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the best food dehydrator on the market . . . part 1 of 3

Robyn Openshaw - Dec 11, 2008 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Today I’m telling you about one of my favorite tools for incorporating fantastic plant-food nutrition into your diet.   This is my favorite appliance, second only to the BlendTec Total Blender.   It’s the Excalibur dehydrator, my “oven,” the best rated food dehydrator in the world.   See if the person who loves you most wants to get you this for Christmas:

Get your dehydrator now!

You can buy cheaper food dryers.   The cheap ones do not have temperature controls, unfortunately, so if you’re going to buy one of the small, Walmart-type brands, you’ll have to vent by opening up the trays, and use a thermometer to try to control the heat to not go above 116 degrees.


But you truly can’t buy one better for preserving the nutrition in raw foods than Excalibur’s.   If you have a family, you can also make big batches because the 3000 models have nine trays, so you can dry several recipes at once, or doubled/tripled batches.

Excalibur is not only the gold standard in dehydrating, but the company knows raw food well and is used and endorsed by all the pre-eminent raw foodists (Cousens, Boutenko, Kulvinskas, and more).   Dehydrating is the best way to preserve the essential properties of fruits and vegetables, and those are ENZYMES, VITAMINS, and MINERALS.   It’s also a great way to preserve the summer harvest and stock up your pantry with LIVE food.

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17 thoughts on “the best food dehydrator on the market . . . part 1 of 3”

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  1. Whew! I ordered one just prior to this post and I am glad I picked the right one. 🙂 I have been using my spouted almonds a few ways that don’t need a dehydrator. (and posted about it.) and I am looking forward to making some healthy dehydrated almond snacks with all the wonderful almonds I recently purchased through the bulk order.

    Thanks for all the information!

  2. I’m getting the 4 tray for Christmas 🙂 I actually asked for a cheaper one, but my stepmom did research and wanted to get me an Excalibur!

    I still can’t justify a Blendtec, but one of these days……….

  3. Robyn,

    Do you use the ascorbic acid or other preservative to dehydrate fruit?


  4. http:// says:

    I don’t use any preservative and haven’t ever had any problems with dehydrated fruit. I do keep them in the fridge sometimes, though.

  5. Does your fruit turn brown while dehydrating? I continued reading the excalibur manual and saw that an alternative to the Ascorbic Acid is dipping in a lemon juice. I guess you are not doing that either?

  6. http:// says:

    Well, you can do that (dip in lemon juice) with something like bananas that would look really yucky browned a little, yes. Totally up to you. I have done that on a rare occasion, but mostly I do peaches and apricots, and if their color isn’t perfect, I don’t mind.

  7. What did you think about the Bosch dehydrator? The one your friend suggested? (If I’m remembering accurately…forgive me if not.) :o)

  8. http:// says:

    It was just sold at the Bosch store here locally. She really likes it (she doesn’t much care about raw food, but as long as it has a temperature gauge, that’s the biggest thing).

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have an excalibur & I love it and use it all the time! I have to keep it in the laundry room because my husband doesn’t like the noise it makes though. I have the 9 tray one with the temp. gauge and timer.


    1. Debbie says:

      Thank you for that suggestion, Leslee. My husband snuck my beautiful Excalibur it into the garage sale when we moved a few years back. I have been trying to justify a new one. Maybe he will let it be in the laundry room!

  10. Anonymous says:

    The Bosch is quite a bit cheaper. How does it compare to the Excalibur?

  11. Anonymous says:

    the bosch L’equip supposedly has an accurate tempurature–right? wouldn’t that be the main thing in preserving nutrients? –so If i get that one–i shouldn’t be worried about nutrient content-am i right?!! thanks!

  12. http:// says:

    Excalibur is the gold standard, but any model like the L’Equip that allows you to control temperature is great!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Lala: The L’equip does check the temperature every several seconds. So, it should run pretty consistent.

    However, I have a friend with a L’equip and she discovered that it was running at a lower temp than it was set at. I assume this could happen with any device, Excalibur or not. My Nesco seems to run hot, so I marked the dial with tape. You’ll want to check periodically, especially since you are concerned with it not exceeding certain temps.

    My friend also has to rotate trays. Most brands claim that you don’t, but in reality, one tray is closer to the heater and one is further. The Excalibur has the fan on the side, which seems like a better design.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have the living foods dehydrator and I *LOVE* it! It has square trays, which I love, because I feel like I get more fruit on it than with a round tray. It has levels, not a temp gauge, but has a thermometer that comes with it. I watch it pretty closely the first couple of hours and then it is pretty consistent. I also rotate my trays part of the time. I can’t afford a new dehydrator, but I have had fantastic success with this one!

    Here is the link to them:

  15. Anonymous says:

    I got a four tray Excalibur dehydrator for Christmas. I was disappointed that it was made out of plastic. Aren’t you concerned about plastic permeating your food while it dries?

  16. Dehydrating foods (vegetables and fruits) are the best for incorporating plant-food nutrition into your diet.

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