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Dehydrating. Borrowed a dehydrator from a friend. Totally addicted. I think I need one.

Fruits and beef and game oh my. Anybody have an amazing recipe I need to try? Also, I really am thinking about buying one. But I don't want to science a fortune and I want it to be easy to clean.

asked by kimhw 10 months ago
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Lulusleep
added 10 months ago

You can get cheaper one, but I really like the Excalibur. It is very easy to clean and has very useable surface space. The variable temperature is great to accommodate a variety of food. I got the one with 26 hour timer, which is a useful function.

Buddhacat
SKK
added 10 months ago

The Excalibur is truly worth the money. I spent less because I did not get the timer and have not had a problem. Cheaper ones do not circulate the air, do not have temp controls and are very hard to clean.

Sadie_crop
Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added 10 months ago

Excaliber's website sometimes has "refurbished" models for less

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added 10 months ago

Americas test kitchen does a great job testing kitchen appliances for which is best for the price. Check them out

Sadie_crop
Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added 10 months ago

Sadly, neither America's Test Kitchen nor Consumer Reports seems to have evaluated dehydrators. I've seen lots of very positive comments about the Excaliber on canning/home preserving websites. Excaliber has two 9-tray refurbs on the site right now, one with a timer and one without.

Buddhacat
SKK
added 10 months ago

My Excalibur is 5 trays and works great. Unless you have a large family, 5 trays is sufficient.

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added 10 months ago

got my excalibur for $10 at yard sale. chk craigslist. they are great dehydrators!

Sadie_crop
Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added 10 months ago

foodgrrrl, I think the rest of us need to know where your yard sales are! What a deal, eh? Kimhw might also see if there's a freecycle group (https://www.freecycle.org...) where she lives - she might as well ask; you never know who's got one that's just gathering dust and needs a new home.

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added 10 months ago

lol ~ i thought so too! purchased at a sale in leavenworth kansas. now i'm back in southeast az - the yard sales aren't as good here. maybe she'll run across one in a thrift store. cheers!