Dehydrator Fruit Roll Sheet Hack

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I unboxed my new dehydrator (the square Nesco) to find it didn't have the fruit roll sheets that I assumed were included. Has anyone tried a substitution like parchment paper on a regular tray?

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:16 AM

I use parchment paper for fruit rolls in my dehydrator, and I can usually reuse it 3-4 times before it gets too brittle, which is good because the stuff ain't cheap. I love rolling the entire fruit roll up into a beautiful rose by folding it in half, rolling, and then securing it at the base with a piece of string.

DO NOT use wax paper unless you like eating paper. That was a crazy bad failure of 3 lbs. of wasted berries and apples, so sad.

If you know of any fans of caramel apples, I made xmas presents by dehydrating apple cinnamon yogurt, and it made a dangerously good chewy apple flavored caramel textured roll.


on June 01, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Parchment paper should be just fine to use; it's frequently used in baking, so the slight temperature elevation in the dehydrator won't do a thing to it.


on October 26, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Thank you for these tips , and for asking this question to begin with! (just got my same square nesco..... glad I wasn't the only that thought it came with at least ONE fruit sheet...

Also! Another tip I have ran across in my new dehydrator hacking tips.. is avoid those expensive clean-a-screen sheets! Instead, go to Michaels, or buy on amazon, "plastic embroidery mesh" or "stiff plastic canvas" (this is the stuff they used in the 70's to make those awful tissue box covers..) The mesh allows great airflow with tiny separations so your smaller foods, carrots, peas, blueberries etc. wont fall through to the next tray.. I found a package of 7 on amazon for 1.27 and free shipping... they come in different sizes, just cut to the shape of your dehydrator and cut out the center hole etc. so easy and soooo much more affordable... the cheapest I have found those clean-a-screens are $5 EACH! this saved me $40 and works the same!!!! HOLLA!



on June 01, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Excellent! Thanks for the input. I'm off restock the parchment paper.

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