Sunday, February 6, 2011


So, since most of my posts lately have involved dehydrating, I've had some questions about what kind I have. I have a 9 tray Excalibur. Here are some of the features listed on this website:

*The Ultimate in Versatility - Removable door and trays – This is a MUST- in order to use every other tray or no trays at all, allowing you to dry large items, make yogurt, raise breads, dry crafts, bloom rice, dry sprouted breads, dry pie crust and more.. You do not have to take apart to check drying or add more food.
*Almost unbreakable - FDA approved for Food Contact trays. Inserts make cleaning a snap.
*Controlled environment for a wide variety of uses.
*24 page recipe book included with each unit
*Adjustable Thermostat 85 - 155 degrees
*CE Safety Certified

*Complete drying system in rear (includes thermostat and fan).
*Easy to clean... Spills fall on seamless bottom.
*Horizontal drying provides even drying, eliminating tray rotations. Fast drying...
*Adjustable thermostat allows perfect drying every time.
*Square design increases drying area "25%" with no holes in center of tray.
*Versatile... Trays can be removed to expand drying chamber.
*Controlled environment for a wide variety of uses, i.e. making fruit roll-ups, trail mixes and drying flower arrangements, herbs, art and crafts, photos.

In my words, I LOVE it.
-I love how the trays come out and I can put my jars of yogurt in to culture.

-I love how I can use every other tray if I am drying something that is taller and I can't fit every tray in.

-I LOVE how big it is. It really makes dehydrating worth it. I love dried apples and with my old little cheapo one, all the of the apples would be eaten by the time they were dry! :) I like doing things in larger quantities.

-I LOVE the thermostat and how big of a range it has. I really like how easy it is to use. This is right on the dehydrator:

It tells you what temperature to dry your fruits, veggies, yogurt, jerky, etc.

Now, I have had mine for at least 2 years now, I can't remember exactly when I got it. I bought it on ebay, new, at the best price I could find. I'm not sure what prices are the best right now, but I would look around at a few places to search out the best price if you are interested in a really good dehydrator. It is so worth the investment if you can do it.

Just a note: I just got some leather sheets for my birthday. I was looking on for the sheets that go to this dehydrator and found some others that were A LOT cheaper and from the reviews were even better. So, I was so happy with that discovery and I have really enjoyed them. When I bought my dehydrator, it came with 100 pieces of parchment paper that I used for leathers. Well, I used those up and I love my new leather sheets. Here's the link:

Now, another dehydrator that I have heard is an excellent one is the

8-Tray Garden Master Dehydrator.

Here's the product description:

The FD-1018 Gardenmaster Pro Dehydrator is Nesco / American Harvest's top of the line dehydrator. In fact, the Gardenmaster Pro Deyhdrator is more powerful and larger than any other. Expandability? The Gardenmaster Pro Dehydrator can expand to an enormous 30 trays, which allows extremely large quantities of dehydrating! Power? 1000 watts ensures you complete drying capabilities.In addition, the Patented Converga-Flow® fan forces heated air up the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray, converging in the center, for fast, even and nutritious drying. Flavors simply won't be mixed, and you don't ever have to rotate trays!The Gardenmaster Pro Dehydrator has a fast, powerful fan that operates quiet at 2,400-RPM motor. This on top of a specially designed 4-1/2 inch fan mean faster, more nutritious drying. Additionally, the Gardenmaster Pro's adjustable thermostat allows temperatures to be changed from 95 to 155 degrees, which gives you the opportunity to adjust temperature settings for all your different foods (total dehyrdrating flexibility!)On top of all of this, the Gardenmaster Pro's Vita-Save® Exterior blocks light to help retain natural nutrients and vitamins during the drying process.

1000 watts of drying power!
Patented Converga-Flow®
Adjustable temperature control
Includes 52-page recipe and instruction book, 1 solid
sheet, 1 mesh sheet, and 1 packet jerky spice
4.5" Fan, 2400-RPM motor, adjustable thermostat, 1,000 watts
Dries in hours, not days: Fruit rolls, 3-6 hours; beef
jerky, 4 hours; apples, 4-6 hours; bananas, 5-8 hours;
pineapple, 4-6 hours
Opaque Vita-Save® exterior (blocks harmful light)
Expandable to 30 trays
1 Sq. ft. per tray
NO tray rotation required

So, those are my top recommendations. Take it for what it's worth. :)

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