The Excalibur EXC10EL stainless steel dehydrator is great for larger quantities of dehydrating. It has ten large drying trays for a total area of 1,45 m2. It is equipped with a large 16,5-cm fan, 600 Watt motor and adjustable thermostat. The case and drying trays are made from hygienic stainless steel, while the door is made from reiforced glass to let you keep track of your dehydrating. All components are manufactured and assembled in the United States.
The motor is placed on the side, which prevents more juicy items from leaking into the motor, unlike dehydrators with motors mounted in the bottom. This protects against short-circuiting of the motor, or dried spills attracting pests. Another advantage lies in the use of drying trays. Like oven trays, they can be easily removed, making space for more bulky items which is impossible with round stacking dehydrators. Unlike competing dehydrators, the trays are compact, square, and have no hole in the middle. Excalibur is the only dehydrator with the unique Parallexx ™ horizontal airflow.
The Two-Time, Two-Temperature digital controller speeds up the drying process. After loading food onto the trays, set the dehydrator at a higher temperature for a specified period of time; and then set the dehydrator at a lower temperature for a specified period of time. The unit automatically adjusts after the 1st setting and turns off when the 2nd setting is complete. This is great for things like beef jerkey, which should have an intial high temperature for hygienic reasons, then a long slow drying time.
The stainless steel trays slide out individually, letting you customize drying space for small or large items which is impossible with stacking dehydrators. Bulky items get dry up to 10 times faster than in round dehydrators. When drying liquids of mixed fruits and vegetables or yogurts, you can cover the drying trays with Paraflexx non-stick sheets. Dried fruits, vegetables or meat jerky are just the beginning! The Excalibur dehydrator is truly a multi-purpose device. Fruit, vegetables, flowers, bread, yogurt, herbs and many other things are possible.
The EXC10EL is Excalibur's flagship model, and is truly a top of the line machine. We have tested it extensively and found it to be the best home dehydrator. It checks all the boxes for us: all stainless steel construction, glass doors, programmable time and temperature, stainless steel trays, and very large capacity. At this price, it is best suited for someone who does a lot of dehydrating. It is our resident herbalist's favorite machine and is used almost nonstop in the summer and fall.
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