The Prepared Homestead Kitchen: Top Appliances, Part 4

| 12/30/2015 10:57:00 AM

Tags: kitchen skills, kitchen tools, dehydrating, food preservation, Sean and Monica Mitzel, Idaho,


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Years ago, I began dehydrating food. At first I didn’t think it really mattered which dehydrator I used — they were all pretty much the same, right? I bought a mid-priced round dehydrator and was on my way!

As my food dehydrating progressed, I began running into snags – the food was dehydrating at different rates depending on which trays were closest to the fan, large foods (like plums) couldn’t fit between the trays, dehydrating was taking a LONG time since the air wasn’t reaching all the food at once, and I could only use this appliance for one thing – dehydrating fruits and vegetables.

I like all my appliances to have at least two uses in my kitchen, preferably more than that — I call it permaculture in the kitchen (in case you don’t know, stacking functions is a permaculture principle). So my research began: Could I find a dehydrator that would solve the problems and give me more uses? Indeed, I could, and it came in the form of the Excalibur Dehydrator

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