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Excalibur's Statement about Thermostat Inaccuracies

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Excalibur's Statement about Thermostat Inaccuracies

The article below was provided at the International Living and Raw Foods festival. was a presenter and exhibitor. This information is being shared with our friends, our customers. Thank you for your patronage.

Dear Excalibur Owner,

In the past couple of years as the raw food lifestyle has become more popular, some raw foodists have become concerned about thermostat in their Excalibur not holding an accurate air temperature. This concern has arisen due to a couple of reasons. One reason is the lack of instruction we have provided on how the dehydrator was designed to work, which then leads to the second reason, which is a lack of understanding on the part of the user on what is happening during the dehydration process, and how the enzymes are effected by various temperatures. Because of this concern parts of the raw food community have urged us to design a new dehydrator with a thermostat that will accurately control the air temperature.

One of our main goals as a company is to produce a product that meets the needs of our customers. Therefore we responded to the request and spent hundreds of hours testing at least a dozen different thermostats. Twice we thought we found the right one, and both times they failed to get the approval of the raw food chefs that tested them. They simply said the old one worked better. This created a concern for us because we had based our decision upon inaccurate information, for example that temperatures above 105 F would destroy all enzymes. We then devoted our time and effort into finding the information we had to have before we could proceed with developing a new product. Based upon what we already knew from almost 30 years of experience, and information we found through recent testing and research, we have discovered that Excalibur’s present design and thermostat is superior for living foods.

The Excalibur Dehydrator’s thermostat was never originally designed to hold an accurate air temperature, but was specifically designed for, and very accurate at controlling food temperature. However it is very important to understand what is happening in the dehydration process. Here are some aspects of the process that are most critical to understand: FIRST, understanding the difference between air temperature and food temperature, and how the evaporation process keeps food temp lower than air temp, SECOND, understanding how the thermostat works by causing the air temperature to fluctuate up and down. and THIRD, understanding at which point in the dehydration process that the enzymes are most susceptible to destruction by heat, which is while the food is in its wet state. After the food is dehydrated the enzymes can with stand much higher temperatures.

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