Omega Juicer Excalibur 5 Tray Food Dehydrator DH5050TW
Omega Juicer Excalibur 5 Tray Food Dehydrator DH5050TW is great for small families, small gardens, or specialty gardens. The 5-Tray Excalibur Dehydrator contains 5 large trays with 8 square feet of tray area, and is perfect for families with small gardens and a few fruit trees. Excalibur 5-Tray Food Dehydrator comes with the following features:
The Excalibur Food Dehydrator 3000 Series is a living food dehydrator. The Excalibur is the highest quality, most versatile food dehydrator you can buy, with a timer, so you can set it and forget it!
Omega customers have spoken, and Omega listened! People wanted an Excalibur with the entire case and door made of the same innovative plastics used in the tray; make the case of the appliance in white; add a 26 hour timer.
The Excalibur 2000 Series trays of made of a material so strong that you could drive over them with a semi truck, or hit them with a sledge hammer and they wouldn't break. Now Omega offers the entire Excalibur 3000 Series case, door, and trays in that same durable, innovative plastic.
Excalibur's new timer can be set to operate from one hour up to twenty-six hours, and will turn it off at the end of the time period that you've selected. This timer makes it easy to incorporate dehydrating activities around your schedule. Your Excalibur will turn itself off while you're sleeping and when you are away. No more baby-sitting at 4:30 AM. No more postponing dehydrating because other activities take you away from home for a number of hours. With this timer and Excalibur's built-in safety features, you can load it before leaving for the day or evening. This timer makes dehydrating as convenient as using a slow cooker for unattended meal preparation.
Durable American Made
All components of the Excalibur Food Dehydrator are made and assembled in the United States Of America.
How long has Excalibur been around?
Excalibur started in 1973. They have hundreds of thousands of customers all over the world. Mr. Orton started Excalibur in 1973. To this day, they are committed to upholding the long standing traditions and quality of Excalibur food dehydrators.
What foods can you dehydrate in the Excalibur?
Virtually anything! Almost all fruits, most vegetables, meats, fish, herbs, and some dairy products. You can dry everything that you see dried on the grocery shelf: dried apricots, pineapple, peaches, prunes, pears, dates, garlic, onion, peppers, spices, raisins, meats, fish and more.
Can I dry anything besides foods?
Yes! Pet treats, for instance. Also, many customers are craftspeople who dry craft projects and decorations. Dentist dry plaster molds in Excaliburs!
Who uses Excalibur Dehydrators?
All sorts of people. A lot of gardening families own them. So do families with children who have special dietary needs. Excalibur is the first choice for many following the concepts of Raw & Living Foods. Outdoorsy people love them - especially hunters and fishermen. People who enjoy gourmet foods are big customers, and craftspeople too.
Is it less expensive to buy dried foods or dry them myself?
It costs you about one tenth to dry your own foods instead of buying dried foods. That's because food producers charge plenty for the extra processing. If you do it yourself, you pay only for the fresh fruits or vegetables and the electricity to dry them. An Excalibur Dehydrator can pay for itself in a year!
How much electricity does the Excalibur Dehydrator consume?
The average cost of electricity used by the Excalibur is about 4-5 cents an hour. Dry a full load of fruits or vegetables for less than a quarter.
How about other forms of food preservation, like canning or freezing. Aren't they inexpensive, too?
Canning and especially freezing require a first-time investment like a big freezer and repeat investments in supplies, like kettles, jars, lids, boxes. The Excalibur is a one-time purchase: the ONLY equipment you need for a lifetime of drying.
All the other dehydrators I've seen are round. Are these the same as yours?
No! Round dehydrators have significant design flaws that make them inefficient and slow. They're designed for low cost, not high performance as the Excalibur is. They're not made to stack up in sections. They have a heating element in the bottom that collects drips and spilled food. They usually have no fan or thermostat to regulate or circulate heat so temperatures can vary 50 degrees from top to bottom. That means you have to constantly restack trays and "babysit" the machine. Each tray has limited headroom so you can't dry tall items. And each tray has a "donut hole" which severely limits your ability to dry large items. It can take 10 times longer to dry foods in a round dehydrator as in the Excalibur!
Well then, what's so uniquely different and better about the Excalibur?
The Excalibur is just about the only square dehydrator. It's the only homeowner food dehydrator that has the Parallexx Horizontal-Airflow Drying System. The Parallex system incorporates 6 essential features for best performance: good electrical design, adjustable thermostat, speed, durability, cleanability, and versatility.
Which type of dehydrator is faster?
The Excalibur is faster - up to 10 times faster - than common round dehydrators because the fan and the adjustable thermostat creates excellent airflow. Each tray receives its own "jet stream" of forced warm air. Most round dehydrators just radiate heat; they don't direct it. And all their shelves share the same warm air which "loads up" with moisture quickly.
Can I run the Excalibur 24 hours a day?
Yes. It's made for production. During the harvest season, foods must be processed quickly to capture all the goodness and avoid spoilage. Drying say and night for months on end is common for an Excalibur. In fact, the 3000 Series dehydrators have an optional 26-hour timer for added convenience during the busy harvest season.
Is an adjustable thermostat important?
Yes it is. For best flavor, fastest drying, highest nutritional value and overall versatility, an adjustable thermostat is a must. For example:
Will the timer turn off the dehydrator while I'm away or asleep?
Yes. That way, you don't have to baby-sit your dehydrator... just set it and forget it. Excalibur uses a premium-quality, motor-driven timer that keeps track of actual drying time, even if the power should go off and on again. (Digital timers go back to "0".)
How can you produce and sell the Excalibur so affordably?
Excalibur has a nice business, and tries to sell honest, quality goods at a fair price. They take pride in these dehydrators being 100% Made In The USA. They sell many dehydrators which enables them to purchase quality materials in bulk at big savings and pass them along to you, the customer.
Are the trays in an Excalibur dishwasher safe?
Yes. You can place Excalibur trays in the top tray of your dishwasher. They can also be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent. The flexible mesh (Polyscreen) sheets help protect the trays from heavy accumulation of residue form the foods you are drying. Those flexible inserts are easy to clean by soaking them for a few minutes in the sink, then rinsing with a quick spray from your sink sprayer. Their flexibility allows them to be placed in most kitchen sinks.
Is there a right and wrong side for the flexible mesh sheets?
Yes. There is a slight difference in texture on each side of Polyscreen Tray inserts. To aid in preventing food from sticking while drying, place these mesh sheets on the trays with the smooth side facing up.
Can I use my electric rice steamer to blanch or rehydrate foods?
Yes on both counts. Electric steamers are perhaps the best means for blanching because it helps retain water soluble nutrients that are normally lost in water immersion blanching. Steam blanching brings out the food's vivid colors and enhances their natural flavor. An electric steamer is one of the most efficient and successful means of rehydrating foods. The food is placed in the rice bowl and covered with a liquid. The circulation of the steam will aid in permeating the food and plumping it back to its original, fresh state. For blanching and rehydrating, follow the instructions provided with your steamer for best results.
What is sodium bisulfite?
When mixed with water, sodium bisulfite is a liquid form of sulfur. Using sulfur to pretreat foods is rooted much further back into dehydrating history than most of the other methods available today. It is the most effective and least expensive anti-oxidant. Use only a food-safe grade of sodium bisulfite that is made especially for dehydration. Excalibur's Sodium Bisulfite is available wherever dehydrators are sold. If subject to sulfur allergic reactions, check with your physician before using sodium bisulfite as a pretreatment dip.