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Old 11-30-2022, 11:32 AM   #1
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Looking to get a Dehydrator. Don't want to spend a lot on a commercial grade unit, but don't want to buy a POS either. Any suggestions?

This one at Cabelas looks ok. Just not sure about capacity.

https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/cabe...ray-dehydrator
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Old 11-30-2022, 12:52 PM   #2
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We bought the cheap and simple Game Winner dehydrator for $49 from
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Although, it is much less capacity than the one from Cabelas, ours does 5 lbs of sliced and cured meat per cycle.

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Old 11-30-2022, 01:04 PM   #3
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I bit the bullet and bought an Excalibur 9-tray for around $300. I use it for jerky, vegetable/fruit snacks, and making my own seasonings out of dehydrated peppers. It's a beast.
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:07 PM   #4
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How long will dehydrated fruits and vegetables last bro? I think Smart told me his jerky was good for a week.
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:12 PM   #6
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We bought the cheap and simple Game Winner dehydrator for $49 from
academy and it has been flawless for years for us. Every year, I make upwards of 30+ lbs. of deer jerky without issue and its simple cleanup.
Although, it is much less capacity than the one from Cabelas, ours does 5 lbs of sliced and cured meat per cycle.

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5 lbs seems like a good amount. Do you know the approx sqr inch cooking area?
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:17 PM   #7
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How long will dehydrated fruits and vegetables last bro? I think Smart told me his jerky was good for a week.
We use the jar attachment on a vacuum sealer after dehydrating. Probably a year or two at least. But yeah...jerky lasts a few days.
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:20 PM   #8
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That one would work...
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:23 PM   #9
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I have a 9-tray Excalibur also. It was $250 about 6 years ago. Has worked flawlessly.
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:26 PM   #10
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A jar attachment on a vacuums sealer? I’d like to see that work. But jerky can be frozen as well come to think of it.
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:31 PM   #11
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I also use a cheaper unit, a Nesco, with four racks. Picture shown is four pounds of ground, already dehydrated meat made into jerky. It would hold a little more than that as is, and you can purchase extra racks if you want more volume. Had it for several years and no issues.
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Old 11-30-2022, 01:33 PM   #12
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A jar attachment on a vacuums sealer? Iíd like to see that work. But jerky can be frozen as well come to think of it.
fast forward to 3 minutes:

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Old 11-30-2022, 01:33 PM   #13
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My wife bought this one from Amazon a few years back.
Does great, definitely want to get one with a variable temptature.
It's gone up quite a bit in price lately though.


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Old 11-30-2022, 01:53 PM   #14
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5 lbs seems like a good amount. Do you know the approx sqr inch cooking area?

Iím not entirely sure to be honest. The seasoning packet does 5Lbs of jerky cure and that amount fits snugly in our dehydrator.


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Old 11-30-2022, 01:55 PM   #15
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Thanks Bobby
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Old 11-30-2022, 03:33 PM   #16
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got a Presto Dehydro Dehydrator from walmart for around $50 that ive had for several years and works great. comes with 4 trays and additional trays can be bought seperate
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Old 11-30-2022, 03:36 PM   #17
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I use the game winner cheap ones as well. Mine work flawlessly. I just made 15lbs. of jerky the day before Thanksgiving. The jerky will stay "good" for about a month in the bag, not chilled. I have made 30-45lbs of jerky every year for the last 5 years on the game winners.
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Old 11-30-2022, 03:46 PM   #18
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I have the one you are looking at. Bought it several years ago. It was on sale then for less than a $100.

I went from a round nesco. Definitely a step up. I really recommend one with the variable temp. This one is easy cleanup. I want say I can start wit about 7 pounds of meat. I usually go with 5.


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Old 11-30-2022, 04:07 PM   #19
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I just bought a 6 tray from Meatyourmaker.com So far seems like a good bu. They just had a major black friday/ cyber monday sale. Might be worth a call to see if they will honor pricing
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Old 11-30-2022, 06:51 PM   #20
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I bought this LEM at Academy a few years back and it seems to be good quality for the price. Not a large one however but didn't need any bigger.
https://www.academy.com/p/lem-5-tray-dehydrator
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Old 11-30-2022, 07:46 PM   #21
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I have the 9 tray Excalibur, several years old. Has worked good so far, we don't use it a lot, though.
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Old 11-30-2022, 08:16 PM   #22
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Looking to get a Dehydrator. Don't want to spend a lot on a commercial grade unit, but don't want to buy a POS either. Any suggestions?

This one at Cabelas looks ok. Just not sure about capacity.

https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/cabe...ray-dehydrator
I have this one. I can't remember but I think it will do about 5-7 lbs of ground jerky at a time. I have no issues with it.
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Old 11-30-2022, 08:19 PM   #23
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We bought the cheap and simple Game Winner dehydrator for $49 from
academy and it has been flawless for years for us. Every year, I make upwards of 30+ lbs. of deer jerky without issue and its simple cleanup.
Although, it is much less capacity than the one from Cabelas, ours does 5 lbs of sliced and cured meat per cycle.

