My new Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator

dehydrator1With all of this food preparation and experimenting with the solar oven and meals in a jar doing my own food dehydration was most likely the next step.

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.

dehydrator2This 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.

dehydrator7One 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.

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dehydrator10 The canned peaches were my favorite. It was an off brand called My Alberta.

My favorite peach is the Alberta since we had orchards of them on the ranch when I was a kid. I dumped off the heavy syrup and rinsed them off then laid them on the tray.

They took quite a long time to completely dry but were certainly worth the wait.

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