MOTHER's product picks for August/September 2018.

August/September  2018
Compiled by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors

Multifunctional Dehydrator

$319.95 at


One of the great joys of the growing season is harvesting your garden’s bounty. So when you have tomatoes up to your ears, more rosemary than you know what to do with, and a fruit tree bending under the weight of its crop, having a dehydrator that can handle that bounty is a real boon. And when it comes to dehydrators, the Excalibur 9-tray unit is the cream of the crop.

The boxy 9-tray models are tried-and-true, and they’re made in the United States. Editor Russell Mullin can attest to their time-tested design: “I inherited a 15-year-old unit that’s still going strong.” And while the design hasn’t changed much over the years (when it works, it works), some available upgrades have made the new units even more convenient to use. “My new 9-tray unit has some great upgrades compared with my older model; a timer and a clear front cover that lets me check on the progress of whatever I’m dehydrating without opening the unit are the most notable,” Russell adds.