Wednesday, September 8, 2010

And now for something completely different

The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king. (Monty Python's Holy Grail)

you know i had to do that.... 

Ok, so it finally arrived a short while ago.  Where it had been delayed in shipping, i was a little concerned that maybe it had gotten damaged and FedEx was doing whatever it is that they do when they realize they've destroyed something.  But it turns out that nothing of the sort was going on.

The box was perfect

Oh, it is nice!  I had read a few reviews at Amazon before i bought it. Some people were whining that it was basically a plastic box with a fan in the back.  Duh.  An oven is just a metal box with a heat element in it.

I was expecting plastic that might feel a tad flimsy but i wouldn't mind.  What arrived is far sturdier than i expected.  It is a very solid piece of equipment.

The other thing i wasn't sure about was the noise.  Its really not that bad!  I mentioned before that i have two older dehydrators to compare this with. One is a Durabrand and the other is a NESCO FD-39.  The Excalibur isn't quite as silent as the Durabrand, but it is much quieter than the NESCO.  The Durabrand is only that bit quieter because it is much smaller really.... the NESCO is just plain annoying.  But, yes...  definitely i can see running the Excalibur throughout the day and night and it not be a disturbance.
My model has an on/off switch on the temperature control- and i love that. I don't like appliances that only turn on by being plugged in.

All i need to do now is wait for someone small and cute to get ready for her nap so i can empty the clean dishes from the dish washer. Then i can run the dehydrator trays and mesh through some hot vinegar water to clean them for use.
Hmmm,  what to dry first?

If i want to make jerky it will have to take time to be prepared- marinated.
So i think i'll try some of those extra bags of frozen veggies i have taking up space in the freezer. They shouldn't take too long to dry and the machine will be free to use for jerky tomorrow.

Sounds like a plan.


Michelle said...

Oooooh, it has so many shelves! *drool*

Faith said...

Hey, yours looks a lot cleaner than mine...

I love the temperature setting as well. I pretty much use about 110 - 115 by default. A compromise between speed and enzymes.

Can't wait to hear how they turn out!


icebear said...

Michelle- *giggle*

Faith- its only going to be spotless for a limited time! Amazing how small carrots shrink.
I can't wait to try dehydrating watermelon... i think the kids will like it.

Lexa said...

So, I bet you have used it by now. Is it working well and are you having fun ? :) Enjoy!

Leah Rachelle said...

I love making jerky in the dehydrator. We haven't used ours in years... I need to ask my mom where it is. Hopefully we haven't sold it!

Hope everything turns out wonderfully!

icebear said...

i have! i am! :o)

its a great machine!

i have some pictures, just have been very tired and trying to keep up with life so i haven't had a lot of time to write things down, but i plan to try to do some sort of entry soon!

Faith said...

Where, oh, where, are you tonight? Why did you leave me here all a-lone? I searched the world over an' I thought I'd found true love.

Yooo met another and "thhpppht" I was gone....

~~ OK, so it's not exactly right for the situation, but I do miss your blogging!!!!!! LOL


icebear said...

i'd like to say that i've been too busy, but that wouldn't be completely honest. but i haven't lost interest or had nothing to blog about, i simply have gone the lazy route and not taken the time to type up an entry.
its been fun to do, so i definitely plan to get back to it.
hopefully tomorrow. :o)

I haven't even had the chance to catch up on the blogs i have been following.

All is well!