In the fall I went to the Home Orchard Society's All About Fruit Show in Hillsboro and had a really good time. It was the same weekend as Wordstock, and also my first Wordstock while working for Hawthorne Books so it was a chock full weekend. While at the fruit show I bought a whole bunch of raffle tickets for three reasons -- I didn't pay to get in but I wanted to contribute, there was a beautiful wooden cider press in the raffle that I wanted, and I also liked the looks of the Excalibur Food Dehydrator.
A few months went by before I was home sick in January and got a call from a very nice Home Orchard Society volunteer telling me that I'd won the food dehyrdator! I was pretty dang excited to get the news and even more excited when this man brought the dehyrdator all the way over to my house -- what a man.
For the past few months the dehydrator has been shuffled around from the front room to the utility room until I finally plugged it in in the kitchen this weekend and put it to use. In the summer and fall I'll have plenty to dehydrate -- plums, pears, apples, tomatoes and chiles etc. Right now in the garden I've got seeds sprouting, and lots of spring growth but not a lot to harvest.
I decided to break my Excalibur in with a little homemade beef jerky this weekend and I'm so glad I did. I read the recipes in the accompanying Excalibur booklet and also surfed online to get some ideas. I ended up hybridizing all of that into a spicy worcestershire, soy, honey and onion marinade that turned out fantastic...
Excalibur Products www.excaliburdehydrator.com 6083 Power Inn Road Sacramento, CA 95824