Blendtec Total Blender
Countertop Blender*Note from Chef Dina I own a couple of Blendtecs and like that they're so automated. I literally just push one button and leave it alone. Great for making sauces, smoothies, and soups. If you're making something with a lot of liquid in it fill no more than 2/3rds to prevent it trying to come out of the top. Also you need to add a bit of water to smoothie recipes to get them going. Easier to clean than older vitamixes.
The all-in-one appliance to help you every day.
Total Blender is the all-in-one appliance that makes smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, milkshakes, cappuccinos, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, dressings, salsas and more! It replaces up to 9 other appliances with one fast easy-to-use machine, at a fraction of the cost.
Warranty: 7 Years (US and Canada only). Offers a 3-pay easy payment plan also. Avg Cost ~$450 or less for basic model
Excalibur Dehydrator - Ideal size for large families, large gardens, craftspeople, and sportsmen.
9 LARGE trays: 15 square feet of tray area makes this the biggest and best there is!
Built-in on/off switch 7\" fan, 600 watts, & Adjustable thermostat
Available in case color Black or Appliance White. All units come with a black door and black trays.
Warranty: 10 year warranty Cost: Depends on unit size- $149-309 (9 tray $229-259 avg)
Note from Chef Dina**I prefer the 9 tray over the smaller units because you will usually be dehydrating your recipes for up to 24hours which makes more sense to make larger quantities at one time since you'll be using around the same amount of electricity. Doing larger batches just makes good time/money sense. It's not much larger than a typical microwave. I do recommend you get both the teflex sheets and mesh screens if you order because you will need the teflex sheets for any really wet ingredients like making crackers or fruit leathers etc. Great way to make low-carb snacks and eat healthier and gluten-free! If you order through my link and send me a copy of the receipt I'll send you a bonus dehydration ebook so you'll have some fun delicious recipes to get started with! P.S. If you're a student of mine or have taken a class with me you'll be eligible for a special dehydration package from Excalibur just contact at email@example.com for more info.