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Following on from my first trial, I set the machine up again, this time with sliced mushrooms and some Braeburn apple and Conference pear to fill up the spare trays:
Here they are finished and packed into bags for the overnight check for dryness, all ok:
Now then, onto the great reveal. I have saved and thought about this product for years and didn't want to mess up buying one, that would be suitable for our needs. There are much cheaper products to buy, you pays the money and takes your choice.
I read this article before choosing (along with some others). I found it helpful. We bought, from them, the L'Equip Filter Pro as it was on special offer and reading from other sites, suggested it was the best for what we needed. We also decided the extra £30 from the base model to this one was also worth it. If I want to dry overnight, I like the idea of the timer and the fact it will then switch itself off!
Also regarding how much they cost to run, well, how long is a piece of string. Mine is a 530w, some are half that. We will all be on different charges (including the daily charge) of electricity so you need to use your own supplier's rate.
Here is the sum I did, dropping the wattage down to 500 for ease of calculation:
500w = 1 unit of electricity every 2 hours therefore a 250w dehydrator, would use 1 unit of electricity every 4 hours but you would probably need to dry for longer.
1 daytime unit of electricity = x pence. 1 night time unit = x pence (if you use it), daily standing charge = x pence
So far I am dehydrating for 8 - 9 hours, per batch, during the day. I will be changing onto the cheaper overnight rate when I am more used to it. We pay more than most on the day rate as we are on Economy 7.
Taking the 8 hours as an average use per batch, means I am using 4 units of electricity to process it.
Using the sum above means I know how much each batch is costing me during the day (or usually half that price during the night).
That means that my mushrooms, apples, pears and mango have not cost me an arm and a leg. I am not adding in the cost of the machine either, as for us, that is besides the point, if you see what I mean!
I can hear you nay-doers shouting, it is cheaper to buy them, but that is not why we are doing it. We want dehydrated food that is untreated (save for lemon juice/honey/water etc.). Also, we want to dehydrate surplus food and also the more unusual foods that are hard if not impossible to buy.
I have never found mushroom powder on sale, yet a pinch of that, adds intense flavour to things. The dried mushrooms left as they are, added to a mushroom risotto brings a different flavour to normal. We can eat the berries as they come out or powder them etc.
Have you found dehydrated Greengages, Gooseberries, Blackcurrants, Loganberries? No, neither have I. As for powder versions, never.
Hope this helps those of you that were asking. Oh Julee, by the way, it is very easy to clean. I dry it with a tea towel (not the motor part) then leave it to get bone dry in our red hot conservatory.