Dehydrator Pros and Cons – Easy Food Dehydrating Video Newsletter

Dehydrator Pros and Cons – Easy Food Dehydrating Video Newsletter

November 2, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


Hello and Welcome to Easy Food Dehydrating’s
Video Newsletters. Today’s topic is: “Dehydrator Pros and Cons to Consider Before Buying …” by Susan Gast In this video newsletter, I’ll go over the
pros and cons of the two food dehydrators I own which is the Nesco™ and the Excalibur™
brands. Both of these dehydrators are great but I’ll start with the stackable Nesco™
dehydrator. The pros for the stackable Nesco™ is you
can add as many trays as necessary and the accessories are quite affordable! The cons to the Nesco™ stackables: I don’t
have a timer and I don’t have an on and off switch. When you are first starting out dehydrating,
you might go for the model with the fewest trays for the “cost factor.” Due to the Nesco™’s
stackability, be aware though that you must not run a Nesco™ dehydrator with any less
than four trays. Now, why is this? Well, having four trays makes sure that you have enough height
for the proper warm air circulation. If you have any less, the warm air won’t circulate properly.
If you find that you love dehydrating (and why wouldn’t you?!) you can easily purchase
more trays online and expand your Nesco™ dehydrator’s capacity. If you only have enough
food for two trays, simply insert another tray above and below one of the trays to make
up the 4-tray minimum total. The great part about being able to stack as
many trays as you need is just that! This way you won’t be running your dehydrator with
empty trays as could be the case with a fixed-amount-tray unit. You’ll be drying just the amount you
want to dry. On my Nesco™ dehydrator the temperature dial is right
on the lid making it very easy to find and use. To start it, you simply plug it in. Now
this is one of my “pet peeves.” If you’re at all like me and don’t like the idea of
plugging something in and out of the wall socket to turn it on and off – especially
if you’ve got damp hands – then plug the dehydrator first into an outlet strip and then use the
on/off switch on the outlet strip. It’s safer! Next up is the Excalibur™ dehydrator pros
and cons. The pros in my opinion are: you can take out
alternate trays for “taller” foods; affordable accessories just like the Nesco™; and you
can use the Excalibur™ as a bread proofer! Now the cons for the Excalibur™: they are
a little more expensive and you get to spend more though on a proper on and off switch
and a timer. The Excalibur™ model I purchased was the
“starter” 4-tray dehydrator. To access the trays, you lift out the front which is a very
lightweight flap; therefore you can then simply slide the trays out. The temperature dial
is on top of the machine towards the rear. Just like the Nesco™ model, this only works
by plugging it straight in and out of the wall socket so please use the outlet idea
here too. However, if you opt for a pricier Excalibur™ dehydrator, you will more than likely find
that they did include a proper on and off switch along with a timer – so that’s handy! After you’ve filled your dehydrator in the
morning, the timer will turn the machine off later on if you’re out at work, or shopping,
or out digging in the back garden! Another great use for the Excalibur™ is
as a bread proofer! Yes, you can use it to raise your bread dough! How? Take out the
top trays – leave the lower one in. At the very bottom of the dehydrator, partially fill
a foil pan with clean water. Put in your bread dough on top of the lower tray in its baking
pan, cover the bread with a cloth to keep your dough from drying out. From then on,
follow the bread recipe after proofing. A 4-tray dehydrator is fine for proofing hot-dog
buns but for a loaf of bread? Well, I think a 9-tray unit will be better suited for you
as you’ll get the required height to proof a full loaf of bread! A pro for Excalibur™ dehydrators too is
the ability to take out the alternate trays. This is a great feature for foods that would
otherwise get “squished” between the trays such as broccoli and cauliflower florets which
tend to be a bit on “tall side.” For either machine that doesn’t have a built-in
timer, consider purchasing a timer that is used for turning lamps on and off. If you
know that you’re not going to be home on time to turn it off, the handy timer will turn
the dehydrator off for you. I’m looking forward to telling you much much
much much more about food dehydrating and sharing tips and tricks on safe food dehydrating
that I’ve learned along the way. Also you’ll learn about storing your food safely for long-term
food storage … so please join me here again at Easy Food Dehydrating Video Newsletters!
Bye for now!