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.


I don't like those mornings when i wake up too early and can't get back to sleep.  Today it was about 4am. I tried to catch up on some stuff but i am not with it enough. I thought i had more comments to try and catch up on replying to, but i can't seem to find them.  Maybe they were on the other person's blog.  That is something i wish i was better at keeping up with. I like having blog conversations, but i'm terrible at remembering where i  replied and remembering where i wanted to but didn't.  I wish there was a feature that would show me where i have been. :o)
I did check the tracking on my dehydrator and it has arrived at the FedEx facility in my town, expected to be delivered today. Yay!

I picked another big bowl of tomatoes yesterday. I wonder what i'll dehydrate first? Jerky or tomatoes, lol.

I bought a bunch of oxygen absorbers from Honeyville and they arrived yesterday. I have plenty of new quart jars for storing dried items.  I still have the dehydrator book from the library.

So i guess this is as exciting as its going to get for a while. lol