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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-12-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Food Dehydrator

I have to purchase a new food dehydrator fairly soon because I just made 3 pounds of dried liver and have 1 drying tray left. All the other trays have broken from usage during the past 8 months.
I was using a Mr. Coffee dehydrator and the trays are no longer available because the model has been discontinued years ago.

Do all dehydrators use plastic trays? Is this something I can expect from all brands as to lifespan of the trays if they are made of plastic?

I have seen a Ronco at Walmart but wasn't sure if it was any good.

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Re: Food Dehydrator

I got a used Excalibur recently and love it. It has a thermostat on it (so I can make jerky for us too). Have also heard good things about the L'quip (I think that's right). I believe all will have the plastic trays. The Excalibur costs a bit more but do have replacement parts available. Have heard of some people having and running them 10-15 years.

This is a new venture for me but I can say it's a user friendly machine!
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The reason why I am asking about brands is because the Mr. Coffee drying trays were made of a clear plastic and after each use, a few of them would break.

I am very interested in how durable the trays are and how often they would have to be replaced. I could go to e-bay and purchase another unit with trays but it wouldn't solve my problem long term.

There is Ronco and Deni and, I believe, by looking at the pictures, they are using clear plastic as well. I just want something good that will last.

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I've been wanting to get one too, I found this web site to help me figure out what I really need http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-...ehydrator.aspx

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I read that this morning. The problem is that I am the type of person who wants to see a product before purchasing. The products listed are not available locally, at least, not at this time of year.

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look at walmart.com, the nesco/american harvest is on their web site, I think I'm going to go with that. it is only $45 AND has awesome reviews.

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I'm not sure about the Mr coffee ones - the Excaliber is plastic but more of a heavy grid for air circulation and faster drying. I only got mine recently from someone on a food preservation group...these are folks that have something drying almost all the time and they swear that it holds up well. Like I said the thermostat was why I bought it over the ones at Walmart - I got one a few years ago there and there isn't a thermostat on it - drying meat can be pretty risky without it. They are an investment more than something to get for a while - I have the 5 tray one and fit just over 2# of beef jerky and a pound and a half of turkey jerky in one go...and it will not be the last time. :-P The opinions of drying liver and other treats for dogs with/without the thermostat was mixed. These are pretty sturdy trays though - would have to think it'd take some abuse to tear them up! lol
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I googled food dehydrators and one brand was being recalled because a fire could start. Sometimes I hate myself because my memory is going bad so I couldn't tell you which one for sure. I am thinking American Harvester.

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Mr Coffee was recalled in 2007, American Harvest before 2000

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It is a good thing that I didn't win the Mr. Coffee units on e-bay a couple of months ago.

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