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Recommend a dehydrator

Postby Suz » Sat 21 May, 2016 11:27 am

Hey all,

anyone care to recommend a dehydrator? or even one to avoid? i am looking to make some bulk meals for dehydrating.

how long also do you reckon stuff keeps after drying? and/or will it last longer if you freeze it once dried?

my basic approach is a tendency towards mid-range or above mid range quality that will lasts and will not break down with moderate use. if it is cheap and good, all the better, but GOOD is better than CHEAP any day.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby Mark F » Sat 21 May, 2016 11:39 am

Most driers are fine, just ensure they have adjustable temperature. The circular ones can be a bit small if doing large volumes and ensure you can get tray liners to suit.

I keep my finished foods in the freezer unless they are going to used quite quickly. This especially applies to meals containing meat or oils. I have eaten meals after 12 months in the freezer without issue.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby vanNek » Sat 21 May, 2016 3:39 pm

Xcalibur mate...

http://www.excaliburdehydratorsaustralia.com

You'll never buy another dehydrator in your lifetime.


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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby kitty » Mon 23 May, 2016 12:12 am

+1 Excalibur. Great ptoduct, works really well and the square trays are easy to work with. Get some silicone sheets to go with it for dehydrating soups and sauces.
Keep your finished product away from oxygen and light to make it last longer - think about getting a vac sealer.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby paul_gee » Wed 25 May, 2016 11:26 am

I have a few nuts-for-dehydrating raw vegan mates that swear by Excalibur, and a few that own the top-of-the-line Sedona. The consensus among these guys is generally: buy quality, buy once.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby Suz » Wed 25 May, 2016 9:00 pm

perfect, thanks everyone. i will look out for a good deal on an excalibur with square /rectangle trays, adjustable temp and some silicone sheets :)
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby dunamis » Thu 26 May, 2016 10:19 pm

I'm using a cheap Sunbeam. Only three settings. Works ok but the trays need switching around every few hours which is not ideal if wanting to dry overnight.


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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby zac150 » Fri 27 May, 2016 6:59 pm

sounds cliche but buy what you can afford and yep you get what you pay for.

We started with a vacola it did the job but was small so took a few days to work through food for a trip and for some reason we couldn't dehydrate everything I.e yogurt.

I upgraded to the Excalibur which is amazing, quieter and I can fit a weeks dehydrating for four people at once which does make life easier.

I can also dehydrate yogurt and things which I couldn't before.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby Eljimberino » Sat 28 May, 2016 5:11 pm

Has anyone tried the new Sunbeam DT6000 model?
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby Xplora » Sun 29 May, 2016 6:20 am

Cut the fat out of the meat as this goes rancid. We also vacuum seal everything and then freeze. Oxygen and temperature are the 2 most important things for bugs that can harm you once you take the moisture out. Doing this we have keep food for years and it has been fine. Ours is a Harvest Maid and we have extra trays and some solid trays for the more liquid things. It has done us well but I am sure there are better. As mentioned, square trays would be handy sometimes but really it is about total surface area. Consider their power usage as well if that sort of thing concerns you.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby neilmny » Sun 29 May, 2016 9:56 am

Eljimberino wrote:Has anyone tried the new Sunbeam DT6000 model?


Haven't tried it but it looks the goods.

We have a Luvelo with adjustable temperature from 35C to 68C.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby GBW » Sun 29 May, 2016 10:19 am

Sunbeam here...paid $45 on ebay a couple of years ago and has done the job.

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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby That_Asian_Bloke » Mon 04 Jul, 2016 8:48 am

Here's mine and I swear by it. Initially bought it for my wife but I get more use out of it.

Also for anybody that does multi-day hikes, my wife and I have used it to dehydrate wet wipes.

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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby dagsands » Tue 23 Aug, 2016 10:42 am

Has anyone tried this bio chef 6 tray?
:arrow: http://www.productreview.com.au/p/bioch ... -bcaz.html

I'm seriously considering...
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby dunamis » Wed 24 Aug, 2016 10:11 pm

I'm using the big square sunbeam. Very happy with it


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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby BethJ » Tue 30 Aug, 2016 10:15 pm

This just arrived in the mail today - can't wait to try it out!
https://www.groupon.com.au/deals/panatech-99
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby keithy » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 6:51 pm

BethJ wrote:This just arrived in the mail today - can't wait to try it out!
https://www.groupon.com.au/deals/panatech-99


That seems really cheap for one with a timer! Did that include the shipping as well?
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby BethJ » Fri 02 Sep, 2016 1:20 pm

Shipping was $9.95, but when I signed up to the website, they emailed me a $10 off voucher which I applied straight away, so technically, I got free shipping.
I have put apple and pineapple in it so far and they worked. I'm going to make mixed fruit leather when I get home from work tonight.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby monica2e » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 7:52 am

Keep an eye out on Gumtree & eBay for second hand dehydrators - lots of people buy them thinking they'll use all the time & don't. I bought my Fowlers Vacola from an older woman who was moving into a retirement village & not needing a dehydrator once she left behind all her fruit trees. Bargain at $50 and paid for itself dehydrating DIY meals for the Overland Track for 2 people instead of buying ready made meals.

The Fowlers Vacola has been fine - it dehydrates my food well, no timer or anything but I usually put it on overnight on a weekend when I'm around. The trays usually need rotating as the bottom ones dry faster than the top ones but that's not difficult. I've mostly done ready made meals though rather than individual ingredients. Minced or grated stuff dries better than chunks. My favourite is a lentil bolognese (I'm vego) with extra tempeh & heaps of vegetables blitzed in the food processor into tiny pieces.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby dagsands » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 10:19 am

Eljimberino wrote:Has anyone tried the new Sunbeam DT6000 model?


I'm interested in this one too $179 to $199 with a timer, don't have to rotate trays. Suitable for meat, yoghurt.

Did you end up getting one eljimberino?
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby undercling-mike » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 11:10 am

BethJ wrote:This just arrived in the mail today - can't wait to try it out!
https://www.groupon.com.au/deals/panatech-99


I'll be interested to hear your impressions of this machine and how you go with it. Also wondering if you have the dimensions as I didn't see them on the website?
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby jensnell » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 12:01 pm

I've got an Excalibur 9 tray. Love it, but in hindsight I'd only get a 5 tray. I struggle to fill up the 9 tray and would rather have a bit more room in the kitchen.
I've got one of the excalibur silicon liners and also bought a pack of cheap liners from Amazon.. The silicon liner is so much better, I wouldn't waste time on liners that are anything but now.
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Re: Recommend a dehydrator

Postby dagsands » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 8:44 pm

I bought the sunbeam dt6000 and am very happy with my purchase $185 from Harvey Norman, timer, excellent air movement /fans, instructions. Recommended.
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