The other day I received an Excalibur Dehydrator with the intent to write a review about. My wife has been using it ever since it arrived and today handed me the following post describing her feelings about it.
Well am not sure if I told you, but my dehydrator went out last month. It was an old one my husband had and was in storage for several years. It was a round one which apparently was the going thing way back. Well I finally got a new one.
OH MY GOSH!!! Am I in heaven, with my new Excalibur 9 drawer square dryer… It holds so much more, it dries faster and it just does everything. There is a cooking guide that comes with it and some recipes. It covers pretreatment, dipping solutions, blanching and even reconstitution. It comes with a guide for items (vegetables, fruit, fish and meat) their preparation, testing and drying times. Even if you have a round one, you gotta get an Excalibur.
I have done vegetables that were on sale and I was even brave enough to do jerky. Yes, jerky. Sometimes I have trouble getting out of my comfort zone to try new stuff. My friend said she uses flank steak, but the price was too high, so I tried London broil, (yes it was on sale) and looked very lean. The one thing they specify in the guide is “using a lean cut of raw meat as free from fat as possible”; the higher the fat content the shorter the storage life. They also suggest partly freezing the meat so it’s easier to cut in 1” wide and 3/18 thick. We couldn’t figure out the 3/18 so I just cut it thin. A meat slicer would be better, but I don’t have one.
Some of the other items it does:
- Herbs and Spices
- Raising Bread
- Pasta (home made)
- Recrisping (cracker, chips, cookies and etc.)
- Cottage Cheese
They even mention dehydrating a whole meal in preparation for hiking or camping. Put the ingredients in a pot with water and cook.
Well if I haven’t convinced you yet, go on line and check out their products: they have been in business for 36 years in Sacramento, California. WWW.Drying123.com
Your saying a 9 drawer is to large, well they have from 4 to 9 drawers so pick your size and order one, they currently have them on sale, but it won’t last. Good luck and if any one has a good jerky spice to try, send it on, (remember my husband loves hot).
You can see from this my wife (Preparedness Mom) likes it a lot. I will add my two cents. This is a well build piece of equipment that is designed to last. It is energy efficient, drying food faster and more even than our previous dehydrator. The temperature control and timer work well.
She is having a lot of fun with it and I am enjoying the food. Husbands buy your wife one you will enjoy the benefits. I recommend it. We will post more about the Excalibur in the future.