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Hi Vanessa! Most of the times are similar, but the general rule is that the THICKER the thing, the longer it takes to dehydrate. But then some things you want to have crispy (chips) so you have to wait longer for those than breads (which you don’t want crispy, just dryish). Most things take between 5-10 hours.

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Hi, what is the general rule for timing dehydrating in terms of chips vs crackers vs bread vs burgers?

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I just got my dehydrator and even though it is a stackable (was able to get a GREAT deal) it is an Excalibur. I just made onion bread. I have to say I understand the challenges with the stackable model, however the Excalibur stackable was quite efficient and did great. Thank you for all your tips!

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Hello Rawtarian,
I have a few questions about buying the Excalibur, if you can help me with this info:
1- Most have plastic trays, is it truly food safe, or just the low temp. keeps plastic from releasing chemicals, BPAs, or other, etc.

2- Is it better to spend a ton & purchase one with stainless steel trays?

3- How about the Teflon sheets for use with dehydrator?

4- Is there a type of thermometer I can buy that I can use in a cheaper dehydrator to know exactly what temp. it is reaching?

Thank you,
Tara

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Hi Tara,

Great questions! I will do my best to answer them:

1. I'd say they are as food-safe as plastic can be. Also, you can line the trays with parchment paper when using, if you are concerned about your food touching plastic.
2. Well, for me, I wouldn't. But if you are seriously concerned about the plastic, then it may be worth it to you.
3. They are plastic so this might be a concern to you.
4. I don't recommend this as it will be hard to control, and some dehydrators won't go low enough.

Hope this helps!
Laura-Jane

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I just got my dehydrator and even though it is a stackable (was able to get a GREAT deal) it is an Excalibur. I just made onion bread. I have to say I understand the challenges with the stackable model, however the Excalibur stackable was quite efficient and did great. Thank you for all your tips!

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Hi Amyjean, thank you for sharing your dehydrator experience! :)

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Thank you for the valuable information! The link to the e-book doesn't seem to work though :(

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Thank you, Nadia, for letting me know about that!!!

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Hi, what is the general rule for timing dehydrating in terms of chips vs crackers vs bread vs burgers?

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Hi Vanessa! Most of the times are similar, but the general rule is that the THICKER the thing, the longer it takes to dehydrate. But then some things you want to have crispy (chips) so you have to wait longer for those than breads (which you don’t want crispy, just dryish). Most things take between 5-10 hours.

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