I get asked quite frequently “which is the best dehydrator?” And why not? There are so many wonderful things you can do with a dehydrator and they are so easy to use and there are so many to choose from. Plus, when paired with a good Food Saver you can store your dehydrated products for a very long time making your own food storage! So how do you know which dehydrator you should buy?
Well in a perfect world these are the things you want to look for in a dehydrator…
- The dryer not on the top or bottom. You see a dehydrator works by blowing warm dry air on the food allowing the water to evaporate from the product. However, if you have the blower or dryer on the top or the bottom it won’t dry your food evenly.
- A dial that allows you to control the heat.
- A built-in on off switch
Um…so those are really the only things you want to look for in a dehydrator perfect world…where price is not an issue. Fortunately, there is a dehydrator that has this…unfortunately it is only in one brand-The Excalibur. Sounds fancy just in the name, doesn’t it? There is a fabulous lady in my neighborhood that I work with who actually has a top dryer dehydrator (like a Nesco) and a back/side dryer (Excalibur) and put them to the test to see which worked best. Well it isn’t surprising that the Excalibur dehydrator dried the food in a faster amount of time and created a better product that was evenly dried.
Now, if you have a Nesco (like me) don’t fear! Nesco’s dehydrator (a top drying dehydrator) works-good enough. Especially, if you’re not an avid dehydrating family. However, I will admit that I am saving my pennies for an Excalibur. Why? Because my eyes have been opened to all the things you can do with a dehydrator…and honestly, it’s amazing. (READ: more great posts and videos on this to come!)
So in the meantime- if you’re looking for a great deal on an Excalibur you can
- buy it off Amazon-let’s be honest Amazon is always cheap plus you don’t pay sales tax or shipping.
- if you’re in Utah-I have seen them at Costcos in the Summer
- you can always check garage sales, family members, and ksl classifieds (if you’re in Utah)
Other options for dehydrators are…
- if you have a convection oven (not a conventional oven) you can use that as a dehydrator.
- you can also dehydrate foods in your Sun Oven!