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I got one of these last year when my old one crapped out. Works great. 5 lbs of sliced or gunned is spot on.


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Old 11-30-2022, 08:22 PM   #24
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Vacuum seal and freeze jerky…..snacks for the year! And the taste is still pretty dang good! I’ve had one of the older Nesco brands for years….still does well. Although I’d like a commercial grade,bigger model
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Old 11-30-2022, 08:43 PM   #25
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Never had good luck with round dehydrators, owned several and got rid of them. Got this LEM and it works great. Academy has 20% off site wide today too. https://www.academy.com/p/lem-10-tray-dehydrator
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Old 12-06-2022, 10:52 AM   #26
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Back in the market for a dehydrator upgrade with Christmas around the corner and wanted to ask you folks with the Excalibur and LEM 9+ trays how much you have to rotate the trays and how easy cleanup of said trays is? I know with my round one I need to scrub pretty good but them again it may be the allegro marinade I use on full muscle baking on them. I'm looking for more capacity, square trays for easier squirt jerky making and easy cleanup
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Old 12-06-2022, 10:57 AM   #27
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We used to use Allegro on all our steaks, never tried it on jerky I just sprinkle down with Bolner's jerky seasoning and go. I think I'll try a batch with Allegro and see how it turns out.

I don't even clean my trays, but my jerky is pretty dry when it hits the trays already.
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Old 12-06-2022, 10:59 AM   #28
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We used to use Allegro on all our steaks, never tried it on jerky I just sprinkle down with Bolner's jerky seasoning and go. I think I'll try a batch with Allegro and see how it turns out.

I don't even clean my trays, but my jerky is pretty dry when it hits the trays already.



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Mine is wet as heck with full muscle and bakes on .... I have to soak and scrub.
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Mine is wet as heck with full muscle and bakes on .... I have to soak and scrub.
I use Alegro and it does make a mess but the dishwasher cleans the trays right up. No scrubbin needed

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Old 12-06-2022, 11:20 AM   #30
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I use Alegro and it does make a mess but the dishwasher cleans the trays right up. No scrubbin needed

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Mine does not. Got a new DW last year so maybe it will do a better job. Hopefully the new trays will clean up better as well.
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Old 12-06-2022, 11:42 AM   #31
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Back in the market for a dehydrator upgrade with Christmas around the corner and wanted to ask you folks with the Excalibur and LEM 9+ trays how much you have to rotate the trays and how easy cleanup of said trays is? I know with my round one I need to scrub pretty good but them again it may be the allegro marinade I use on full muscle baking on them. I'm looking for more capacity, square trays for easier squirt jerky making and easy cleanup
I have an excalibur and don't rotate the trays at all. I spray trays with Pam and still wash them with a stiff brush after jerky

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Old 12-06-2022, 02:26 PM   #32
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I have one very similar, from Cabelas, but much older model. Had it about 10 years or more. It perfectly holds jerky sliced from all 6 "roasts" from a 90 lb field dressed doe. That's 2 each of the rump, tip, and round. About 10 - 12 pounds, wet. All trimmed thoroughly and sliced about 1/4" thick, or slightly thicker. Usually have 1 tray only partially filled. I make several batches each year, depending on how many deer we kill, and give away much of it for holiday gifts.

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Old 12-06-2022, 02:37 PM   #33
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My Mom gave me one she got at a yard sale for $2.50 about 15yrs ago. Still going strong. The only thing I don't like, it is round, I wish it was square to fit more stuff but for less than 3 bucks, I have to say it has performed well.
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I got a 10 tray LEM a couple of years ago when Academy ran them on sale from $199 to $99. Itís a great machine. I just ordered one online at Academy for my father in lawís Christmas gift. Itís $199 regular price. We fit 23 lbs of sliced meat in it with about 1/2 tray to spare. The only thing I wish they wouldíve made different is the 2 piece doors.




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I got a 10 tray LEM a couple of years ago when Academy ran them on sale from $199 to $99. Itís a great machine. I just ordered one online at Academy for my father in lawís Christmas gift. Itís $199 regular price. We fit 23 lbs of sliced meat in it with about 1/2 tray to spare. The only thing I wish they wouldíve made different is the 2 piece doors.
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Same time I got mine, and I told Smart the same thing about the goofy doors. They work though, just weird.
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After this season and the cost to process my harvest I will definitely be getting one
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Old 12-06-2022, 03:59 PM   #37
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Same time I got mine, and I told Smart the same thing about the goofy doors. They work though, just weird.

Iíll talk him into getting one


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I need to talk with your boss about the cleanup
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Never had good luck with round dehydrators, owned several and got rid of them. Got this LEM and it works great. Academy has 20% off site wide today too. https://www.academy.com/p/lem-10-tray-dehydrator

Dang I wish Iíd have started dehydrator shopping before Black Friday and caught this 20% off deal
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I need to talk with your boss about the cleanup

I do the cookin, she does the cleanin


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