I love my Excalibur 5-tray Dehydrator!
I thought I would update on how the veggies came out that I posted about here.
BEETS - just over 2 Trays
I had hoped the beets would turn out crispy like chips. Instead, they came out more like fruit leather. I even put them in for 12 hours longer or so to see if that would crisp them up, and it didn't.
Still, they are dried and will keep for awhile. I have yet to reconstitute them and see if I like the texture of them cooked.
SUMMER SQUASH (Yellow Squash and Zucchini) - 1 Tray each
These also came out leathery, rather than crispy. They kept their color beautifully and I am hoping the kids will munch on them for a snack. I am also looking for soup mix recipe ideas in which to incorporate them.
ONION (just one) - about half a tray
The onion is also leathery, even after extended drying time. It should be pretty easy to use kitchen shears and chop it up into soups and such.
I think a higher temperature might yield crispier veggie chips, but then I think I sacrifice some of the nutrition due to the heat. I'll have to play around with it a little and see what happens.
So here is what I ended up with in the end for those 5 trays of veggies: