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Which Dehydrator Is The Best For You?

Which Dehydrator Is The Best For You?

Food dehydrators are an important addition to any kitchen, especially if you want to save money on food costs over time. With dehydrators, you can make lots of healthy snacks, from all-natural fruit roll-ups to crunchy kale chips. You can make your own jerky or powdered milk as well. Food dehydrators are an economical way to store food while keeping 90% of its nutritional value. This saves you time by making a large amount of food at once, and money in creating homemade recipes for half the cost of store-bought items.

There are a range of dehydrators to choose from at prices to fit any budget. Here are my top six favorite food dehydrators.

Ronco 5-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator

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    This is the least expensive option. It’s a great purchase for those who are hesitant to buy a pricier model.

    Price

    $26.26

    Rating

    3.2/5 (433 reviews)

    Pros:
    Limited 10-year warranty
    Quiet
    Small and light, fits anywhere
    Heats food up to 133 degrees Fahrenheit

    Cons:
    Longer drying time.
    Only five food trays = not a lot of surface area to dry food
    Trays not dishwasher safe

    It is true that you get what you pay for. If you want to get a lot of use out of your dehydrator, I would suggest paying for some of the heavy hitters at the end of this article. That said, some people aren’t sure how much they will use their dehydrators. If you need a place to dip your baby toe in, the Ronco Dehydrator is a low-cost exploration in the market.

    Nesco FD-75PR 600-Watt Food Dehydrator

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      The Nesco FD-75PR is a great buy for the price. You get a powerful fan and the ability to dry food quickly.

      Price

      $58.49

      Rating

      4.5/5 (444 reviews)

      Pros:
      Easy to clean
      Adjustable temp from 95 – 160 degrees Fahrenheit
      Compact
      Food flavors don’t mix
      No need to rotate trays
      Blocks UV lights to keep food nutrient quality higher

      Cons:
      No on / off switch
      Loud
      Takes up a lot of counter space
      No warranty advertised

      The Nesco FD-75PR is still affordable and gives you a lot of power for a relatively low cost.

      Waring Pro DHR20 525-Watt Food Dehydrator

      Waring Pro DHR20 525-Watt Food Dehydrator

        *Currently out of stock

        If looks and kitchen style are important to you, this is your best option. Most dehydrators are more functional than fancy, but this dehydrator manages both well.

        Price

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        $60 – $130

        Rating

        4/5 (18 reviews)

        Pros:
        Attractive exterior, which is rare
        Top mounted fan
        Sealed trays so flavors don’t mix
        Dishwasher safe trays for easy clean up
        5-year warranty

        Cons:
        Can’t set exact temperature (just low, medium, and high)
        No timer to set it and forget it.
        Loud
        Takes up a lot of counter space

        The biggest drawback is the inability to set the air temperature. But, the Waring Pro DHR20 will definitely still do a great job preserving your food.

        L’ Equip Filter Pro 530-Watt Food Dehydrator

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          For the germophobic customer, the thought of filtering the air used for drying food just makes sense. This is a great buy for anyone wanting clean food at a great price.

          Price

          $120

          Rating

          4.6/5 (75 reviews)

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          Pros:
          7.2 Square Feet of space
          Can accommodate up to 20 trays
          Filters air before heating it to ensure clean air for clean food
          Set temperature between 95 – 155 degrees Fahrenheit
          Energy efficient
          24-month warranty

          Cons:
          Loud
          Takes up a lot of counter space

          With plenty of tray space and filtered air, you will enjoy making fresh recipes from L’ Equip Filter Pro for many years to come.

          Weston VegiKiln 600-Watt Food Dehydrator – $220

          Weston VegiKiln Tray Food Dehydrator

            This dehydrator gives you a lot of space, is energy efficient, and quiet. Since it takes several hours to dry food, silence is golden.

            Price

            From $105

            Rating

            4/5 (38 reviews)

            Pros:
            8 Square Feet of drying space
            No need to rotate trays
            Lots of power for the money
            Rear-mounted fan dries food evenly
            Very quiet
            Energy Efficient
            Can set thermostat from 84 – 155 degrees Fahrenheit
            Very light and compact for the amount of drying space available

            Cons:
            No timer
            No warranty advertised

            The Weston VegiKlin is a quality product that works so quietly that you won’t notice anything but the amazing aroma in your kitchen.

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            Excalibur 2900 600-Watt Dehydrator – $250

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              Excalibur is the most trusted name in dehydrators, as it has been the market leader for 30 years. They must be doing something right. This is the dehydrator I own. I use it oI love it!

              Price

              $168

              Rating

              4.6/5 (395 reviews)

              Pros:
              Produced by a solid company making dehydrators for over 30 years
              9 trays = 15 square feet of drying space
              Rear mounted fan dries food evenly
              Easy to clean
              Can set thermostat and timer from 85 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit
              10-year warranty

              Cons:
              Size – takes up a lot of counter space
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              You can’t go wrong with Excalibur! They know dehydrators!

              No matter what dehydrator you choose, using this convenient method to store and create healthy foods will be an investment in your health.

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              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

              Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

              More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

              Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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