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OT Dehydrator OT

From my research Excalibur brand rates highly.  Any other thoughts?
Elkhorn, NE
1 large egg
28" Blackstone 

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  • masomaso Posts: 240
    In my experience talking politics will dehydrate her as well. 


    dah dun tiss!
    Large BGE in Moore, OK
  • Excalibur 9 tray here bought using Amazon Prime. Go to the Excalibur site for fun though, they have over 400 recipes on file. Apples dehydrated with one pack of stevia and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon are great. Figs take forever to dehydrate.
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  • dsrgunsdsrguns Posts: 357
    I have the older Cabelas model of this unit. I have used it for years and never regretted buying it. I use it mostly for making jerky and it does a great job.
      
    XL BGE
    MD
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,269
    I've got a Nesco square one with extra trays.
    Use parchment for easy cleanup.   
    Works great.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,995
    edited September 2017
    NM, sorry...

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 4,934
    I've got a round Nesco which use stackable trays. Works fine.

    Not sure what the Excalibur at 3X the price does better.
    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • DuranglerDurangler Posts: 1,084
    I've got a Nesco also, with 4 extra trays. Works great, but I don't recall what I paid,,, not $130 for sure.  Have had it for over 10 years. 
    http://www.nesco.com/products/Dehydrators/FD-1010/?ln=Dehydrators/Dehydrators/FD-1010/
    XL BGE, 22" Weber Red Head, Fiesta Gasser .... Peoria,AZ
  • I have the round nesco american harvest one. I have the expander packs to have 11 trays which is max they recommend. Its awesome 

    2 LBGE, Blackstone 36, Akorn Jr

    Egging in Southern Illinois (Marion)

  • 500500 Posts: 2,725
    If you have a modern oven, it may have a dehydrator cook setting on it. My double oven does. It's a two year old Electrolux. 
    Large BGE; Midlothian, Virginia
    I like Pig Butts and I can not lie.
    "Barbecue is a journey, one meal at a time."
  • I've had an Excalibur for a number of years and it has been great for me. I only use it for making jerky, but they are very well made.
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,686
    I think Excalibur is up there at the top of the line, but if you're new to dehydrating & don't want to risk a couple hundred bucks on something you might find out isn't your thing take a look at a Presto.  I've had this one for a year or so, it has a timer, adjustable temp (90-165), 6 large trays (expandable to 12), 2 mesh screens & 2 fruit roll up trays for $55.  I use it regularly & it performs (so far) flawlessly...

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008H2OEKK/ref=asc_df_B008H2OEKK5169462/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B008H2OEKK&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167151781903&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14337938254861274174&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1025392&hvtargid=pla-273133839329


    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • hondabbqhondabbq Posts: 1,945

    Ive recently got into dehydrating. I saw the Excaliburs at Costco online but they were a little steep for me to try and see if I liked doing dehydrating.

    I kept searching and bought a Cabelas 12 tray dehydrator. It was $100 off and I had a $100 gift card to use up so it only cost me $129.

    ive run 5 runs of jerky and 1 meat stick through it and have zero complaints.

  • maso said:
    In my experience talking politics will dehydrate her as well. 


    dah dun tiss!
    wow
    1 LBGE in Chapel Hill, NC
  • After many different dehydrator, round & square I could have gotten several excaliburs. I finally bought it and sure am happy.  No rotating racks easy loading & clean up.  50# carrots only took 2 batches. 8# peas + 8# corn + some apple in 1 batch. Love the Excalibur.  

    If you end up not liking dehydrating then sell it.  You probably ending up spending less money than buying something then wishing you had the best.

    GG
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 4,934
    I have no idea what "the best" home dehydrator is. So I hit the Google and I came across one review titled "The Best Dehydrator for Making Beef Jerky".

    https://www.jerkyholic.com/best-dehydrator-making-beef-jerky/

    According to their review of four machines they rated the Nesco #1 and the Excalibur #2. The Nesco was much quieter and had a more even temp thruout the unit. The Excalibur was a little quicker in getting foods up to temp. The Excalibur has a longer warranty and a builtin timer. The Nesco  is a fraction of the price of the Excalibur and has no builtin timer (so one less thing to fail :) ).

    Their review does have one thing wrong - they state that the trays for the Nesco are not suitable for cleaning in a dishwasher. They are safe for top rack use, however, I have placed them in the lower rack of my dishwasher without any problems. My dishwasher is a Bosch and does not have the typical old style heating element so it is safe for plastics on any rack.

    Bottom line is all these things just use a small fan and a heating element to blow hot air thru a "box". They're not super complex devices.



    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • Thanks for everyone's input, great to hear about personal experiences.
    Elkhorn, NE
    1 large egg
    28" Blackstone 
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,269
    edited September 2017
    HeavyG said:
    I have no idea what "the best" home dehydrator is. So I hit the Google and I came across one review titled "The Best Dehydrator for Making Beef Jerky".

    https://www.jerkyholic.com/best-dehydrator-making-beef-jerky/

    According to their review of four machines they rated the Nesco #1 and the Excalibur #2. The Nesco was much quieter and had a more even temp thruout the unit. The Excalibur was a little quicker in getting foods up to temp. The Excalibur has a longer warranty and a builtin timer. The Nesco  is a fraction of the price of the Excalibur and has no builtin timer (so one less thing to fail :) ).

    Their review does have one thing wrong - they state that the trays for the Nesco are not suitable for cleaning in a dishwasher. They are safe for top rack use, however, I have placed them in the lower rack of my dishwasher without any problems. My dishwasher is a Bosch and does not have the typical old style heating element so it is safe for plastics on any rack.

    Bottom line is all these things just use a small fan and a heating element to blow hot air thru a "box". They're not super complex devices.



    Didn't know Nesco was out of WI.  Makes sense after getting mine from Farm and Fleet(also out of WI) on a sweet Black Friday deal.  For those interested, as a timer-less work around, I use a cheap AC lamp timer.  Half the time, I'm around to shut it down manually though.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • DredgerDredger Posts: 1,453
    I had an older model Nesco with the fan on the bottom for years. Decided to upgrade to the Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster Digital Pro. It has the fan and digital controls on top instead of the bottom. It has a timer and 1000 watts of power. Cleaning is a breeze (see what I did there).  =) I've never needed to rotate the trays on this one. I got mine from Amazon. Here is a picture of our pea sheller, but the Nesco is on the right side of the pic on the bottom shelf of the bakers rack.

    Large BGE
    Greenville, SC
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