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Hey all,<br><br>
Can anyone tell me a little bit more about dehydrators? This winter my intentions for it will mostly be sprouted/ soaked nuts etc. ( I'm dying to try making crispy nuts, and I have an unvented gas stove so there is no way I can leave it on for really long periods of time. )<br>
In the summer my plan is to dehydrate large amounts of seasonal stuff and possibly some jerky. It is just too humid where I live now to do sun screen drying in the summers. . .<br>
Is there a type or size that really works for you and your family? A good place to get them?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I don't have one and when I've made crispy nuts I've made them in our oven, but I have a friend is a total raw food afficionado and she swears by the excalibur 9 tray. Looks great and if I could buy one, I'd probably go for that one myself. Removable trays, spreads the air out evenly, good for making things that start off soggier like crackers or mashed banana (she makes crepes from that). Those seem to be a lot better than the plastic circular ones that stack up. It'll be interesting to see what others say. Hope this helps!
 

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I have a plastic stack tray type that my mother gave me this past summer. I made awesome crispy nuts in it! I also dried all my herbs at the end of the season and I made bags of apple chips in the fall. I have many more plans for it next season! When she gave it to me I thought it would just be another useless contraption but I really do like it. I'd like to try making fruit leather with fresh picked fruit next summer. And I have a great recipe for banana nut brittle that I'm going to try soon.
 

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I too have the plastic stackable one, as does my mother. We both use them for all kinds of things. I don't have much to compare mine too since it is the only one I have ever known.<br><br>
I love to dry strawberry, tomatos (for pesto), bannans (banana chips), apples, fruit leathers, mushrooms, really anything I grow I dry so I have it throughout the winter.
 

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I have a 4 tray Excalibur that works great. I can't remember all of my reasons for choosing that brand, but it is a favorite of raw foodists. I think it's because you can keep the temperature low (below 110 degrees), which takes longer to dry things but also retains more nutrients. You can adjust the temperature higher of course, for foods like meats. I would go for the 9 tray if you can afford it.
 

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I really want a dehydrator as well, but I am not sure that it is safer. I could use my toaster oven, which is an electric oven. I would have to plug in the dehydrator so would that be the same risk as my electric toaster oven. I really don't feel comfortable leaving the house or sleeping with the gas oven on. I have been turning it off and then turning it back on when I get home. My rational is that the traditional way of drying seeds was by the sun. I presume non constant heat is fine. What do others think? I am curious to hear how people think about all this.
 

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Excalibur user here. Let me say that they are LOUD!! If you're wanting to dry nuts then you need to have somewhere out of the way to put this kind of dehydrator as it generally takes up to 3 days to properly dry the larger nuts like almonds and cashews. Other than that rather significant detail we've been very happy with the way things have turned out with ours. The thing I make most is raw veggie-flax crackers and they are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Excalibur user here. Let me say that they are LOUD!! If you're wanting to dry nuts then you need to have somewhere out of the way to put this kind of dehydrator as it generally takes up to 3 days to properly dry the larger nuts like almonds and cashews. Other than that rather significant detail we've been very happy with the way things have turned out with ours. The thing I make most is raw veggie-flax crackers and they are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"></div>
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Thanks for letting me know they are loud. I never would have thought to ask that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
BTW, I'd love to learn your veggie-flax cracker recipe~
 

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I'm an excalibur 9 tray (got it right before the holidays). Dried bananas are my favorite. Cashews took 2 days but pecans only 1 day. I spun the nuts in the salad spinner first to get most of the water out. Dried persimmons, dried apples and we tried drying kiwis last night. Its just great to have around because I tend to overbuy fruits and now it just gets dried.
 
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