Review of Excalibur 9-tray Dehydrator

I LOVE our 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator!

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It came with 2 books – a shorty and a longy – with easy instructions on how to use, clean, etc.

Don’t go with anything less than 9 trays or you will be sorry…

The only thing I do not like is the fan noise. It is not overly obtrusive, but it is “there” all the time. We are considering putting it in a less-used room of the house.

The model we bought is Excalibur 3900 Deluxe Non-Timer Series 9 Tray Food Dehydrator – Black.

We have made: jerky, dried mushrooms, apples, bananas, apricots, peaches, strawberries, grapes, tomatoes.

What we learned first time out with:

  • Jerky: We sliced it to thin to begin with, so it came out too dry.
  • Grapes: When the book says to blanch something to hasten drying time, do it! The first time it took 3 days to make raisins. The second time, I blanched them, and it took about 22 hours.If that sounds like a long time, really it’s not. You put them in, walk away and forget it. There is nothing to do in the meantime unless you want to check on them.
  • Apples: Nothing to them! I thought that they might come out crispier, but leathery is the word of the day on most fruit.
  • Bananas: Same as apples – I thought I would be making “banana chips” like you’d get at the bulk food store, but heads up that is not what you get…They are good.
  • Tomatoes: What a great way to preserve them! Add them to soups, etc. whenever you need an extra kick. No more wasted tomatoes!
  • Mushrooms: We are still working on this one. The first batch seemed great to start with, however, after a week in the cupboard in a glass jar, they began to ferment. Apparently not dry enough!
  • Apricots: Turned out sooooo yummy! They were the same consistency as you would get at the store, but NO sulphur! And super tasty!
  • I almost forgot about the cherries! Oh my – super yummy!
  • And can’t forget my husband’s bread making. You can use this machine for rising dough. It worked great.

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Cleaning: The dehydrator sheets are dishwasher safe, so that has been a breeze, and the trays are fairly easy to rinse off in the sink. Who likes to cleanup? No one. So it still might seem like a hassle at times.

I highly recommend this dehydrator. Let me know if you get one – or have one – and what you are using it for!

-Anya

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Review of Excalibur 9-tray Dehydrator

LOL DIY Dehydrator

If you Google “diy dehydrator” you will find some great ideas – some pretty easy, and others, well, complicated. The idea is that electric dehydrators zap nutrients and taste. I have never owned an electric dehydrator; neither have I done thorough research about the pros and cons of one. However, I do celebrate the art of diy resourcefulness and get a huge kick out of simple, low cost ideas that work – especially from items you already have in and around your home.


I present to you my latest product ;)


{Deep ‘Commercial Man’ voice} The Redneck Dehydrator!

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Today is the first day – I will let you know how it works after the peppers dry.


What you’ll need:

  • Box fan
  • Cooling racks
  • Clamps

Of course, you’ll need to avoid juicy fruit, i.e. tomatoes, because the clamps will squish them and make a big mess… 


What do you think? Do think this will work? Or is it an epic fail? Your comments welcome…


@MyGardenHaven

LOL DIY Dehydrator