Dehydrators & Banana Chips

For my birthday, my mom and husband each got me a dehydrator!   I couldn’t believe it!    

My mom got me the same kind as she has, the Excalibur Dehydrator with 5 drying racks.  It is a beefy, professional model that I have borrowed on occasion.  I love how fast it dry fruit leathers and Poblano peppers and that it has a timer that will shut off after the set time, but I am not crazy about how big and heavy it is. Nesco Dehydrator - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADER

My husband, chose the Nesco Dehydrator, also with 5 racks.  He also got me a few extra fruit leather sheets so I could make a bunch at a time.  I had never used this kind before, but after seeing what great reviews it got online, I figured I would return the one my mom gave me and stick with the Nesco.  So far I have liked it.  I can’t tell whether it dries items in the same amount of time or not compared to the Excalibur, but it is a lot lighter, smaller and more convenient to store when I am not using it.  I like that it can be expanded if I need more trays than 5, but I do wish it would have a timer.  It is significantly less expensive compared to the Excalibur, only … READ MORE...