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03-05-2009, 11:30 PM
I've been wanting to purchase a dehydrator for some time. In the couple of years that I've been hemming and hawing and see-sawing with raw, I've basically had a blender, a food processor and knives, etc to work with. I've really felt that being able to dehydrate 'sturdier' food might help me stick with it a little better. At the end of the day though, since I have no experience with them, I have a hard time coming up with two hundred dollars for a pricey dehydrator (even though I know people love them). I also really don't have the time to go hunting for a used one. I'm finally settling into the idea of purchasing a Nesco brand dehydrator, 700 watts, for about $65. I know it's round and there will be a hole in the middle of the roundness. Not a big issue. I realize there might be height issues with what I want to dry. Have to pay attention to time food is in, no automation is involved (I'd never leave it home unsupervised and on anyway). Has anyone had experience with these dehydrators? Does anyone have recommendations regarding dehydrators?
I know everyone loves the excaliburs. Until I can determine that this is an appliance I'll use regularly and get good use from, I can't see a point in spending that much money on it.
It's as much a personality issue, I guess. My little car is a base model five speed - just so you know where I am coming from. (c:
blessings and peace, Pammie
03-06-2009, 05:11 AM
03-06-2009, 05:15 AM
03-06-2009, 06:57 AM
Pammie,that might be nice to start with that.Get a feel for dehy and see what you think.
Some people get two after a while.As flavors mix if run together.Say spicy chipotle garlic with your coconut macaroons.....blended together...eeeek.
For me,I didnt really get into dehy until recently and am glad I did but it also is a very personal preference.I know some who have them and never use them.
The reason for this is these foods are heavy raw.They are solid and sit heavy in our bodies.People who want an airy,clean,light feeling and drink juice mostly or smoothies,are not drawn to these so much.
This is all the progression of YOUR raw life and what your body wants. Its nice to be able to have when you need it.To warm soups,melt coconut oil,or make yummy foods.
In the beginning it really helps ones who are transitioning to raw.
As time goes on,many long time raw rely very little on dehy foods. Its all good however each does it.
03-06-2009, 09:53 AM
Thank you spicy and Bette.
I'd love to have an Excalibur, but I just can't come up with that kind of cash right now. I would really have to say I had used one, liked the food produced, etc to really convince myself that was what I wanted. So I'm going to go ahead and get the Nesco and work with it. If it works out for me, I might add an Excalibur to the kitchen at a later date. As an example of how I'm looking at this - I'm more of a smoothie person than a juice person. We have an inexpensive juicer that is gathering dust. On the other hand, I wore out the inexpensive blender and we now have a very nice Breville Ikon. I use it every day. The cost per use goes down every day. (c:
I'm going to have to start thinking of what I'm going to dehydrate and when!
blessings and peace, Pammie
03-06-2009, 09:57 AM
Have you looked at the Good4U dehydrators? I just ordered one, $110 (s+h included). Its a 6 tray. I think I'm getting it today! I know a lot of people have said good things about them. The nescos I looked at were $60-$80 so its not that much more.
03-06-2009, 10:22 AM
Pammie....My body wanted smopthies for a year,then only juice for a while,then some dehy stuff....you just neve rknow what your process will be a what your body will want.I love switching all round.
03-06-2009, 10:23 AM
To me, once I got into three figures I thought I might as well get the big one - either the good for you or the excalibur. (c: I'm the only raw foodist aspirant in the household and the idea is to supplement my food with dehydrated stuff. So I really can't see going there yet.
I'm glad to see that so many people are happy with the good for you. It's an attractive product.
blessings and peace, Pam
03-06-2009, 11:26 AM
I have a Ronco, cheapy one that I bought at a yardsale for $10...it works fine for me. Although I just started really using it last week...I think a I prefer smoothies and fresh fruits and vegs. I do like to use it to try to sway my husband and sons into eating raw.
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