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Market Review: Excalibur Dehydrator

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I am so pleased that the Prudent Living Market will be carrying the Excalibur Dehydrators! There are so many things you can do with a dehydrator that will help you to have a well-stocked pantry! Drying fruits and vegetables and making your own jerky are just a few of the many uses! You can make your own fruit rolls, use it to make yogurt and best of all it can save you money on your food bills. I have owned an Excalibur Dehydrator for years and have used it to make the best “sun dried tomatoes”! These can then be stored in a glass jar and say fresh all year. Today I am going to dehydrate carrots. My garden produced a bumper crop of carrots and I don’t have the freezer space to store a lot of frozen carrots. Dehydrating carrots couldn’t be easier.

Wash the carrots and trim off the tops. (I also peeled them first) Cut your carrots into ¼” slices. Dehydrate carrots at 100 degrees for about 16 hours. Store dried carrots in a clean, dry, airtight container, in a cool, dark location. Dried carrots can be added directly to stews and soups without rehydrating. To rehydrate, soak in cold water for 30 minutes and drain.

Sure is nice having jars of bright colorful carrots in your pantry!

4 Responses to Market Review: Excalibur Dehydrator

  • Debbie says:

    Someday I hope to have one of these.

  • Gina says:

    I’ve been looking at dehydrators. Thanks for the review!
    Gina

  • Sharon Goist says:

    I have owned a excalibur dehydrator for at least 30 years (probably longer). I don’t know what I’d do without it.
    I use it all year long. I also can (a lot) and freeze (a lot). I have been doing this for 46 years. When you find a deal on onions – dehydrate them and make flakes or blend them add sea salt and make onion salt or powder. Do the same to garlic if it starts to sprout (we plant 2600 heads a year and there are also small ones that don’t sell but dehydrate easily. Then just throw them in blender and you have garlic powder. Dry your lemon, orange skins and blend then you will have all you need of lemon and orange zest at little costs. Dry your herbs. Dry extra bread that is going stale (then blend it for crumbs or leave in pieces for stuffing or bread pudding). Make your own fruit leathers without chemicals and using less than perfect fruit you can get in the sale section. I can go on and on but I think you get the idea. Whenever you get a windfall buy purchase at a sale, in the garden or a gift from a friend also take it. There is some way to preserve it and if you can’t use it pass it along to someone that can. Good luck and have fun! Sharon

  • Nancy says:

    Sharon,
    Great advice, thanks for sharing! I just read about dehydrating garlic and onions too. Something to add to my list of things to try!

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