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Dehydrating Liquids in the Excalibur Dehydrator

I really love my Excalibur, but not so much the flat trays. While circular dehydrators (like the American Harvest) have a small rolled edge that prevents a small amount of liquids from dripping off, the Excalibur Paraflexx tray liners are completely smooth and flush with the edge of the tray. I prefer the Excalibur for a lot of reasons, but the flush edges means anything that is not solid will run right off the tray :-( This post demonstrates how to make a "bowl" from the drying sheets available from Excalibur or purchased from third-party vendors.

I have been dying to find a way to dry soups and stews, but the mess just isn't worth it! So far the only suggestion I have found is to use parchment paper to make a bowl, but almond milk (and a lot of other foods) stick to the parchment, making a huge mess and wasting a lot of the food.

Finding a way to dry liquids has been a special challenge, but I have finally come up with an easy way to dry any liquids with the dryer! Using the Paraflexx liners (or the generic ones from Amazon), and a few binder clips at the corners of the flexible liners, you can make a "bowl" that will fit your tray perfectly!



A Paraflexx Liner and four binder clips is all you need





Simply pinch the corners and clip to make a bowl as deep as you like


Now you can dry liquids very easily with no mess!

In this video, I demonstrate drying almond milk and an awesome mushroom and beef gravy.


8 comments :

  1. Thanks Demeter,

    I am a food geek and am always trying to see how I can make foods from scratch - especially portable ones. I was looking for Apple Cider Vinegar Powder online just now to flavor some dried chips etc and was pondering whether I could make it myself with my Excalibur and ... voila! ... you came up with a solution.

    Thanks! :)

    FoodNerdGrrl

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  2. Thanks for the props, FoodNerdGrrl. Let me know how your Vinegar powder works out! Always on the lookout for ideas! :-) Ciao

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  3. Demeter, What setting did you use to dehydrate the almond milk on the excalibur, and how long did it take to dry? Thanks.

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    1. I can't exactly remember, but I think it was medium heat (100°)? Took about 6 or 7 hours total, but I recommend peeling it and flipping once it is tacky dry.

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  4. Demeter....do you powder this dehydrated almond milk and put it in mason jars? Can you store this milk in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers for long term? Thanks

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    1. Yes, I powdered this in a food processor and stored in mason jar. I don't see why you can't use mylar bags - I use them all the time. I would recommend first putting it a ziplock inside of the mylar because the powder stuck to everything with static electricity. I find some of my dehydrated powders do this, probably from rubbing against the mylar sheets...

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  5. Yes! What setting did you use?

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    1. Hmmm, I want to say about 110-120*F

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