I promised to give an update on the dehydrator I bought in December. Here’s the update: I still love it!
At this point I’m still very glad that I didn’t spend a lot of money on an Excalibur. My little store brand dehydrator does a fine job. If I had to pick one thing that I don’t like about it, it’s that the holes in the trays are a little too large, making it difficult to dehydrate small things like herbs without lining the trays with plastic wrap first. But that’s a small inconvenience, as far as I’m concerned. And I’ve been able to just leave the plastic wrap on the trays and reuse it multiple times without any problems. Since the fan is at the back of the unit instead of on the bottom, the plastic wrap doesn’t stop the heat/air from circulating around whatever I'm drying.
Of all the stuff I’ve dried so far, we use the mushrooms the most. It’s so easy to add mushrooms to a variety of dishes. I’ll be buying more mushrooms to dehydrate when they go on sale again.We’re just using everything I’ve dried so far, but I’ve got some oxygen absorbers ready, and plan to start putting up some stuff for long-term storage, either in mylar or in canning jars.