Excalibur Dehydrators

Excalibur food dehydrators are designed to create dried foods. Dehydration is intended to preserve fruit, jerky, or a mix of vegetables. Different sizes and styles of food dehydrators let you choose the one that is right for you.

How do dehydrators work and what are they made of?

Dehydrators dry food with hot air. Foods are sliced thin and put on trays, and hot air is blown across the trays to draw out the moisture. A fan keeps air circulating during the drying process.

Excalibur makes some of their products out of plastic and some out of stainless steel. Both the outer cases and the trays may be made of either material, depending on the model. All the plastic trays are BPA-free.

What is the capacity of an Excalibur food dehydrator?

Excalibur offers two styles of dehydrator: a rectangular style with pull-out trays and a more rounded style with stacking trays. They have from four to 10 trays each, depending on the model.

Four-tray models have 4 square feet of tray space while 10-tray models have 16 square feet. The nine-tray models and other sizes fall between 4 square feet and 16 square feet. You can calculate capacity based on single layers of food slices.

What is the difference between different models of Excalibur dehydrators?

The differences between the models are mainly in relation to power and features.

  • Power: Dehydrators range from 220 watts to 600 watts.
  • Temperature range: All the food dehydrators by Excalibur top out at 165 degrees. Some have a lower temperature limit of 105 while others go as low as 85.
  • Automatic timers: Some dehydrator models have automatic timers while others do not. Of the models that do, some have one timer, and some have two. Having two lets you begin at a higher temperature and then switch to a lower, with a time set for each.
What are drying sheets for?

The trays that come with Excalibur dehydrators are mesh. This material is designed for solid foods, like slices of fruit or meat. There are other things you may want to preserve that would fall or drip through the mesh. This is what the solid drying sheets are for.

The sheets are nonstick. They let you dehydrate things like finely minced vegetables and delicate herbs. They are also essential for fruit leathers, which are made from pureed fruits.

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