I just purchased an Excalibur food dehydrator! I searched the internet looking for something that would dry a lot of items at once without taking up much space and this is what I found! I can’t wait to use it!
You see, I am planning to expand my gardens this year. Instead of just 3 jam packed 4 ft. by 8 ft. beds, I’m also going to have a strip along the fence on the north side of the yard. It’s about 40 ft. long. If I make the new garden 3 to 4 ft wide, I would end up with another 120 to 160 square feet! That means I can plant more vegetables and hopefully get a great harvest!
The problem with all that food is storage. How am I going to have time to harvest, prepare, and can all those veggies and still keep my job? I’ll be able to do some canning. As long as I don’t run out of jars! And I can freeze a tiny bit because we only have the small freezer in our refrigerator. That means we either eat a lot, or I give a lot away! So the best solution I could think of was to buy a dehydrator!
I had a Ronnoco dehydrator several years ago. It was round and the trays stacked on top of each other. I hated the thing! The grids on the trays were fairly large and made of plastic. The food would stick to the plastic as it dried making it difficult to remove them and almost impossible to clean! And I couldn’t dry herbs because they would fall through and end up mixed in with whatever was on the trays below.
The Excalibur has square trays with a different type of plastic inserts that are supposed to be easier to clean and more non-stick. You can also coat them with oil before loading to help the food not stick.
My next step is to go buy, (Yes I said “buy”!), some organic veggies and fruits to slice up and dry to start getting used to the new dryer! I’m so excited!
When I’ve dried a few batches, I’ll post how it worked and any tips I come up with. I might even have a few recipes to share!
Wish me luck!
P.S. You can buy an Excalibur dehydrator at the Survivalist Store in Riverside, Missouri or you can order one directly from the manufacturer at: http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/. You can even find them by clicking on the Meat-Processing Products.com ad found anywhere on my site. It never hurts to check out all the options before buying!