View Full Version : just bought a excalibur dehydrator...
the 9 tray variety.. I got it on ebay for $155 shipped.. ;) I was quite pleased with myself as I got in a bidding war in the last minutes and won over the other bidder by 1 cent.. :D
well it's funny, but I immediately got buyers remorse. I happened to be reading [this article] about emotional eating (http://www.rawschool.com/emotionaleaters.htm) (because my wife had just been asking me earlier about why we crave comfort food when we don't feel well, so the title caught my eye) and I started thinking.. "what am I doing!? I need to keep it simple and now I am going off to the deep end and spending all my money", "I bought a food processor a week ago and haven't even used it yet", blah blah blah..
The truth is I don't know yet what I will use the dehydrator for, and it may not be much, for myself at least (besides flax crackers which I enjoy and want to stop paying premium health food store prices for).. But right after the remorseful thoughts, I then thought about my kids, and how they still eat a low percentage of raw foods, and so I encouraged myself that the dehydrator can be a good way to help them.. And then I thought about how we are hosting Easter in a couple weeks, and maybe I can learn to make a few things that will wow the in-laws and keep them off my back, distracted from being distraught over my new eating ways... :)
03-31-2006, 06:36 AM
That's the way to think about it!!! You can make fruit leathers and healthy crackers & cookies for your children. And if you can make some really good things for easter all the better ;)
03-31-2006, 08:40 AM
RawMagnolia .... Congrats on the dehydrator!!! -- what a savvy bidder!!
I did the very same thing when I purchased my dehydrator-- feeling a little 'crazed' because I spent all that $$ on an appliance when I'm trying to keep things simple. ...
Believe me ... you can still keep things simple and reap the benefits of the excalibur. Such a perfect time to get one, too! - coming into summer. You will get deals on fruit and vegs and even herbs ... dry them for use later on. Last summer I got a couple crates of "leftover" tomatoes for almost nothing at the local food stand, dried them, and have been using them in salad dressing, marinara sauce, crackers and ketchup all winter. On the last jar now .. perfect timing!
I love putting apple and banana slices in the dehydrator at night, and having them to pack in my lunch the next day for a healthy snack at work. ...
or ... same thing, mixing up a batch of granola and having it warm out the dehydrator on my sliced bananas the next morning.
or putting soaked nuts with a bit of spice in when I leave in the morning -- a nice finger food if I am relaxing when I get home that night.
and you can do Crackers!!!!
..... and the house smells soooooooo good!
again, Congrats. Enjoy.
03-31-2006, 08:47 AM
I would say pop two appliance cherries with one recipe; pesto stuffed mushrooms. Use the processor to make the lovely pesto, fill the mushrooms, then dehydrate. I don't use my dehydrator a ton but it was well worth the purchase cost and I didn't get the great ebay deal that you did. I too find that if food is about to turn, I can get more out of it by dehydrating it either as is or as leathers. I save overall by not wasting as much. Plus the savings on crackers alone will help you.
I went through all the same worries as you, only I paid a lot more money!
You can still keep it simple, BUT you have the option to experiment and make things if you wish.
My family are neither vegan / raw, but we enjoy sharing dehydrator goodies like stuffed mushrooms, crackers, dried fruits and veggies, cookies etc.
Enjoy your new purchase
03-31-2006, 09:46 AM
being able to make my own crackers will pay off the dehydrator within 6-8 months. Otherwise I would have to pay $1 per ouce for them. That is too much.
03-31-2006, 10:48 AM
My mom and I just got one too! It's great. She is making dryed apples out the nose! she also made flax crackers which look a bit wierd but taste really good. I can't wait to make tortilla chips
i am not a big fan of mushrooms, but I will find something to break it in for sure! :)
does anyone have "Igor's Live Flat Bread Book" by Igor at rawfamily.com? If so, do you like the recipe's? This is something I definitely want to try...
04-04-2006, 10:10 AM
Is worth it's weight in gold, in my opinion!
You can make all KINDS Of healthy snacks for your children! Cookies, cakes, brownies, fruit leather, dried fruit, cereals, crackers, even PIZZA!
It's normal to go through what you're going through... just start using it and you'll love it! Next year you'll tell us it's the best investment you've made so far! :D
04-04-2006, 10:13 AM
i will be buying one soon too - i used to have the 4 tray excalibur, but i gave it away....
what do people recommend - i am thinking of going for the 9-tray this time, or do y'all think 4 or 5 is enough...
04-04-2006, 10:23 AM
I love my 9 tray. I have both sizes and the 9 tray is the one I use the most.
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