Monday, 1 June 2015

Its arrived

Its arrived - my new Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator with temperature and time  control.  For over five years I have looked to acquire one - as I could see the scope of this expensive piece of machinery in my household of not only giving me the option to do things quickly and efficiently with good quality produce to boot but also taking advantage of reduced items and gluts and adding interesting ingredients to my Pantry shelf.  Sometimes you have to spend to accumulate, but I hope that this will help with potential waste which I hate.  

I am itching to get started with this and have already bought some oranges to make dried fruit peel and orange powder to reconstitute to make a fruit drink which should ensure a regular supply of vitamin c to the diet

I have to clear a space in the dining room to set the machine up safely so that the cats leave it alone and then I shall get started.

OH goes fishing so I thought it would be  good way of feeding him as well.He particularly likes jerky, trail mixes anything that makes his life easier.  It will also help quite a bit with my crafting i.e. salt dough creations, home made pot pourrifruit powders, home seasonings, dried fruits for adding to my home made cereals and baking, home made liqueurs/cordials, breadmaking (it can be used for proving dough), dried fruit slices for inclusion in home baking and/or making home made garlands for the Christmas season.  I have a very active herb bed at the moment particularly with my black peppermint so I thought I would have a go at making my own mint teabags and drying herbs generally.  There are also recipes for home made animal treats as well which should keep the cats and dogs happy - but then again you never know with the motley crew sometimes they are just a tad fussy. then there is the opportunity of candying fruit, making my own yogurt, dried veggies for use in soups and stew through the winter months,

I foresee that this piece of equipment is going to fit in just well.  There is going to be lots of experimentation.  

I am looking forward to the autumn harvest and being able to dry berries, hips and haws. Rosehips are very good with assisting with my medical conditions but I need to create in effect a year's supply to supplement my diet and with the machine this should make my life a lot easier.

I shall post updating articles as I get to play but I am very much looking for the to the playing.

Catch you soon.




  1. I agree, sometimes you have to 'invest' a little money in order to save it in the future.
    Have fun playing with your new toy !

    1. Hi Wean

      Have been after one for years - am looking forward to the playing. I hope you are keeping well.

      Tricia x

  2. This looks exciting! I look forward to reading about your adventures with it.

    1. Hi Rowan

      i am itching to get playing but think it will be the weekend before I get to test drive as am out a couple of nights this week. I will post as I believe that this is a useful bit of kit and will give more scope to the things I can and cannot do;

      Perhaps every kitchen should have one.

      Take care



  3. Its the same one I invested in, brilliant bit of kit.
    left over gravy I dehydrate and stock then powder them, left over mash potatoes, in fact left over anything, also yogurt to make some yogurt leathers that the grand kids love (so do I) after using oranges and lemon for juice I zest dry and powder then use it as zest in baking, I also do surplus eggs. Have fun :-)

  4. I am glad you are of the same view.. I thought it would be helpful for saving things which might otherwise get wasted. I like the idea of the yogurt and the eggs. I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this. Think it will be the weekend before I get to play though - probably Saturday night. I am itching to get started. Take care. Tricia x

  5. Looks like a great investment - happy dehydrating!
    Rose H


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