Excailbur Dehydrator Review, Recipes and Giveaway

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Excalibur Dehydrators are considered to be the best dehydrator on the market. After receiving mine and using it I can see why they are so greatly loved. The Excalibur 5 tray is perfect for my small family and our dehydrating needs. In the short time I have had mine, I have made fruit rolls, “sun-dried” tomatoes, coconut bacon,tofu jerky, kale chips, and dehydrated fruits. In addition it can be used to make, granola, meat jerky, crackers, raw foods, bread crumbs, dried herbs, and more. A quick search for dehydrator recipes will give you a good idea of how valuable a dehydrator can be.

Kale Chips are a favorite snack in this mama’s house. Everyone, including the dog and cat, love them. They can be purchased in the store at the cost of $7.99 for 2.5oz. WOW, they are good but at that price we can not buy them often. Instead,I can pick kale from the garden, buy some at the farmers market or grocery store and make my own for a fraction of the cost. I like knowing what ingredients go in to my family’s food and I like saving money. Here is the recipe I followed to make these delicious and healthy chips.

Spicy and Cheesy Kale Chips

Adapted from The Best Cheesy Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 or 2 bunches of kale, washed, dried, stems removed and cut in to bite size pieces.
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 2 or more hours and then drained.
  • 2-3 T lemon juice
  • 2 T nutritional yeast ( I used a bit more, I love nutritional yeast)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 t ground chipotle chili pepper
  • a dash of sea salt
  • cayenne pepper (to taste)
Preparation:
  1. Add all ingredients expect the kale to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Massage mixture in to kale with hands.
  3. Dehydrate at 115° until crispy. (8-12 hours)

Here they are in all of their cheesy, crispy goodness!!

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Fruit Rolls Many of the fruit roll brand on the market actually include very little fruit in them. They are loaded with corn syrup, artificial coloring/flavoring and preservatives. They are really candy disguised as a fruit snack. So, I decided to make fresh, natural and delicious fruit rolls in the Excalibur Dehydrator. They turned out so good and were really easy to make. All you need is some fruit of your choosing, apple sauce ( I used 365 Unsweetened organic apple sauce), parchment paper, a blender and the dehydrator. This is a great recipe to have the kids help with. They can choose their own fruit combinations.

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