It's an Excaliber 9-tray model. Look at all this space!
I love that there's no hole in the middle of each tray.
I love that I can check the trays without unstacking and restacking the whole darn thing.
I don't love that it has a larger footprint than the Nesco dehydrator, but I do love that it's shorter than the Nesco 12-tray stack. There's a perfect spot on top of my washing machine where it can live permanently.
The capacity of the Excaliber is actually only half a square foot larger than the Nesco with all 12 trays stacked. However, when the Nesco is fully loaded, it takes FOREVER to dry, and I have to rotate the trays top to bottom multiple times to ensure that everything dries evenly. Plus, filling the square trays is so much easier than filling the round trays (no center hole!).
So here's the first couple batches out of the Excaliber:
- 5 pounds of shredded potatoes
- 2 pounds of dry raw black beans, soaked and cooked
- 1 pound of dry raw garbanzo beans, soaked and cooked
- 1 1/3 pounds of fresh carrots, shredded
- 2/3 pound of fresh carrots, sliced
- 1 bunch of celery, sliced
The reason I cooked the beans even though they were already dried and very store-able, was so I can use them in camping meals or quick soups. Now they just have to be rehydrated by adding boiling water, rather than cooking for an hour.
I currently have a gigantic 100-ounce jar of spaghetti sauce on 7 trays, merrily dehydrating away.
Oh, yes. I am indeed having fun.