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Does anyone own a food dehydrator? Do you have recommendations for a brand to buy? Do you think it was worth the money invested for the recip

Do you have any website recommendations for dehydrator recipes?

asked by lhg24 almost 3 years ago
11 answers 1561 views
Buddhacat
SKK
added almost 3 years ago

I have owned a 5 tray Excalibur Dehydrator for about 5 years. It has a temperature control and I didn't invest in one with an automatic timer and don't regret it at all. It has more than paid for itself. Excalibut is an excellent brand. I dehydrate cherries, tomatoes, nectarines, pears, squash, onions. This year I dehydrated peppers and ground them and made my own pepper sauce. I make my own crackers.

Regarding websites, just google dehydrator recipes and see what you like.

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added almost 3 years ago

Thank you! That is the model that I have been considering. Someone had told me they regretted not getting a 9 tray. Currently it is just my husband and I, did you ever feel that you needed the 9 tray? Do you vacuum seal your dried produce?

Buddhacat
SKK
added almost 3 years ago

I have not regretted my purchase. The 5 tray is handles the amounts I want to prepare. It takes a long time to pit cherries! I do not vacuum seal, I put it in jars with tight fitting lids. My nephew the chef vacuum seals and I can't taste any discernable difference.

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added almost 3 years ago

Excaliber sometimes sells "refurbished" models on their website at a lower cost than the new ones would be. Since they are pricey (but worth it!), you might want to look into that.

Dsc00426
added almost 3 years ago

My sister has a l'Equip that I've used, and it's great. It has temperature control, fan, and a timer, and it has extra trays you can buy to add on.

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Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added almost 3 years ago

I'd love to get one. But I'm "Banned" from bringing home any more kitchen gadgets that take up counter space, until I get rid of one with the same space footprint.

Buddhacat
SKK
added almost 3 years ago

Sam, I want you to attempt some more stuff so I can steal from you! It would be great to have a group of us attempting things with our dehydrators.

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added almost 3 years ago

I own a 9 tray excalibur... Honestly, I don't use it for as much as I'd hoped, but that's perhaps because I don't like jerky. Our primary use for it is making lots and lots of fruit rollups, for which it does an excellent job. But unless you're doing large volumes, I don't see why a 9 tray is necessary over a 5 tray...

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added almost 3 years ago

Thanks everyone, your insight has been very helpful. Seems like the 5 tray excalibur is a worth while investment!