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Excalibur ED2500 5-Tray Dehydrator
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$198.95

Make delicious enzymatically alive raw foods that mimic the flavors and textures of cooked foods. Dehydrating concentrates flavors which is particularly satisfying for those transitioning to a living foods diet. With a dehydrator you can make crackers and crunchy snacks like Ken's Tex-Mex Pistachios, flavored kale chips, salad sprinkles and croutons, or make warm wilted veggies and greens that seem cooked, like Chinese cabbage with mushrooms and terriyaki sauce, or make "carmelized" onions, etc. You can also warm foods for more satisfying raw dishes.



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Excalibur ED2500 5-Tray Dehydrator
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Make delicious enzymatically alive raw foods that mimic the flavors and textures of cooked foods. Dehydrating concentrates flavors which is particularly satisfying for those transitioning to a living foods diet. With a dehydrator you can make crackers and crunchy snacks like Ken's Tex-Mex Pistachios, flavored kale chips, salad sprinkles and croutons, or make warm wilted veggies and greens that seem cooked, like Chinese cabbage with mushrooms and terriyaki sauce, or make "carmelized" onions, etc. You can also warm foods for more satisfying raw dishes.

The Parallexx design, with a temperature controlled, fan forced, horizontal drying system mounted in the rear is exclusive to the 2000 Series. The same features found in Excalibur's USDA approved commercial model in an affordable home unit.

Features:

  • Same footprint as the Excalibur 9-tray, just shorter (8-1/2 in. tall vs. 12-1/2 in.)
  • Removable door and trays — a MUST — allows you to remove trays to dry large items, make yogurt, raise breads, dry crafts, bloom rice, dry sprouted breads, dry pie crust and more. You do not have to take the dehydrator apart to check drying or add more food as with stacking trays.
  • Break-resistant polycarbonate trays, FDA approved for food contact. Removable inserts make cleaning a snap.
  • Controlled environment for a wide variety of uses not possible with air drying.
  • Adjustable Thermostat 85 - 155 degrees
  • 24-page recipe book included with each unit
  • Polycarbonate plastic cabinet and plexiglass door
  • CE Safety Certified

WHICH NON-STICK SHEETS SHOULD I USE, ULTRA, PREMIUM, OR GENERIC?

Non-stick sheets are for dehydrating liquids and batters for fruit leathers, rollups, taffies, crackers and anything that starts out as a puree or liquid since liquids will fall through the mesh sheets included with this dehydrator. ParaFlexx Premium sheets are Teflon-coated fabric, ParaFlexx Ultra are are a bit thicker silicone-coated fabric. Unbranded sheets are generic Teflon coated fabric and are typically thinner, more prone to wrinkling and cracking, and shorter-lived. We at Fresh And Alive have been using these sheets for many years and have found the premium grade are plenty robust to last many years with proper care. The Ultra sheets are unnecessary unless you tend to handle them roughly when washing. Rough handling is not really necessary since anything that sticks to the sheets comes off very easily.

Care

Wash with a soapy cloth or sponge and rinse after each use.

Items Included:

  • Excalibur dehydrator
  • 5 break-resistant polycarbonate trays - 15" x 15" each
  • 5 flexible polyscreen mesh sheets (for drying nonliquid foods)
  • 5 Excalibur brand premium Paraflexx drying sheets (for liquids, ships separately)
  • 1 24-page recipe book
  • 1 operation manual

What is it?

Benefits

Why the Excalibur Dehydrator?

Most dehydrator manufacturers offer round stackable models with a fan and heating unit in the bottom. So you are limited to drying foods that fit within a narrow tray height, and food, liquids, etc. fall into the fan at the base of the dehydrator, creating odors that can affect the flavor of future batches, and possibly damaging or prematurely wearing the fan and heating elements. Excalibur pioneered a rear-mounted equipment package allowing horizontal or parallel air flow known as "The Parallexx System" that provides steady, even drying throughout the dehydrator, from top to bottom. No rotating trays as with stackable models.

Excalibur or Tribest Sedona Dehydrator?

There are several differences between the Excalibur and Tribest Sedona® dehydrators that you should be aware of to make your buying decision. The Sedona® is better made and has more sound insulation and is MUCH quieter than the Excalibur. The Excalibur is fairly loud and can be annoying if one is sleeping in its vicinity. The Sedona® is very quiet to begin with and has a "night mode" which slows the fan speed and makes it whisper quiet. The Sedona® has two fans, one above the other, and one can be turned off so you can put a solid tray in the middle of the dehydrator to create a smaller heat space if you don't need the full dehydrator, saving energy. The Sedona® has a glass door so you can see the progress of your food, while you must remove the door of the Excalibur to check, blasting you with warm air, cooling the dehydrator, and wasting a little energy. The Sedona® has a temperature display while the Excalibur doesn't, however, both dehydrators are notorious for having inaccurate thermostats, so if you intend to keep the drying temperature below 115 degress F for live food, you'll need a thermometer in either dehydrator, at least periodically. The Sedona® has a timer for auto shutoff, the Excalibur doesn't. The Sedona® has 12.4 square feet of drying area, 8.27% less than the Excalibur's 15 square feet. But with nonstick sheets for all 9 trays, the Sedona® costs almost twice as much as the Excalibur. Both dehydrators dry food equally well; the Excalibur is more a noisier no frills model for people on a budget and it is quite adequate. Both dehydrators will last for many years.

Excalibur Parallexx System Advantages:

  • Complete drying system in rear (includes thermostat and fan).
  • Easy to clean – spills fall on seamless bottom, not a drying fan or nooks and crannies.
  • Horizontal drying provides even drying, eliminating tray rotations.
  • Fast drying – adjustable thermostat allows perfect drying every time.
  • Square design increases drying area 25% with no holes in center of tray as with stackable dehydrators.
  • Versatile – trays can be removed to expand drying chamber for a much larger variety of applications than stackable models

Stacking Dehydrator Disadvantages:

  • Stackable dehydrator's heating element is in bottom, so food spills fall into the electrical components and are hard to clean, and creates smells.
  • Trays have a fixed height so thick foods or objects (e.g. flowers or large leafy greens) cannot be dried.
  • Trays closest to heat source dry first, requiring you to rotate trays.
  • Much smaller drying area since trays have a hole coming throuhg their middle to allow air to rise to top trays.
  • Many do not have a fan or thermostat.
  • Hard to clean... Spills fall directly on electric components.
  • Vertical drying requires tray rotation as trays closest to heat source dry first.
  • Slow drying...Units without fan or thermostat may spoil food or not dry at all.
  • Round design cuts off corners and has holes in center, reducing usable drying area.
  • Non-adjustable stackable design restricts size of drying chamber.

Ingredients:

Specifications

  • Horizontal air flow
  • Polycarbonate plastic cabinet and trays
  • 13/16" space between trays
  • Electro-mechanical thermostat (rheostat) 85 to 155 degrees
  • 8 square feet of total drying area
  • Removeable plexiglass door
  • 5" fan
  • Continuous operation, no timer
  • 120 volts AC, 60 HZ, 440 watts
  • Overall dimensions: 8-1/2" High x 17" Wide x 19" Deep
  • Weight: 16 lbs.
  • Sold for use in the USA only. Contact us for international models.

Warranty:

Limited 5 Year warranty.

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