dehydration Tips and Ideas

Here are some tips and suggestions to get started on food dehydration:

  • Fruit and vegetable peel is often the most healthful part of the food. It is best not to peel fruits and vegetables unless a recipe specifically calls for it.
  • As much as possible, slice food evenly and with wide, diagonal cuts so that the food dries best and most evenly.
  • Vegetables can be pre-treated by steaming until slightly tender.
  • Green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes and peas can be blanched by placing in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
  • You can make cheap and delicious fruit leathers with the dehydrator. Simply wash, remove pits/seeds as necessary and skin according to taste and puree, adding liquid (honey, fruit juice or water) to produce a suitable texture.
  • Lean meat can be used for dried meat or jerky. White meat must always be cooked and other meats should be cooked unless being made into jerky.

To make jerky:

  • Choose a high-quality cut of beef.
  • Prepare by cutting away fat and connective tissue.
  • Freeze partially (30 minutes one side, turn and freeze another 15).
  • Cut into strips about 3-5mm thick.
  • Marinate overnight or for upwards of 3 hours.
  • Season with salt, pepper, garlic/onion powder or other spices to taste.
  • Note that flavours intensify during dehydration, so use strong flavours like salt sparingly.

Food Preparation Tables

Vegetable Preparation Dryness Teat Approx. Time (hra)
Artichokes Cut into 1/2 inch strips. Boil about 10 minutes brittle 6 to 14
Asparagus Cut into 1-inch pieces. Tips yield better product brittle 6 to 14
Beans Cut and steam blanch until translucent brittle 8 to 26
Beets Blanch, cool, remove tops and roots. Slice brittle 8 to 26
Brussel Sprout Cut sprouts from stalk. Cut in half lengthwise crispy 8 to 3O
Broccoli Trim and cut. Steam tender, about 3 to 5 min. brittle 6 to 20
Cabbage Trim and cut into 1/2 inch strips. Cut core into 1/4 inch strips leathery 6 to 14
Carrots Steam until tender. Shred or cut into slices leathery 6 to 12
Cauliflower Steam blanch until tender. Trim and cut leathery 6 to 16
Celery Cut stalks into 1/4 inch slices brittle 6 to 14
Chives Chop brittle 6 to 10
Cucumber Pare and cut into 1/2 inch slices leathery 6 to 18
Eggplant/Squash Trim and slice 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick brittle 6 to 18
Garlic Remove skin from clove and slice brittle 6 to 16
Hot Peppers Dry whole leathery 6 to 14
Mushrooms Slice, chop, or dry whole leathery 6 to 14
Onions Slice thinly or chop brittle 8 to 14
Peas Shell and blanch for 3 to 5 minutes brittle 8 to 14
peppers Cut into 1/4 inch strips or rings. Remove seeds brittle 4 to 14
Potatoes Slice, dice or cut. Steam blanch 8 to 10 min. brittle 6 to 1
Rhubarb Remove outer skin and cut into 1/2 inch lengths No moisture 6 to 38
Spinach Steam blanch until wilted, but not soggy. Kate, etc brittle 6 to 16
Tomatoes Remove skin. Cut in halves or slices leathery 8 to 24
Zucchini Slice into 1/4 inch pieces brittle 6 to 18
Fruit Preparation Dryness Teat Approx. Time (hrs)
Apples Pear, core and cut slices or rings pliable 5 to 6
Artichokes Cut into 1/2 inch strips brittle 5 to 13
Apricots Clean, cut in halves or in slices pliable 12 to 38
Bananas Peel and cut into 1/2 inch slices crisp 8 to 38
Berries Cut strawberries into 3/2 inch slice. Other berries whole no moisture 8 to 26
Cherries Pitting is optional, or pit when 50% dry leathery 8 to 34
Cranberries Chop or leave whole pliable 6 to 26
Dates pit and slice leathery 6 to 26
Figs Slice leathery 6 to 26
Grapes Leave whole pliable 8 to 38
Nectarines Cut in half, dry with skin side down. Pit when 50% dry pliable 8 to 26
Orange Rind Peel in long strips brittle 8 to 16
Peaches Pit when 50% dry. Halve or quarter with cut side up pliable 10 to 34
Pears Peel and slice pliable 8 to 30

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