Big Black Box

We recently upgraded one of our small appliances and couldn’t be happier.  This thing is awesome!

Excalibur Dehydrator

It has 9 trays and uses both a fan and a heating element to dehydrate.  It is so much more efficient than our other dehydrator.  The fan blows across the food rather than up through all the food.  We put the food in at night and 10-12 hours later it is ready (based on the foods we have done so far).

We have used it to dehydrate food for snacks and for storage.  We dehydrated apples, pineapple and bananas for snacks.  The pineapple was everyone’s favorite, well at least the favorite of those who got to taste it.  I believe the boys and I ate the pineapple before my husband had a chance to have more than a nibble.  The pineapple and apples came out so much better than what you can get in the store.  The bananas on the other hand…we need to tweak that process.

Pineapple and Apples

We dehydrated frozen peas, corn and green beans to have in our pantry.

Peas, Green Beans, Corn

This is 5 pounds of frozen peas, 4 pounds of frozen cut green beans and 2 pounds of frozen kernel corn.  It’s amazing how little space it takes up once it’s dehydrated – 1 cup dehydrated equals 1 pound frozen!  We haven’t tried using these vegetables in our cooking yet, but supposedly they plump up to their normal size and taste just the same.

Tonight’s dehydrating will consist of more apples, pineapple and whatever else we can fit in there!

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One Response to Big Black Box

  1. KS says:

    Let me know how your dried veggies turn out. Soup mix for Christmas sounds nice, hint, hint.

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