The timing couldn’t be better for this giveaway!
I own a 9-tray Excalibur Dehydrator myself and it is a favorite kitchen tool of mine. I use my dehydator for:
- “sun-dried” tomatoes
- drying veggies like beans, zucchini, etc.
- fruit leathers
- dried fruits (plums, banana chips, apples, berries– anything that sounds good!)
- dry herbs for cooking
- drying greens, like kale, chard, spinach, etc. (last year I made my own green powder for smoothies)
- making yogurt (remove the trays and put the jars right inside)
- rising bread (very helpful in the winter, when the kitchen is cool)
- making crispy nuts and seeds (after soaking overnight)
- drying sprouted grains to make sprouted flour
I’m probably forgetting something, but you get the point! A dehydrator is an incredibly useful tool in the real food kitchen, particularly for those who want to save money by preserving as much of their own food as possible.
Why the Excalibur in particular?
When I was saving up several years ago to buy a new dehydrator, I did a lot of looking around. After reading umpteen reviews and comparing features, I was convinced that if I was going to spend the money, the Excalibur was the way to go.
After using it for the past 3 years, I’m still convinced. I would buy another Excalibur in a heartbeat, except that I don’t anticipate needing to anytime soon because mine is still in such great condition.
They are excellent quality, have a wide range of temperature settings, the large trays are square not round for better spacing, and you can remove and rearrange trays as desired. My only complaint is that it is a bit loud, but honestly, all dehydrators are loud. There isn’t much getting around the noise. If it bothers you, use it somewhere like your laundry room instead of the kitchen.
What is Cultures for Health?
Aside from offering high-quality kitchen tools like Excalibur dehydrators, various yogurt makers, grain mills, and fermentation crocks, Cultures for Health is also my number one recommendation for purchasing starter cultures. Here’s what they offer:
- Yogurt starters
- Kefir grains (both dairy and water kefir)
- Sourdough starters
- Kombucha starter
- Buttermilk starter
- Soy cultures
- Other cultures (like sour cream, creme fraiche, vegetable starter, and the Body Ecology starter)
Making your own cultured and fermented foods is far easier than you might think, and you can save a tremendous amount of money on these healthful foods when you make them yourself.
In other words, Cultures for Health is a valuable resource for anyone desiring to make delicious, cultured, bursting-with-enzymes-and-nutrition real foods!
But back to the giveaway…
Would you like to be entered to win a 4-tray Excalibur Dehydrator ($129.99 value) from Cultures for Health?
Unlike the other giveaways this week, we’re not using Rafflecopter for the dehydrator. Instead, it’s a very quick and simple process of entering your name and email to sign up for the Cultures for Health newsletter, which will then enter you in the contest.
Once subscribed, you have you the option to unsubscribe at any time, although you probably won’t want to, since the newsletter offers helpful tips and recipes for making cultured foods, and even special sales and discounts each month!
Note: Although you are welcome to leave a comment, the only way to enter the giveaway is by clicking on the above link.
Giveaway ends Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 3pm PST.