Dehydrating With Holly

Printable material from the Dehydrated Foods demonstration

Food Dehydration

Fruit Leather Snack

Holly’s Happy Morning Granola

 Recommended Resources

If you were at the dehydrating demonstration, you may racall Holly stating that if she could have only one appliance in the house the VitaMix would be it! There are several high speed blenders on the market, but there is only one that we recommend and that is the VitaMix. In our opinion this is by far the best high speed blender out there. Plus the warranty and customer service are great. We have the VitaMix 5200.

Vitamix 5200 – 7 YR WARRANTY Variable Speed Countertop Blender with 2 HP Motor and 64-Ounce Jar

We use an Excalibur 9 Tray Food Dehydrator. If you get serious about dehydrating foods this is absolutely the dehydrator you will want. It dehydrates evenly which is a key to dehydrating that is lacking in many less expensive dehydrators. We have one Excalibur with a timer and one without. The timer is nice, but it costs more and is not truly necessary. Purchasing with or without a timer is a matter of personal choice.

Excalibur 3926T 9 Tray Dehydrator with 26 Hour Timer – BLACK

If you are just trying out food dehydration you may want to start out with a less expensive dehydrator until you decide how well you like this method of food preparation. You can purchase a relatively inexpensive food dehydrator at many home stores. Here is an example of a well rated less expensive food dehydrator. We have not personally tried this one out. However, it’s ratings are good and it boasts a top fan which they say offers more even dehydration than a bottom mounted fan. If you have personally used this dehydrator or if you decide to give it a try, we would love to hear your feedback. Please email us at

Nesco FD-75A 700-Watt Food Dehydrator

The mandolin slicer that Holly mentioned was the OXO Brand Good Grips Slicer pictured here. As was mentioned during the demo, you do not need the most expensive mandolin on the market for home use. However, you do not want the cheapest mandolin out there either. You want a sturdy unit with a good blade and cutting surface. We have had our OXO for quite a few years and are very happy with it. You can purchase the OXO Mandolin on line or at many home or kitchen stores.

OXO Good Grips Mandoline Slicer

The health food store Holly mentioned during the dehydrating class that carries the Salina Naturally Celtic Sea Salt Vital Mineral Blend is Discount Nutrition Center at 35244 Dodge Park at 15 Mile in Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312. They carry the 1 pound bags for under $5.00. That is the lowest price we have seen for the 1 pound bag. We have seen it as high as $11.00 at other locations. You can also purchase the Salina Naturally Celtic Sea Salt in bulk through Amazon and it qualifies for Free Super Saver Shipping.

Selina Naturally – Celtic Sea Salt Bag Light Grey Course – 5 lb.


Photos by Terri Jones Photography


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