Cut all your items the same thickness – They will dry at different times if you cut them different thicknesses. We have tested a range of knives and slicers which are very helpful for this.
You don’t need to fill each tray – If you are doing a small load, just leave the empty trays in the dehydrator. Your dehydrator is designed to work with all or none of the trays so you have the flexibility to do as much or as little as you desire.
Experiment with your drying times and thickness – Everyone has different tastes. You might like like to dry some foods longer so they are crispy and other foods less so they are more chewy. Keep notes on the types of foods and times so you can use them as a reference for next time.
Purchase the Preserve It Naturally book – This book is a wonderful resource. It covers everything you need to know about dehydration and how to make the most of your dehydrator.
Store your Paraflexx sheets in the bottom of your dehydrator – This is a great way to protect your sheets when you are not using them and they can double as a drip liner for easy cleaning. If you are drying something that drips it will fall on the Paraflexx sheet, then all you need to do is remove the sheet and wipe it off. The bottom of your dehydrator will stay nice and clean.
Cleaning the Paraflexx sheets – Do not soak your Paraflexx sheets. This will damage them. Simply wipe them down with a warm soapy cloth and then again with clean water.
Not sure if your foods are dry enough – Put some of your dried foods in a zip lock bag and check it after a few minutes. If you see water droplets in the bag then your need to dry the food more. Some fogging is normal as the food cools but if there are large water droplets then you need to dry it for longer.
Recrisping Crackers and Other Foods – There is no need to throw away crackers, chips, cookies or cereal that have become stale. Recrisp them by placing them in a single layer on the drying trays and drying them for 1 hour at 145ºF.
Drying Bread for Bread Crumbs – Put your extra bread in your Excalibur to dry for making bread crumb recipes. Dry slices, burger buns, hotdog rolls, and any other bread until they are crispy. Crumble by hand or process for a few seconds in your food processor. Store in air tight containers until needed. Add your favorite herbs and spices to create stuffing mixes for side dishes or poultry stuffing.
Drying Almond Bread – After baking, slice your almond bread and place it in the dehydrator until crisp. Another batch can bake in the oven while it dries.
Use your Paraflexx sheets as baking sheets in the oven. They are rated to 400F/204C.
Paraflexx Premium sheets are great for ironing fiddly craft work.
Fix cassette tapes – Preheat the dehydrator to 130-140F. Thoroughly clean and dry trays and place cassettes on the trays side by side with space. Allow to dry for 8 hours. Allow to cool for a couple of hours and hopefully the oxide layer will reglue to the tape.
Restore wet electronics – This doesn’t always work, it didn’t work on our Macbook but it did work on the Nokia phone that went into the irrigation channel!
Incubating eggs – The Excalibur dehydrator makes a pretty good incubator apparently. Temperature needs to be kept to around 100F and a water filled pan at the bottom of the dehydrator. There are a few online resources for this subject.