My new Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator
I have had a dehydrator for years but have not used it for a very long time. So I decided to upgrade to a newer one.
I opted for the Excalibur 3926TW 9 Tray with Timer.
The new Excalibur is a great machine but to be honest my old one was and is just as good. So I suppose if I wanted to do some real production work I could.
This is the inside of the dehydrator. I can load 9 trays at a time or they can be spaced any way you like. The fan is at the back and blows air through the shelves. I have found that things dry fairly evenly with very little rotation of shelves.
I started out with a variety of things just to see how it was going to work. Spinach, peaches, pineapple, cherries, olives, kale and celery. I learned that spinach drys to these very thin leaves that blow around if they are not contained. So what I did was place another drying screen over the top which solved the problem.
One of the real interesting things I discovered was a bag of olives at Costco. It weighed 2.2 lbs and cost me $3.89. After dehydrated I only had 7.3 oz. They did however reconstitute into a great tamale pie in the sun oven. I am a real olive lover and learning these can be a part of am emergency food storage was a nice surprise.
The spinach came in a 2.5 lb. bag cost $3.79 took 6 trays to dry and ended up weighing 4.8 oz but took over a gallon baggie to store.