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Magic Chef manufactures many different home appliances, including microwaves and food dehydrators. The 470 dehydrator is a convenient model that has multiple drying trays, which allow you to dehydrate a variety of foods at one time. If you have a 470 dehydrator and no longer have your manual, you can still learn to use it properly with easy-to-understand instructions.

Wash the cover and trays of the 470 dehydrator with warm, soapy water and a sponge and allow them to dry before you use the unit.

Slice the foods you want to dry. Keep the thickness between 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch. If your food is extremely moist, you can pat it dry with paper towels to help the drying process.

Plug in the power cord. Turn on the unit at the base and preheat the dehydrator for 5 to 10 minutes before loading the trays with food.

Place your sliced food onto the trays in a single layer.

Allow the food to dry; to check to see if it is dry, remove a few pieces and cut into the middle. The outsides should be slightly crisp and the insides should be leathery but dried. Drying times vary from four to 18 hours, depending on slice thickness, the type of food and how many trays you use.

Turn off and unplug the dehydrator when the food has dried. Store food in plastic bags or storage containers and refrigerate.


The lid and racks are top-rack dishwasher safe; the base unit can be cleaned with a damp rag and dried with a dish towel.

Magic Chef recommends that the lid vents remain open while drying food, but for shorter drying times, you can close the vents, opening them during the first hour of drying and then in 10-minute durations every four hours.


To make fruit leather, you will need to purchase a sheet roll-up tray to protect the base unit from damage due to excess moisture.

Never submerge the power cord or base unit in water.