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I have looked through multiple subforums and used the search function but can not seem to find info on dehydrators. I swear I have seen a thread about it but alas, it has disappeared down the rabbit hole.

My wife and I are looking for a dehydrator. Any suggestions?
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acosenza2;102773 Wrote:I have looked through multiple subforums and used the search function but can not seem to find info on dehydrators. I swear I have seen a thread about it but alas, it has disappeared down the rabbit hole.

My wife and I are looking for a dehydrator. Any suggestions?

Excalibur or something similar with a fan. A lot quicker, more space and more efficient than the circular convection ones.

http://www.amazon.com/Excalibur-2900ECB-...B001NZPP6U
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I've heard good things about the Excalibur, but I didn't want to spend that much on a dehydrator. I also had concerns about the Excalibur's tray sizes and being able to easily wash them. I figured if they were a PITA to wash (not going to fit in my kitchen sink), it wasn't something I'd be likely to use all the time.

When I was looking for a dehydrator, the 3 things I was looking for were:
1. at least 500 watts
2. adjustable thermostat
3. trays that weren't clear/see-through

I also read that the ones with the fan on the bottom weren't that good.

I ended up going with a Nesco/American Harvest one. It's this one, although I bought it in a local store. http://www.amazon.com/Nesco-FD-75A-700-W...dehydrator

Later, we did buy extra trays, screens, fruit roll trays. We use it alot and have been happy with it.
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Thanks for the input. I think the Nesco one is the one I have seen talked about here and after reading the reviews from Amazon (one guy did a 1 week, 1 year, and 5 year review of the product) my wife and I have settled on the Nesco one for our beginning dehydrating needs.
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acosenza2;102899 Wrote:Thanks for the input. I think the Nesco one is the one I have seen talked about here and after reading the reviews from Amazon (one guy did a 1 week, 1 year, and 5 year review of the product) my wife and I have settled on the Nesco one for our beginning dehydrating needs.

It has a fan, that should work fine for you.
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I bought mine from Cabelas a few months ago...it was 50% off. I haven't used it yet, but I will be dehydrating our strawberries in a few weeks.
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Face palm.

Use a boxfan and some non-fiberglass filters!!

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I have an American Harvest for many years, and it cranks out jerky just fine. It also produced very nice dried zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms (very useful for enhancing ramen noodle packs on backpacking trips).

Make sure you get a dehydrator with a thermostat. Different foods need different temperatures and lower temp equals more flavor.
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I use mine for home made jerky. Also an american harvest. did bananas once, didn't turn out bad.
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MostlyHarmless;103350 Wrote:I have an American Harvest for many years, and it cranks out jerky just fine. It also produced very nice dried zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms (very useful for enhancing ramen noodle packs on backpacking trips).

Make sure you get a dehydrator with a thermostat. Different foods need different temperatures and lower temp equals more flavor.

Thanks for the tip!
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