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Old 01-16-2008, 07:09 AM   #1
Michael Lynn
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Looking for a food dehydrator

Trying to find an inexpensive food dehydrator that is still worth the money.

I'm looking to make jerky and dried fruits like banana and apples.

Any suggestions?

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-Mike
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:11 AM   #2
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Re: Looking for a food dehydrator

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Trying to find an inexpensive food dehydrator that is still worth the money.

I'm looking to make jerky and dried fruits like banana and apples.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
-Mike

Michael, at some point I'm buying one and it will be one of these models.
I live by the motto "you get what you pay for"

Link is w/f/s

http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:22 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for a food dehydrator

I actually have the excalibur 9 tray professional model. They are great and you can definitely use them on a low heat to preserve the nutrients in the foods. I had a cheaper one but it was horrible--got too hot and food want good!

ON the other hand, I would try to avoid the dried fruit as it is way high in Glycemic Index and most tend to eat too much!
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: Looking for a food dehydrator

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=1120727 (Work/Family Safe.)
It works grand. Each tray holds about 1 pound of raw meat; comes with 4, can be expanded to 12.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=1120727 (Work/Family Safe.)
It works grand. Each tray holds about 1 pound of raw meat; comes with 4, can be expanded to 12.
Pat;

You just might have saved me some money.
Thanks for posting this model.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:16 PM   #6
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Pat;

You just might have saved me some money.
Thanks for posting this model.
Thats what I had! It didnt last too long and the food was heated. The excalibur works differently! I was a pure raw foodist and the excalibur was awesome in that one was able to use a very low heat preserving the nutrients inherent in the foods and not "cooking" them!
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:36 PM   #7
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Thats what I had! It didnt last too long and the food was heated. The excalibur works differently! I was a pure raw foodist and the excalibur was awesome in that one was able to use a very low heat preserving the nutrients inherent in the foods and not "cooking" them!
Ah, excellent point, S, thanks for telling me that. Purchase is a few months off, but will go back to original Excalibur
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:04 PM   #8
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Re: Looking for a food dehydrator

Hm. The jerky still tastes delicious to me.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:07 PM   #9
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Hm. The jerky still tastes delicious to me.
You wanna share your recipe as I havent done any jerky in a while and want to do some again? What cut of meat do you use as well?
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I don't have any particular recipes. I simply use whatever random spices I find and some salt to marinade cuts of either top round or chuck roast beef overnight.
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