6 Reasons Why I Love My Dehydrator & Giveaway

I was recently blessed to receive an Excalibur dehydrator from the generous folks over at Cultures for Health, and boy, have I been having so much fun exploring all the wonderful uses of this machine. There is no end to the creativity that can be developed as you learn to use this machine to significantly cut down on food waste in your home while making such wonderful nutritionally dense delights for your family!

Why do I love my dehydrator?

1. Get the most out of our food

I love how the dehydrator will help to preserve and protect the nutrients in our food. According to “Preserving it Naturally” (the companion guide that comes with the dehydrator), “Dehydration is the best way to preserve the essence of raw fruits and vegetables. When raw food is heated to an internal food temperature of 118 degrees or higher, for an extended period of time, its nutritional values begin to deteriorate, especially enzymes. Dehydrating does not subject food to the high temperatures associated with cooking, or traditional canning methods.”

The effects of water removal of dehydrated food is minimal except that some vitamin A and vitamin C are lost. I can also soak and dry my nuts and help break down the enzyme inhibitors that help our bodies digest them more effectively. Sprouting grains is another task that can be completed in order to break down phytates. There is an endless list of food ingredients that can be dried – fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains – practically anything that has water in it.

2. Create fun, healthy snacks for our family

With a few simple steps, I can create granola bars, fruit leather, and jerky and let my dehydrator go to work. Thus far we made yummy soaked granola, fruit leather, and soaked nuts for homemade trail mixes and munching. What fun!

3. Save money

After the initial investment in the machine, you can prepare goodies at half the cost of store-bought brands. Plus, the dehydrator will take significantly less electricity than an conventional oven to prepare our food, cutting back on costs and helping be a good steward of our environment. According to the manufacturer, an Excalibur Food Dehydrator only uses $.04-$.05 of electricity per hour!

4. Easy to use

The Excalibur comes with a delightful book (Preserving it Naturally) with detailed instructions, recipes, and helpful hints on how to create anything and everything my heart desires. ;) I just adjust the temperature as needed and the machine will do the rest.

5. Perfect balance in drying

Unlike many other dehydrators, the Excalibur has the fan in the back of the machine enabling balanced and even drying. All trays get the same even heat.

6. No waste!

The dehydrator helps me to avoid food waste in my home. When veggies or fruit start fading, I can simply lay them out in the dehydrator and preserve them for future use. There is definitely some nutritional lose, as it is preferred to dry fresh ingredients, but they prevent them from going in the compost or trash. Stale bread can be turned into croutons. Old crackers that are starting to get soft can be re-dried to refresh their crispiness.

I have the 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator so that I can prepare many things at once and save on electricity and time in preparation. You can prepare nearly 25 pounds of vegetables in one day in this machine! It is large, but fits nicely on a shelf in our garage. It quietly hums in the background, and fills our garage with wonderful scents. The Exalibur dehydrator is definitely very sturdy, well made, and comes with an excellent warranty. Plus it is BPA free.

The only two things I do not like about this machine:

- The door – I wish it were able to pop open and slid in, but you have to remove it entirely. Not a big deal just annoying at times.
- The lack of a timer – there is no timer on this machine, but a simple fix of purchasing a small timer that plugs into the wall is a cheap alternative.

Protecting our food budget and getting the most out of our food, make this machine a valuable addition and worthwhile investment to any homemaker’s kitchen!

Now for the exciting news!

Cultures for Health is offering you the opportunity to win a 4 tray Excalibur dehydrator for your kitchen (retail value of $150)!

To Enter:

1. Visit Cultures for Health and enter your name and email address. Come back and share why you would love to have a dehydrator and how you would use it.

2. For a second optional entry, share about this giveaway on facebook, twitter or your own personal blog and let us know in a second comment.

3. For a third optional entry, follow @cultures4health and @passionatehome on twitter, and let us know in a third entry.

Note: If the winner would prefer the larger model, Cultures for Health will offer a gift certificate for the price of the 4-tray model so you can apply it towards the bigger one.

Limited to US and Canadian entries.

Giveaway Closed.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

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1,288 Responses to 6 Reasons Why I Love My Dehydrator & Giveaway

  1. Starlit July 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    I entered at the Cultures for Health website

  2. Erica July 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    I am also following passionatehome and cultures for health on twitter. Thank you!

  3. Erica July 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    I also “tweeted” about the giveaway

  4. Erica July 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    I would LOVE to win this dehyrator so that I can make all of the yummy dried fruits, veggies and meats as healthy snacks for my snack loving family! I also would like to start sprouting my grains and this would greatly help me with that!

  5. Rachel Raymond July 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    I would love to dehydrate fruits and veggies. Have myself a garden this year and I’m afraid I won’t be able to eat all the goods before they go bad…this would save lots of home grown goodies for a later date! Entered at Cultures for Health…

  6. Amy July 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    I would love a dehydrator for many reasons…but mostly right now because my dear 8 year old son wants one for me and our family of 7 so bad. He just a few weeks ago secretly registered (with the help of my sister) in another dehydrator give away and wrote them a sweet note sharing his heart with them and why he wanted to surprise me with a dehydrator. They mentiond him on their blog site and said it was so hard for him not to get it (a computer decided the outcome). HOw I would love to bless my son now as he has so loved me with a beautiful heart to give and serve with something that would be so meaningful to me.

  7. tamara July 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    In my quest to make tasty healthier food options available to my family an dehydrator would be an amazing gift to receive. Especially as the summer crops begin to come in. What a great giveaway.

  8. sandy July 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    I would love to have a dehydrator to preserve the summer produce we are able to get up here in the far north of BC. It would be great to have a taste of summer in the winter.

  9. sandy July 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I shared on facebook. Dehydrators are an awesome addition for any kitchen!

  10. N Richert July 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    I would love a dehydrator because I would like to make nourishing snacks for my family. I live in a country where food is very expensive and we have a very small budget. I know that a dehydrator would help me to stretch my budget and nourish my family at the same time.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  11. Katie Dickinson July 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    I also put this on Facebook! What a great way to spread the word.

  12. Katie Dickinson July 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    I would love this dehydrator to preserve the summer harvest and keep growing and buying locally. My youngest has many dietary needs and his snacks have to be monitored closely…this would make yummy snacks I think!

  13. Erica Klarreich July 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    I’d love to be able to dry the extra tomatoes from our summer harvests!

  14. crystal July 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    would love to make jerky and suprise my honey :)

  15. Lori Risch July 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    I would love a dehydrator to dry all these beautiful berries I am seeing here in WA while I am visiting here for the summer. Also to make my own beef jerky, fruit leathers and dried fruit…yummy :)

  16. JeriP July 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    I know this machine is well made and can help us use real food to nourish our family. I would love to win one and learn how to use it well.
    Thank you for your blog.

  17. Alicia Bartlett July 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    I posted this giveaway on facebook.

  18. Alicia Bartlett July 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    I would love a dehydrator. We just started getting natural, organic and healthier and this would really help incorporate fruit and veggies into my family.

  19. Crystal July 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I Tweeted the giveaway!

  20. Crystal July 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    I’m following both on Twitter!!

  21. Suzy Q July 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I would love to have a dehydrator for making sprouting more practical in my home, not to mention fruit leathers and dehydrated fruit for thealthy and yummy snacks for my little ones.

  22. Pam Howard July 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I would love to have this for making fruit leathers for my kids!

  23. Emily July 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Last year I made dried apple chips in a borrowed dehydrator….and they were SO GOOD. I’m anxiously waiting for this year’s crop.