Lol Babe :) It is work chopping and prepping to get the job done. I think Californian's pay extra for fresh fruit and veggies. Like everything else.
GB: Forgot to mention a few setbacks with my dehydrator. They are minor.
1.) Electrical cord is short. I mean short. I had to rearrange the counters work areas to accommodate the box. It worked out and were friends.
2.) The noise, as the food dries the front cover vibrates/rattles. It starts out alright, the noise is tolerable. But as it dries items the louder it gets. That to me IS the timer. Things are almost done. If you do decide on the Ex, invest in a package of felt adhesive backing pads. Large circle's. Cut them in half and stick them on the front, (all corners) of the unit. Not the door itself. The glue really holds the pads on even when it's hot. That eliminates the noise drastically.
3.) If your tall disregard this: The temp dial is located on the top! I can't see it! Unless I get out the step stool.
4.) This is new to me. I'll have to check further into it. Taylor Digital Cooking Thermometer/Timer
This is the best dehydrator comparison chart I could find for ya.
Food Dehydrator Comparison chart including Excalibur and Lequip