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Dehydrators/Teflex
Julieangh
ID#: 69996
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9:40:28 PM on 05-01-2007
Does anyone know whether the teflex sheets (made of teflon) used with dehydrators are safe to use?

I've been told that wax paper is an alternative and am wondering if this is safe?
Steve
ID#: 70007
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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4:33:00 AM on 06-01-2007
Hi Julieangh

If you dont get any luck here.....

Have you tried here http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/

They talk about all that stuff.

Cheers

Steve

tallpoppy
ID#: 70014
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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9:01:07 AM on 06-01-2007
Thanks for that link Steve.  I cant imagine myself being exclusively into raw food but have been craving good fresh food and the food photos on this site are wonderful!

Julieangh,  I am avoiding teflon at the moment due to a discussion with a trusted friend about health risks.  However, I have had so much change in my life lately that I have not had time to investigate further.  I would also like to buy a dehydrator. What type do you recommend?
Julieangh
ID#: 70046
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4:51:58 PM on 06-01-2007
Thanks for the site, Steve, I'll check it out.

I'm getting an Excalibur through Raw Pleasure.   The teflex sheets are only used when dehydrating very wet food, and I think I'll try substituting waxed paper.

veb
ID#: 70082
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12:53:15 AM on 07-01-2007
i can't comment on the the teflex sheets in a technical sense, but presumably if excalibur and raw pleasure both sell them they're ok.

i have a bunch myself, and haven't noticed any problems. sometimes when you use plastic, the taste tends to migrate, especially with heat, but that hasn't been an issue (at least in my case).

that said, while ja said she's getting her dehydrator through raw pleasure, if anyone else is interested i have a 9 tray Excalibur i'd like to sell, simply because i've found that i'm not really into dehydrated food - other than dried fruit which i can buy fairly cheaply.

i'll be putting an ad in the For Sale section in the next few weeks, but if anyone's keen, post here and i'll reply (within 2 or 3 days if not sooner).
judith
ID#: 70090
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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7:41:34 AM on 07-01-2007
A friend of mine might be interested but where do I find the For Sale section?  Thanks.  nelehatacenet.net.au.
Silverfire
ID#: 70223
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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1:07:26 PM on 08-01-2007

Hi Julie,

can't comment from an expert point of view, but I remember reading up on teflon a while back and I think the main problem with it is the high temperatures it's heated to.

With teflex in the dehydrator, I doubt it would be an issue as generally the temp is not raised above 60 degrees celcius (maximum, mostly they are used at 55 or below).

I have a dehydrator (just a sunbeam round) and happily use wax baking paper in it. Just don't substitute non baking wax paper, stuff like flax cracker batter seems to melt into it!

I usually use the wax baking paper several times over before changing it, so I don't go through heaps at a time.

I'm saving up for an excalibur, so would happily use the teflex sheets myself for all my raw food recipes. As do most people who use the dehydrator for raw foods etc.

Have fun with your new excalibur!
Silverfire
ID#: 70224
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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1:09:05 PM on 08-01-2007
Judith,

Raw Pleasure's website is:

www.rawpleasure.com.au

they are an Australian company that sells raw food and relevant kitchen utensils including dehydrators.
Julieangh
ID#: 70289
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7:08:43 PM on 08-01-2007
I got an email from Alissa Cohen's site and it was said that the teflex should be okay as long as it's not scratched, but waxed baking paper could be substituted, so I think I'll go for the waxed paper seeing as someone mentioned that they found that worked.   However, I do now recall reading that high temperatures was one of the issues for teflon.
Thanks for the replies and suggestions.
judith
ID#: 70292
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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7:40:57 PM on 08-01-2007
Silverfire, thank you for that information but it is the second-hand one for sale by veb that I was wondering about.
Silverfire
ID#: 70310
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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9:11:36 AM on 09-01-2007
oops sorry Judith :)
veb
ID#: 70329
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11:51:53 AM on 09-01-2007
hi judith

i haven't put the Excalibur on the For Sale section yet, as i wanted to sort out a few other things first. but since this thread was going, i thought i'd mention it here.

the unit's as new, with a teflex sheet for each tray, which means 9 sheets. it works great, and i was impressed with how practical it is. trouble is, as i mentioned, i found i'm not really a fan of dehydrated food!

it's black with no timer and a bit less than 1 year old. i bought it from raw pleasure and have sent them an email asking about the warranty, so might know more in a day or two. if that stands on resale, it still has 9 years left.

raw pleasure sells them for $499. you get one teflex sheet with this and extras are $17.50 each.

the teflex sheets are easy to clean - just wipe them down.

as i said, the machine's as new, and it would be almost like buying a new one provided the warranty remains valid.

i'm looking at $400 for the works - that is, the Excalibur plus 8 teflex sheets.

if you have any more questions, put them up here, and i'll answer them in 3 days or less.
anaami
ID#: 75978
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11:29:13 AM on 19-02-2007
Veb, just wondering if you found out about the warranty situation on your dehytrator. I may be interested. anaami
Amulya
ID#: 75979
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11:36:53 AM on 19-02-2007
What is a dehydrator? And what is it used for?
anaami
ID#: 75985
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12:00:22 PM on 19-02-2007
It's a low temperature cooker for making foods that are 'cooked' in consistency however still raw in nature. ie It doesn't heat them above a certain temperate (I think around 52 degrees C - please correct me if I'm wrong).
Amulya
ID#: 76015
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3:36:13 PM on 19-02-2007
I guess I just prefer my raw food raw.
veb
ID#: 76097
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8:21:17 AM on 20-02-2007
hi anaami

about the warranty, raw pleasure didn't reply when i wrote initially - may have been a problem with their website??

i've written again and will post the answer when i get it.
veb
ID#: 78892
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12:01:50 AM on 14-03-2007
raw pleasure have told me that the warranty is only valid for the initial owner.

they've said they'd still do repairs, if required, but this would be for a 'small fee'.

a pity, since for me, as first owner, there are around 9 years of warranty left. the consolation is, with the length of warranty, things are unlikely to go wrong.

but don't things go wrong just when they're not 'supposed' to...??



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