Last year we purchased a larger dehydrator. It is an Excalibur. I have been very happy with this unit. The only reason I say this is if you are looking for a new or additional dehydrator this is a good one.
I do a fair amount of dehydrating. Last year we did kale, beets, apples, pears, apricots, plums, tomatoes, squash, many spices and herbs for tea, etc. We use our dehydrators. :-) We live in the high mountain desert so we can do some sun drying as well. But the ease and speed of using a dehydrator is a real plus.
I use the dried veggies in soups. We eat the fruits as a snack. Peppermint, camomile, rose hips, orange rind and the like are used for tea and the spices go into our home cooked meals. It is a great way to 'put by' the harvest. It requires less space and stores very well.
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