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 Post subject: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:06 am 
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I purchased an Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator some time last year and have to say it comes in handy.

We have dried chillies, herbs and made our own jerky. The last thing to be shoved in the dehydrator was 1.6kg of chocolate habanero chillies.

I never grew these ones myself, they came from the person i purchased my choc hab seedlings from. As he had a glut of excess pods he said I could pick my fill.

Anyhow the 1.6kg of pods becomes 160gms of chilli powder. For me the dehydrator is a good way to ensure what I grow is not wasted if I can't consume it or freeze it.

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:22 am 
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I've got one somewhere. Makes nice jerky.

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:29 am 
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Nice work LV. That's a serious amount of heat there :thumb:

I have a large Harvest Maid that I bought around 20+ years when I started work. Bet I was the only guy in the mining camp with one too :shock:

I bought it to make jerky as we used to do a lot of trips out into the bush/desert and it was always a popular snack to have along.

It's still going today so I'm definitely impressed with the quality of the machine !

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:23 pm 
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we use our sunbeam one all the time, but we haven't managed to do jerky on it yet

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:01 am 
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I did some jerky once - but I think I ate too much in one sitting - not pretty!


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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:18 am 
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When I do a batch of jerky I make one that is non chilli, the rest then ranges from mild to deadly. I've made it to hot for me to consume a couple of times.

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:42 am 
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We got a good one from Ebay, 3 trays only and makes great jerky, also got a vacuum sealer for about $35 posted with bags etc and works great also

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:23 pm 
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Thanks for the reminder Paul - I need to get on and get one of those vacuum sealers. You seem happy with yours and I think F&F has the same as you and his is going well too.

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:01 pm 
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yes they are cheap but excellent, I can't actually find the one I bought but ebay has plenty

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:32 am 
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Does anyone own one of these model Dehydrators?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/EziDri-Ultra-FD1000-Food-Dehydrator-/250699519006?pt=AU_SmallKitchenAppliances&hash=item3a5edb141e

Considering Buying one in the near future, any brands to watch out for that are bad??? any good ones etc.....


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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:26 pm 
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Jamey wrote:
Does anyone own one of these model Dehydrators?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/EziDri-Ultra-FD1000-Food-Dehydrator-/250699519006?pt=AU_SmallKitchenAppliances&hash=item3a5edb141e

Considering Buying one in the near future, any brands to watch out for that are bad??? any good ones etc.....

Seems expencive price a Fowlers


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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:44 pm 
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The fowlers look good Cheers :cheers:


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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:24 pm 
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we have one, was a gift, we have about 15 trays for it now

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:56 pm 
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The only bad thing I've heard about the circular trays is they dry out unevenly. So you have to swap trays around to get a consistent finish.

I was considering the Ezi-Dry 1000 when I first started looking around for one.

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 Post subject: Re: Dehydrators
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 5:30 pm 
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We have a Sunbeam, with circular trays, and we do need to swap them around. It is great to preserve the excess apricots and tomatoes, and we regularly dry herbs and chillies too. It is better than air drying because the colour seems to be preserved better.

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