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Discussion Forum

Ceramic knives

Started by Andrea Chancey. Last reply by Penni Dec 20, 2015. 2 Replies

fermentation crocks and stones

Started by HippyDaisyChick. Last reply by Chris Sep 7, 2015. 2 Replies

Omega VRT 350 question!

Started by Beth Armsheimer. Last reply by Mike D May 18, 2015. 12 Replies

Electric Pressure cooker

Started by Kelli. Last reply by jmari May 6, 2015. 5 Replies

Need New juicer

Started by Tabitha Taylor. Last reply by Kathleen Kelly Aug 31, 2014. 3 Replies

Please give me some tips to help me with my dehydrator

Started by Camille Turner. Last reply by Mary Kay Simoni May 16, 2014. 8 Replies

Anyone have experience with the Ninja Mega System?

Started by Tracy Smith. Last reply by Karen Cacciola Feb 24, 2014. 14 Replies

Oster Versa Better than a Vitamix?

Started by Kay Lucia. Last reply by Penni Jan 30, 2014. 3 Replies


Started by Cindy Borggrebe Jun 11, 2013. 0 Replies


Started by Susan : ). Last reply by sherry jean jahrmarkt May 19, 2013. 30 Replies

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Comment by Kansas on June 11, 2011 at 2:39pm
Its time to replace my big kitchen knife... any suggestions?
Comment by Karen Cacciola on April 29, 2011 at 12:11pm
yeah, just received my 4 different blade I can get down to business....
Comment by Andrea Dee on March 6, 2011 at 3:12pm
I have the 9-tray Excalibur and love it. I know it's more expensive than the other two, but I often use it for bulky items (to 'heat up' stuff or sprout wild rice in a jar) and I need the door closed, which neither of the ones you listed have. They are also lacking the fine mash screen that I use often to dehydrate sprouted nuts and seeds, which means you will either need to purchase those on your own, and come closer to the price of the Excalibur or always use the non-stick sheets (which you also have to buy extra for the E) which will slow down air circulation. The trays are also have different dims from that of the E, so when you do buy the extra screens and non-stick sheets, they will have to be cut, and they won't wide (or long) enough on one side. If they were less than half the price, I would say, sure, why not, but it's coming close enough to Excalibur to consider the latter. I did live with a nesco for about a year because I didn't want to pay too much, and it worked fine, but as I progressed on my raw food journey, it became clear that I needed the real deal. One thing you can save on though is the non-stick sheets, just search amazon for the generic one, works fine.
I hope this helps. Don't mean to diss other products I never tried, I just wanted to bring some of the potential issues to light based on my own dehydrating experience. They do have fairly good reviews, but only about 6 or 7, while the E is tried and proven :)
Comment by Jennifer Tucholski on March 6, 2011 at 3:07pm
I received the Good4U 10 tray dehydrator for Christmas and I LOVE it!! I did a lot of research before having my MIL get it for us. It is very comprable to the Excalibur, but comes with all of the Teflex sheets and mesh sheets for free and has a digital timer also. It doesn't have a door in the front like the Excalibur, but locking trays and comes with a blank that allows you to take out 3 trays at a time for larger dishes or goodies. It still comes with the same 10 year warranty also. Happy hunting....
Comment by Angie Norman-Meadows on March 6, 2011 at 1:08pm
Hi Cindy, I have an Excaliber, but I see two dehydrators that look like the Excaliber but cost less at The first one is "Weston VegiKiln 10 tray dehydrator" for $129.89 and the second one is "TMS Products TSM Harvest Food Dehydrator" They both have 4 star reviews the same as Excaliber. Has anyone any experience with these lower cost dehydrators? If not, you could go to Amazon and read reviews on them or "google" reviews about these dehydrators.
Comment by Marianne on March 5, 2011 at 1:25pm
I purchased the Lequip and wished I hadn't done so - it is very difficult to get anything out of it - nothing worked really well for me with that and I now have it packed and ready to sell on.  3 months after buying it I brought the Excalibur and 99.9% of everything worked immediately - if you can look at one in a store before purchasing that would be much better - I ordered off the internet and that was a big mistake.  Living in the UK I am unable to loan it to you to try otherwise I would.
Comment by Cindi VixCin on March 5, 2011 at 10:55am

Question, I'm a newbie and want to buy a dehydrator but on a budget. What are anyone's thoughts on the L'EQUIP Filter Pro? I know the Excaliber is the top machine at a hefty price but I can get a 6 tray L'EQUIP Filter Pro for $150.


Any help appreciated ;-)

Comment by henrietta zielinski on February 9, 2011 at 8:12am

Hi Nancy, 


Thank you for your response.  That's a good idea.  I sometimes use the whole celery stalks as "pushers" but no reason for me to really not use the designed pusher, duh!  I'll give it a try.  Good and peaceful day to you.  H.

Comment by Nancy on February 9, 2011 at 5:59am
I don't cut the celery, but I do feed it through last after I am done juicing everything else.  That way it doesn't plug up and have to be cleaned out while juicing.
Comment by henrietta zielinski on February 8, 2011 at 9:43pm
Question for the juicing folks that use a Hurom Juicer.  I use to cut my celery in 2-3" inches before I feed it into my juicer.  Then I watched Angela Stokes Monarch do a challene with Matt M, who used a different Juicer(?) and she feed her's in as a whole stalk.  So then I thought, cool, will save me some work and time.  Howvwe, I've noticed that this causes longer fibers to "stick" in the pulp extraction tube.  It does not pervent or impair the juicing processes but it does cause sight "blockage."  Any thoughts on this.  Don't want to "clog" my system, if you know what I mean.  Thank you for your thoughts.  With gratitude for sharing, H.

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