Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Our New Toy
Sometime in the late summer - I think it was August, but it might have been early September - we ordered something we've been wanting for a few years, and for which we now have the space. It finally arrived, about 2 weeks ago. Yeah, a little bit of a wait there, which was annoying as we wanted to dry a bunch of fruit while it was in season, and obviously too late now. When we were told it was on serious heavy-duty back-order, we debated whether to get something else, but decided to wait it out.
We had picked this particular model because it looked like just what we wanted, and now that it's here we are really happy we waited. We ordered it from Berry Hill, but they don't seem to have it listed any more. It's listed here but I'm not sure they're actually selling it. If you're interested you may need to hunt around a bit.
Obviously, we haven't used it much - once, so far - but we are really, really happy with it. It was outrageously expensive, but we have already burnt out 2 cheaper plastic models. We know we want to dehydrate food and quite a lot of it, so it was worth making the investment in something sturdy that will stand up to hard use. We also debated whether to get the 5-shelf version or the 10-shelf version and after only one use we are already glad we spent the extra bucks and got the 10-shelf version.
It's beautifully made, and very simple. Whoever designed it obviously did some actual thinking, because even though it's very simple, it all disassembles for easy cleaning and it's immediately obvious when you look at it how everything goes together. All the trays dried very evenly, too. I wish all appliances could be gotten this well designed and made.
Last year at this time I made Whole Wheat Noodles with Stir-Fried Vegetables.