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Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator Review

Date Posted: March 7, 2017

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator Review
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One of the great benefits of growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs at home is that you get to experience the freshest, best tasting food you will ever eat. But what happens when gardening season ends? What do you do then? A very simple solution, food preservation. There are a number of ways you can preserve your harvest and one of the best ways is through the dehydration process.

Today, we take a look at one of the better food dehydrators on the market, the Excalibur 3926TB. With its large amount of space, temperature controls, and patented Parallex Horizontal Airflow, it is sure to be one of the most useful food preservation tools at a home gardeners disposal.

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Plenty of Space

One of the downfalls of many less expensive brands is lack of space. For many fruits, veggies and herbs, the process to completely dehydrate them can take many hours. You’d like to get your dehydration done in one “session” so to speak. The Excalibur 3926TB accomplishes that by giving you nine trays to work with and nearly 15 square feet of dehydration space. If you like to dehydrate apples, as I do, you’ll be happy to hear that the space the Excalibur 3926TB gives you is plenty for nearly a full 5 pound bag you can buy at a grocery store.

Parallex Horizontal Airflow

This is a patented process exclusively to the Excalibur line of dehydrators. According to their website, this process allows for faster dehydration time and nutrient retention. This allows you to save time dehydrating your food and keeping your food as healthy as possible. One of the benefits of this patented process is being able to dehydrate in less time without having to rotate the trays. While I have not personally rotated the trays, many other users claim doing so will decrease your dehydration time.

Notable Features (Some overlooked)

  • 9 Trays with nearly 15 square feet of dehydration space.
  • A timer that allows you to set a shut off for up to 26 hours
  • A thermostat you can control. You can set your dehydration temperature based on recipes or other food dehydration manuals.
  • While the trays themselves are made from plastic, they are BPA free
  • The trays are dishwasher safe.

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Customer Reviews and Scores

At the time I wrote this review there were over 1,370 reviews of the Excalibur 3926TB on Amazon, with an average score of 4.7 stars. Most of, I would say well over 95%, of the reviews were positive, but there were some notable cons.

For starters, many users noted that the Excalibur 3926TB is a bit bulky, requiring a lot more counter space than they originally had planned for, or as opposed to the Excalibur 3926TB’s smaller 5 tray model. That is normal for when you want to increase the load amount of dehydrating.

Second, the 9 tray model is a bit noisier than other brands as well as its 5 tray sibling. The noise makes it less ideal to use while watching a good movie. I’d recommend you turn the volume up on the TV. The space is too much to pass up for some noise.

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In summary, if you are looking to start dehydrating your home grown food, or expand on your dehydrating skills, the Excalibur 3926TB is a great way to go. You are going to get plenty of space to work with, and they have some add on products (not mentioned in this review) that will increase the productivity of your appliance and allow for easier cleanup.

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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