FREE SHIPPING in USA for All Appliances!*

CoolShinyStuff is an authorized Excalibur dealer Excalibur Dehydrating Guide

This is a basic guide for how long it takes to dry food with the Excalibur Dehyrdator. Please keep in mind that your actual results will vary depending on several factors:

 

  • Temperature: The lower the temperature, the longer the drying time. When dehydrating fruits, vegetables and nuts, we recommend dehydrating at 105-110 degrees to preserve enzymes and nutrients. Also keep in mind that higher temperatures may dry the outside of the food faster while leaving the inside moist. This is especially true for thick slices.
  • Thickness of slices: The thinner you slice your food, the shorter the drying time.
  • Air humidity: The higher the humidity in your home, the longer the drying time.
  • Food humidity: The higher the water content of the item being dehydrated, the longer the drying time.
  • Personal preference: Some people like their dried food a bit soft, while others like it crispy. If you want it more crispy, it will increase the time it takes to dry all the water out.
  • Type of food: The food being dehydrated will dictate how long it takes to dry, as shown by the chart below.

Please keep in mind that this is just a reference according to Excalibur:

FRUITS – Dry Best at 135°F/57°C
Food Time Test
Apples 7-15 hours Pliable
Apricots 20-28 hours Pliable
Bananas 6-10 hours Leathery
Berries 10-15 hours Leathery
Cherries 13-21 hours Leathery & Sticky
Cranberries 10-12 hours Pliable
Figs 22-30 hours Pliable
Grapes 22-30 hours Pliable
Kiwi 7-15 hours Pliable
Nectarines 8-16 hours Pliable
Peaches 8-16 hours Pliable
Pears 8-16 hours Pliable
Persimmons 11-19 hours Leathery
Pineapple 10-18 hours Pliable
Prune Plums 22-30 hours Leathery
Rhubarb 6-10 hours Leathery
Strawberries 7-15 hours Leathery & Crisp
Watermelon 8-10 hours Pliable & Sticky



VEGETABLES – Dry Best at 125°F/52°C
Food Time Test
Asparagus 5-6 hours Brittle
Green Beans or Wax Beans 8-12 hours Brittle
Beets 8-12 hours Leathery
Broccoli 10-14 hours Brittle
Cabbage 7-11 hours Brittle
Carrots 6-10 hours Leathery
Celery 3-10 hours Leathery
Corn 6-10 hours Brittle
Cucumber 4-8 hours Leathery
Eggplant 4-8 hours Leathery
Greens 3-7 hours Brittle
Mushrooms 3-7 hours Leathery
Okra 4-8 hours Leathery
Onions 4-8 hours Leathery
Parsnips 7-11 hours Tough / Brittle
Peas 4-8 hours Brittle
Peppers 4-8 hours Leathery
Popcorn 4-8 hours Shriveled
Potatoes 6-14 hours Brittle or Leathery
Pumpkin 7-11 hours Leathery
Summer Squash 10-14 hours Leathery
Tomatoes 5-9 hours Leathery or Brittle
Turnips 8-12 hours Brittle
Winter Squash 7-11 hours Leathery
Yams 7-11 hours Brittle
Zucchini 7-11 hours Brittle



OTHER
Food Time
Fruit Rolls & Fruit Leather 4-6 hours
Jerky 4-6 hours
Fish Jerky 12-14 hours
Herbs & Spices 2-4 hours
Nuts 10-14 hours
Recrisping 1 hour





Excalibur Model Comparison Chart
  2400 2500 2900 3500 Deluxe 3900 Deluxe
Warranty 5 Years 10 Years
# of Trays 4 Trays 5 Trays 9 Trays 5 Trays 9 Trays
Size of Trays 12" x 12" each 15" x 15" each 15" x 15" each 15" x 15" each 15" x 15" each
Total Area 4 square feet 8 square feet 15 square feet 8 square feet 15 square feet
Temp Range 85° - 145° F 85° - 145° F 85° - 145° F 85° - 145° F 85° - 145° F
Weight 10 lbs. 17 lbs. 22 lbs. 17 lbs. 22 lbs.
Wattage 220 Watts 400 Watts 600 Watts 400 Watts 600 Watts
Fan Size 4" Fan 5" Fan 7" Fan 5" Fan 7" Fan
Power Switch No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colors available Black Black Black Black, White Black, White
Dimensions 6½" H
13" W
16¾" D
8½" H
17" W
19" D
12½" H
17" W
19" D
8½" H
17" W
19" D
12½" H
17" W
19" D
Other Features   • Upgraded Electrical Components  
• Higher Cycle Life Thermostat
• Higher Duty Rating Heating Element
• Heavy Duty Motor
• Higher Grade Innovative Plastic Components
Free copy of Preserve it Naturally,
  a $24.95 value!