Review of L’EQUIP 528 Food Dehydrator

L’EQUIP 528 Food Dehydrator refers to devices for molecular gastronomy. This term first appeared in 1988 for trophology (food science) that studies the physicochemical processes during the heat treatment of foods. Physicist Nicolas Kurti from Oxford and the French chemist Herve This from INRA are the founders of this direction.

Molecular gastronomy uses science to create dishes with a new unusual combination of tastes. Today this cooking is sometimes called scientific gastronomy, experimental cuisine or culinary physics.

These technologies are based on the use of very high or low temperatures and pressure that ensure the cooking dishes of amazing shape, color, texture and taste.

Stefan-grill, Cookvac for vacuum marinating, freeze drying, sous-vide technologies, pakodzheting-ldomiksing, thermomix, aroma distillery and deep freezing are the most popular in this segment.

All of them are based on innovative cooking. For example, pakodzheting-ldomiksing provides storage of products at a temperature of up to -22 degrees. This technology received its name from PacoJet Company that developed it. COOK-IN method (Stefan-grill) uses heat treatment from inside the product at temperatures up to 650 degrees without external heating. Sous-vide is based on long-term cooking (72 hours or more) in a vacuum bag in water at a temperature of about 60 degrees or lower. Cookvac is a unique invention of Spanish chefs for cooking and marinating in a vacuum.

Of course, molecular gastronomy requires special equipment that today is abundantly offered by the market.

L’Equip 528 is a rectangular dehydrator with 6 stacks.

Each tray provides 1.2 square feet of useful space for drying foods. Accordingly, the total volume reaches 7.2 square feet for 6 trays. But in total, the device holds 12 trays. Thus, the maximum drying area reaches 14.4 square feet.

L’Equip 528 is made of BPA-free plastic. Model weighs only 11 pounds. The fan and a heating element are located in the base. They direct hot air up through the trays.

This model has special air channels along the outer edge of the trays. Centra Flow air design provides uniform heat distribution during operation.

The drying power is 500 W. The device provides constant temperature control that is performed at a frequency of 60 times per second. High accuracy is intended to ensure optimal temperature conditions.

The control system contains an on / off button and a temperature regulator in the range from 33 to 67 degrees .

Each tray is equipped with a mesh filter for easy cleaning.

Two additional trays are designed for fruit rolls.

Pros:

– digital automatic temperature control;

– dedicated on and off switch;

– long-term warranty;

– good value for money;

– easy cleaning;

– increasing the number of trays to 12 pieces;

– low fan noise level;

– BPA-free plastic;

– trays for fruit rolls

Cons:

– device is made entirely of plastic;

– kit includes only 6 trays;

– additional trays are expensive.

The design and features of this model are shown in the video.

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