As does any dehydrator, the Excalibur Food Dehydrator economically dries fruits, vegetables and meats, while retaining their flavor and providing almost all the nutrition of fresh produce. Other dehydrators however do not have the patented Parallexx horizontal airflow system and are not constructed of the same solid durable polycarbonate material used in airplane windows.
The Excalibur has a square design that contains four to nine trays so the heat waves circulate horizontally through the foodstuffs, which dries it uniformly. With its thermostat, you can adjust the drying temperatures to suit the items you are processing. Without these features, the round dehydrators with one temperature for all, dry from the bottom up, leaving uneven drying of the foodstuffs, loss of flavor, discoloration and spoilage.
Other valued features of the Excalibur Food Dehydrator are the trays that you can remove one or more to adjust for different sizes of the items. The dark door of the dehydrator keeps light from breaking down the nutrients in food that are light sensitive. Not forgetting the end process of dehydration, the seamless bottom of the dehydrator is easy to clean.
The dehydrators from Excalibur range in price from $130 to $350 for home usage and from $6500 to $16,000 for commercial models. The size and features of the appliance determines the price. The $130 model features four removable trays and an adjustable thermostat. The top of the line home model for as much as $350 has such features as:
Only the 3000 series of the Excalibur Food Dehydrator has the 26-hour timer, which allows you to sleep while your appliance works. The machine is built for durability and safety and you can use it continuously for hours and days.
You can purchase the Excalibur directly from the company in Sacramento, California or from a few select stores such as Amazon. The product comes with a one-year warranty; but for $29.95, you can purchase a ten-year warranty.
If you want to test Excalibur, a 30-Day at Home Trial Offer is available, but if you return it dirty, a $25 fee is charged and if you bought it with a free shipping promotion, a 15% restocking fee is charged.
The Excalibur Company divides users into four categories and provides recipes for their particular interest.
Of course, one group not mentioned are those who might be a combination of all of the above...the prepper who is interested in preserving nutritional value of their garden's harvest to add to their long-term storage foods.
Obviously, the dehydrator can preserve all varieties of foods and herbs for storage as well as drying flowers, pet treats and reportedly even dental plaster molds. Reviews of the product on Amazon highly rate the Excalibur although some indicate the 9-tray model is noisier than the other models.
The Excalibur Food Dehydrator is a state of the art appliance that saves money at the same time it provides healthy, nutritional food. For an energy cost of four to five cents per hour, this appliance prepares your food for storage and use for weeks for meats, up to a year for fruits and vegetables and years for herbs.
Preserving and storing your easy to carry food through dehydration, is one smart method of economically preparing for a catastrophic event.