The questions I receive frequently have to do with dehydrators. I hope this post will answer your questions.
What is my favorite dehydrator?
I recommend the Excalibur Dehydrator above all other dehydrators. The Excalibur is a high quality machine. It runs on little electricity, is easily washable/cleanable, and keeps the temperature constant. It will only costs about $120 – $220.
Where should I buy the dehydrator?
I recommend you buy it directly from the company so that it comes with a warrantee. All dehydrators are finicky and break easily. You may likely need the warrantee. I have 3 Excalibur dehydrators. I bought one off Craig’s List, and I was sorry I did. It was advertised as “like new”, but it broke soon after I got it. I ended up spending a lot to have it fixed so it would work again. I would have saved money if I bought it more full price and had a warrantee.
You will find great rates on the Excalibur website. I do have coupons (available only to students) that can beat even those deals. Contact me heather @ rawbayarea.com if you need another coupon.
What is the best size to purchase?
I recommend a 9 tray with 9 paraflexx sheets. You don’t need a timer on the machine, you can use a cheap one from the hardware store. If you don’t have room for a 9 tray, get a 5 tray. I have a 9 tray for my small household and it is full all the time with yummy things. I don’t recommend you buy a 4-tray, it is way too small. On a 4 tray, the overall diameter of the trays is smaller. Plus, the space between the trays is so thin that you have to take some trays out when you have items thicker than a pancake. That means, it really is only a 2 tray machine, which is not helpful at all. I would say the 4 tray is good only for travel, as it fits nicely in a suitcase.
Is there anything else I need to purchase with my dehydrator?
Yes, you should buy as many Paraflexx sheets as you have trays. You will need paraflexx sheets for anything runny or wet – to make fruit leather, crackers, tortillas, etc. Yes, you can use parchment paper but don’t do it – it is a waste of money and resources like paper and time cutting out the right size. Just invest in the Paraflexx sheets – they last longer than the machine itself.
If you have one of my coupons, you will see that there are lots of other things on the coupon list. You don’t really need any of them, though some things on that list are nice to have.
I have a coupon from you, how do I redeem it?
To redeem your coupon, you need to call Excalibur on the phone with a credit card number or send the form in with your check. To prepare you, Excalbiur is a small business, and the person who handles this order is not always available. Sometimes you have to leave a message. I personally think the easiest method for purchasing with the coupon is to send a check, ’cause then you don’t have to chase anyone down.
What is your favorite dehydration cookbook?
I don’t have one. I should probably write it. In the mean time, click here to check out what dehydration classes I have coming up. I will say that I love Abeba Wright’s cookbooks – she is the Krazy Kracker Lady – and she has 4 cookbooks full of recipes for dehydrated yummy things including onion rings!