SOOOOOOO excited, I can hardly stand it.  I returned from Colorado to find one of the Excalibur Dehydrators sitting at my door.  Let the adventures begin!  

Dehydrating is one of the oldest methods of preserving food known to civilization yet it’s so new and thrilling to me.

I have memories of my mom using one when I was young and I’m quite confident I wasn’t all that excited about it back then.  That may be because my mom said it never worked very well…it was one of those that operated off a light bulb…so needless to say, not too many memorable treats were served up.

I was reintroduced to the dehydrators by my friend and upcoming guest Sheree Clark and have since been reading up and compiling all the different ways I’ll be able to use this little black beauty……..

  • To preserve things from the garden
  • To create healthy treats for packed lunches, road trips, hikes, etc.
  • To experiment, experiment, experiment with these incredible new ways of ‘cooking’ and share, share, share.
  • etc, etc, etc……

I was hesitant to add another ‘appliance’ to the kitchen area, but there is an abundance of friendly advantages to dehydrating…especially in the way of preserving.  Dried food takes up less space than frozen or canned.  No electricity is required to keep the food and very little energy is required to process the food.  Not to mention the increased nutritional benefits with this preservation process.

Primitive people, American Indians, Pioneers….they all used to dehydrate naturally by the sun…and some day when I have that kind of time maybe I’ll give that a try as well, for the fun of it.  In the meantime, I’m going to use this new addition to the kitchen in healthy exciting ways and share my newfound love of dehydrating with anyone and everyone.   I’ll be filling up those trays tonight….only question is “with what goodies shall I start?”

Do you dehydrate?

michele.

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  2. Becki Cunningham says:

    The Excaliber is the best!!! My Dad had one and did veggies for soups and we had a huge apple tree in the back yard. He had it worked out how many apples filled a tray, how many trays filled a gallon ziplock, and how many gallon ziplocks would fit in the upright freezer. I inherited that wonderful machine and it is the best for making jerky. unfortunately, that wonderful machine met with a flood, but was useful for over 10 years. You take care of yours and I hope to see some recipes on your show.

  3. Peggy Thomas says:

    If you have not already discoverd Russell James–The Raw Chef, he is awesome. I also found a new to me magazine called Clean Eating, I really enjoyed the recipes and all the healthy hints.

  4. Lori says:

    I’ve been wanting the Exclaibur for quite some time now. As I understand, not only does it dry foods, it can also help make yogurt. My kids can go through so much yogurt, that I hope I can make healthier, cost effective yogurt for the family some day.

  5. jackie says:

    I have done tomatoes, bannanas apples and some herbs in the past, however not recently.

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