Let me start at the beginning. Last year a friend of mine signed a contract to carry out a job in London and asked me if I would like to borrow 'Excalibur' whilst she was away. Excalibur being a food dehydrator. Of course I jumped at the chance to have a play and enjoyed doing some experimenting. But as with all good things I received a text message and the playtime came to an end!!
So what was I to do??
Look into buying my own of course!!
There are lots of dehydrators out there, different makes, models and designs and, to be honest 'Excalibur' is probably the most expensive on the market but my friend had tried a few before going for that model and found that none were as good.
So this left me doing a little research and purchasing my own dehydrator.
I got my dehydrator from!! UK Juicers as after much research nowhere could do me a better deal...including Ebay.
Postage was free standard next day delivery with a text giving me an hours delivery slot. The dehydrator was packaged securely.
So this is the front of the dehydrator. The door totally removes in order for you to get the trays out. I went for the ten tray model.....
....with the timer on it so that I didn't have to worry about putting it on whilst I was out. It is quite big and a little noisy so mine lives in the shed. This way it isn't take space up in the house and the noise doesn't bother us.
I also got.....
some parraflex sheets too. These aren't necessary for drying dry foods but they are easier to use than cling film if you intend on making fruit leathers and such. I purchased 5 of these as I didn't feel I would need one for each shelf.
also included with the dehydrator was your usual users manual with some handy tips and a few recipes plus an extra book free of charge.
This is a great book with lots of recipe ideas and tips to help you make the best out of your dehydrator that usually retails at £18.95 so I was very happy to get it free of charge!!
So there we have it...my latest purchase in order to help me to make the most of the produce I grow and also create some other things whilst I'm at it.
My total purchase cost was £328. So certainly not cheap but after getting the chance to 'try before I buy' I know this is a good investment for me!!
I will let you know in time some of the things I try out.
Still not totally up on everything but hoping to get caught up with some of my favourite blogs over the next few days and also hoping it won't be another week before I get another post up!!