How Many Vegetables Should I Buy?


sliced celery on a Nesco dehydrator

This is what you need to buy
to fill Four full dehydrator trays

Deciding how many vegetables it will take to fill four full trays depends on what size dehydrator you have.

To that end, we created this guide.

It does help to have a rough idea as to how many vegetables to purchase at the store!




An Easy Guide for Vegetables

This helps if you cannot afford to buy in bulk, and can only buy vegetables on a weekly basis. Time to get growing your own, you say? :-)

Most of us do not have tons of spare room in our fridges and freezers. Before you go out buying too much, here's a handy guide that shows you roughly how many vegetables will fit on four dehydrator trays. Please remember this is just a guide. It's not an exact science...

The reason why I picked how many vegetables does it take to fill four full trays is this: FOUR trays is the Nesco dehydrator brand's recommended minimum tray usage.

If you use any less than four full trays, for instance, only two trays, then you are not getting the proper air circulation necessary to dry your vegetables properly.

Read more about Nesco dehydrators here. They have plenty of great accessories, such as spare trays (I purchased the four-tray starter Nesco); non-stick sheets which are great for making fruit leathers. The non-stick sheets are also great for stopping smaller pieces of food from dropping down into the tray below. When food dries, shrinkage occurs.

Excalibur dehydrators also have the non-stick sheets for the same purpose as Nesco.







Guide to How Many Vegetables Fills FOUR Trays

  • Cut Green Beans: fresh or frozen, 2lb
  • Broccoli: fresh or frozen, 2lbs
  • Butternut Squash: fresh, 1 medium squash; frozen 2lb
  • Cabbage: fresh sliced, 1/2 cabbage head
  • Carrots: fresh, sliced 5-8 carrots; frozen 2lb
  • Cauliflower: fresh, 1 medium; frozen 2lb
  • Celery: fresh, 1 stalk, sliced
  • Cut Corn: fresh: 6-8 ears; frozen 2lb
  • Garlic: Elephant, fresh: 1 large bulb
  • Mushrooms: fresh, 2lb
  • Onions: fresh 1-1/2 to 2 medium to large; diced frozen 2lb
  • Peas: fresh or frozen 2lb
  • Peppers: fresh, cut in strips 4-5; frozen 2lb
  • Potatoes: fresh, varies 4-6; frozen diced hash brown 2lb
  • Tomatoes: fresh, 7-9
  • Zucchini: fresh, 3-6




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Nesco and Excalibur Brands are Super Dehydrators

As mentioned in our dehydrator section, I do have an Excalibur dehydrator and a Nesco dehydrator.

I use the Nesco on a daily/weekly basis, and the Excalibur is great for proofing bread!








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