GB: Sooo glad you picked the Ex. It will come with a manual. Register the unit with the manufacture. Only takes a minute to do. They send out several times a year booklets with special deals on their products. I want the jerky gun. Will go well with my arsenal of assault cookware. :)
Hope you bought the flat mats. Roll ups of any kind need the flat mats. If not an alternative can be used.
The dehydrator has so many uses, like the fantastic advice already given here.It's unlimited.
We no longer toss out stale crackers, chips, stored beans and such. They can be put into the dehydrator and re hydrated to it's original crispy state. Or vice versa with breads,bagels.
I make my dogs treats in the Ex. That way I know whats going into it, and having an older Lab she's 11 now,I can make them soft and chewy for her. A bagel dried out is perfect for teething puppies.
Here's a few links I keep bookmarked, great sites for new ideas. Have fun !!!
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