How Your Comments Influence Me

The Excalibur dehydrator blog post is just one example of how your comments help bring me back to a better place.  

Sometimes we WANT more
than we really NEED.

I don't need the Cadillac of dehydrators.  I'm not drying enough produce for an army.  The biggest and best dehydrator really isn't necessary here on our tiny homestead.

I had a dehydrator, once.  A cheap model I bought at Walmart many, many years ago.  Maybe it was an American Harvest - I don't remember.

I happily made my own beef jerky using that dehydrator.  And it was good. It was a delicious snack when I forged a road trip to Yellowstone National Park, all by my lonesome.

When my ex-boyfriend borrowed that dehydrator, he most conveniently decided not to return it to me, in spite of my repeated requests to have it back.  (Jerk!)

I think, based on the comments received on my last blog post, I will purchase a more cost efficient model again, perhaps the American Harvest model mentioned. I think that's the model I put on my Amazon wish list last year??

I'd like to dry the spearmint that is growing with wild abandon in our garden, before it's too late.  I've made some wonderful mojitos with same spearmint the last few weekends.

That's not to say that the Excalibur model might not retain a spot on my wish list.    ;-)

After all, if the economy decides to go to hell in a handbasket, who's to say I might not have a small army of friends and family here on our homestead to feed??!!

P.S.  Thank you for all your wonderful, informative comments!


  1. I have an American Harvest dehydrator that I've used for many years. It's seen its share of jerky, bananas and even some strawberries once or twice.

  2. Sounds good!! We can always keep the cadillacs on the wishlist.. doesn't hurt! Next up for me and my el cheapo dehydrator: more tomatoes, then herbs. I have a wonderful little herb garden - probably kept it going for almost 30 years. However, I rarely save any to use during the winter months! That's just plain crazy :-/ Happy dehydrating!! -T

  3. I purchased my first American Harvest probably 15 or 20 years ago and I used it until it died on me. The fan used was in the bottom of the old model and things that were a little wet (like jerky) would drip into the fan motor and over time the fan/motor gummed up and gave out. When I went to replace it I was pleased to see they had redesigned it, and the fan is now on top. I've had this one over 5 years and it still works as well as it did when it was new and I expect it to last many more years. Even so, I have a nice dehydrator on my wish list too :) I think the thing that is superior about dehydrators that are made in a "cabinet" style is that they probably work a bit faster and dry more evenly.

  4. ...or you could do it the old way. Cut the limbs, hang stems up in bunch out of direct light and let it dry naturally. We dry our sage just by picking the leaves and placing on paper, far enough apart to air dry and then package it.

    Dehydraters are fun. My sister did Cantelope pieces this year with a dash of sugar and cinnamon added...delicious and a good way to take care of that extra garden produce.

  5. Oh, a dehydrator! What a fun idea! Have to keep that on my list of things to look for.....
    hope you are having a great week so far!

  6. You know, sometimes all it takes is for a simple comment to change your line of thinking. I'm glad all your reader's comments helped you put things into focus :)

  7. Hi! Just wanted to thank you for becoming a follower! I really appreciate it!

  8. I bought a cheap dehydrator at a garage sale a couple of years ago and it seems to do the trick. If this one quits I'll get a mid price one to replace it. What a jerk your ex boyfriend was to keep yours!!! Last year I dried parsley, sage, and basil but this year I have rosemary and thyme and culinary lavender. If the tomatoes ever start producing I'll try drying those too. Have fun with yours when you get one!
    Maura :)

  9. Let's hope you don't have to feed an army! LOL

    Ex boyfriend needs to be kicked!!!!

    You could try rose leaves too. Organic of course! They are really tasty...

  10. You really need to teach me how to can, dehydrate, etc. I'm really a lousy farmer's wife, as I don't know any of this stuff!