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Excalibur 3500B Excalibur 3500B 5 Tray Deluxe Dehydrator Black, 1, Black
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- 5-tray dehydrator, 8 square feet of drying space
- Built in on/off switch
- Perfect for families with small gardens
- Includes adjustable thermostat
- Easy to clean Polyscreen tray inserts
- VOLTAGE: 110V
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The first thing I tried was Kale chips. Since kale is a leafy produce it is a bit high so you have to take out three trays to fit which only leaves you two trays of kale (Which isn't very much). I guess you could squash another tray in there but didn't want to try that for my first attempt. Already I am wishing on the 9 tray.
Kale came out pretty good. You really need to try and get the leaves as uniformed as possible since the smaller ones dried first and the larger ones were still a bit chewy in spots. Obviously you could leave the larger ones in longer. The yield was nice size bowl but would really like to have done more.
I know for almost all the other items: fruit, jerky, veg's., they are flat and five trays will be enough.
Next, I tried beef jerky. The EXC did a nice job but again, keep an eye for the proper time. I did mine for 6 hours and it was bit tough. I prefer them a bit more chewy. And, London Broil was better than Eye Round. Still experimenting on "with the grain" or "against".
The I tried an onion bread. Was in there for 15 hours and was cracker like (which I wanted). The EXC did a nice even job on them.Read more ›
The shelves are easy to load, insert, and eventually clean. The unit is quiet and uses very little electricity.
I was brand-new to dehydrating when I purchased the Excalibur. Now, I am a full-time convert!
The dehydrator is well made, is a bit loud running on my kitchen counter adjacent to the tv in the family room.
ACTUAL USE EXAMPLE: This 5-tray model holds 9 - 1lb 4oz cans of Walmart Pineapple Slices. It will take 14+ hrs at the recommended 135 degree heat setting to dry them depending on the surrounding environment. In the effort and time required to prepare for dehydrating...I now wish I had bought the 9 tray model, my only regret.
I am now buying some Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and a heat sealer to properly store my dehydrated food and lengthen its storage life. This will allow me to store 10x more food in the same space vs. leaving it in cans.
It takes time, but I start up the dehydrator on the weekends after breakfast and before midnight I am done. Just getting started, I would not call this a 'fun' activity but it makes one feel more in control of what is in my food stores vs. using things like the cannery or buying from factories that may not disclose possible peanut exposure that could put my son at risk precisely at times when emergency help may not be available.
Yes, the machine is huge, much bigger than I thought it would be and it takes a good space of the counter in my mini kitchen. So plan ahead, for me it means - no cooking while drying. When not in use make sure you have a lovely spot for it in some closet or move to a place with a bigger counter.
So far I have dried a variety of fruits, mostly apples, which all turn out to be delicious. Although it was already mentioned in the book (comes with the dehydrator), that Blueberries are not a good choice to dry, I wanted to try it out for myself. The result is - don't do it, believe what's written in the book.
Veggies, like celery, carrots and onions are extremely flavourful when revived in water. I couldn't believe it. It's important to cut everything as equal as possible. If you don't have a machine and only use your hands and a sharp kitchen knife, that's what I do, check the trays often once drying process has started.
Since this is the first time I'm using a dehydrator I'm not able to say if this one is the best on the planet, but I can say that 5 trays is the way to go. They are quickly filled up and whatever you dry it lasts for weeks, so don't hesitate to go for more trays.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am very happy with this dehydrator, it is no where near as noisy as some people have said (sounds just like a fan). Read morePublished 10 days ago by Duluozbum
Awesome! I want to dehydrate all seasonal foods because I won't have waste anymore. It's quiet, not a lot of heat through the house and it will pay for itself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love this product! The ease at which I am able to make good tasting jerky is amazing the fact that is also simple to clean and use made my day/week/year!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Stanhouse
Best purchase I have made in a long time. I use it to dehydrate all of the extra produce from my garden. No wasted food from the grocery store. No more purchased dog treats. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lauriet