Do you have any website recommendations for dehydrator recipes?
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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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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.
Hey Sam, let's use some different logic around the BAN. A dehydrator doesn't take up counter space any more than a freezer or stoves does. It is its own function that can take up to from 4 to 24 hours+ to perform. You can run your dehydrator anywhere. I prefer to keep it out of the kitchen. I have a spare room I use. Other family members use their garage. (Obviously the air is good - no diesel or gas fumes and it is clean.) Some friends just put it on the deck. (Obviously they do not live in Seattle but in a dryer area with sun year round.) If I had an Airstream I would run it there.
A Dehydrator is not a gadget - it is a miracle! (I do not have stock in Excalibur or any dehydrators or any dehydrator blogs, books or movies.)
I have an ancient "Ronco" dehydrator I inherited. Yes, I know it's crap. But seeing your posts makes me want to at least attempt some more stuff.
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.
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...
Thanks everyone, your insight has been very helpful. Seems like the 5 tray excalibur is a worth while investment!