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Introducing the Excalibur Food Dehydrator

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New to the Nisbets product range is our selection of Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Growing rapidly in popularity, food dehydrators have a wide variety of uses. The Excalibur Dehydrator removes water from food by a continuous circulation of thermostatically-controlled warm air and is ideal for use with a range of ingredients.

The uses range from creating your very own yogurt to dehydrating marinated slices of beef, chicken, fish or even venison in a combination of sauces and spices, that can be easily transformed into homemade jerky. You can even dehydrate bitter chocolate for flash frying. This not only makes for a chocolate experience with a completely different texture, but also adds the perfect finishing touch to an already tempting dessert.


Other dehydrator uses

Yogurt
Homemade yogurt is economical and easy when made in the dehydrator.
1. Add 1 cup of powdered milk to ½ gallon low-fat milk and scald for 2 seconds
2. Remove from the heat and cool to 115°F/46°C
3. Add 2 tablespoons of non pasteurised plan yogurt to the cooled milk
4. Pour into containers and cover
5. Incubate in the dehydrator at 115°F/46°C for 5 hours
6. When finished add flavours or fresh fruit and refrigerate

Herbs and Spices
Use your dehydrator to dry your own freshly grown herbs or buy bulk quantities of fresh herbs and spices, dry them and create special teas and seasonings.
1. Trim off any dead or discoloured plant parts and wash the leaves and stems in cool water
2. Preheat the dehydrator with the thermostat to 95°F/35°C to 115°F/46°C
3. Spread the plants evenly in a single layer on trays
4. Dry for 2 to 4 hours and store in an airtight container away from sunlight

Nuts
Nuts provide a concentrated source of protein and many are rich in necessary dietary fats too. They can be dried at home in their natural state or seasoned to taste
1. Spread the nuts in a single layer on the drying trays, whole or unshelled
2. Dry at 115°F/46°C to 125°F/52°C for 10 to 14 hours and store in an airtight container in the fridge

Raising Bread

The dehydrator is a perfect environment for raising bread.
1. Remove the trays from the dehydrator and set the thermostat at 115°F/46°C and allow the unit to preheat
2. Place a shallow pan of water on the bottom of the dehydrator
3. Insert a tray directly above the water and place the bowl of dough on the tray
4. Cover the dough with a cloth to keep it from drying out
5. Allow the dough 30 to 60 minutes to rise and continue with the preparation according to your recipe

Pasta
No need for separate pasta racks, the dehydrator makes the process simple.
1. Place the strips of freshly made pasta in single layers onto your drying trays
2. Dry for 2 to 4 hours at 135°F/57°C
3. Store in airtight in airtight packaging

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Why choose the Excalibur?
There are two important elements when dehydrating living foods to preserve the enzymes. The first element is
the proper control of temperature, and the second is the time it takes the food to dehydrate. If the temperature is too high the enzymes can be destroyed, but if the temperature is too low, the food takes longer to dry, causing it to spoil or grow bacteria.

With the Parallexx Horizontal Airflow Drying System and an adjustable thermostat, Excalibur Dehydrators are uniquely suited for dehydrating raw foods while retaining the highest food qualities. The adjustable thermostat allows you to control the air temperature, and the rear-mounted fan that creates the drying system provides fast and even drying. With these two features these dehydrators are able to keep the food temperature low enough to preserve the enzymes, while raising the air temperature high enough to dry the food quickly, preventing mould and bacteria from growing.

The possibilities with a food dehydrator are endless, and with our selection from food dehydration experts Excalibur extending from models with four trays, all the way to the large, high output nine tray model, there is certain to be a dehydrator to suit you and your culinary exploits.

View our user guide to learn more about how to use our latest range of dehydrators.

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