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Giveaway! Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Dehydrated food is incredibly good for you. When you dehydrate fruits and vegetables, you remove only the water. Dehydrating raw, fresh foods preserves them, yet keeps the vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes intact. If you have a home garden, you can dehydrate your harvest and store it from one season to the next so you can enjoy the foods all year long. Dehydrated food is easily stored in baggies, mason jars, or vacuum-sealed packages, plus it's more lightweight so it's perfectly portable. I was thrilled at the opportunity to do a review of the Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator!
The Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator comes with nine drying trays. Each tray is fully removable, so if you're drying "taller" foods like broccoli, you can simply remove the tray above it for extra room. The nine trays allow you to dehydrate a lot of food at one time. This dehydrator also features two drying fans so if you're drying a small amount of food, you can just use the top trays and fan to save energy. When you fill all the trays with food, the dual fans allow food to dehydrate more quickly and completely. The mesh pattern of the drying trays also allows the air to circulate around the food more effectively. The plastic components of this dehydrator are all BPA-free.
The Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator measures 19.7" W x 14.6" H x 17" D and the trays each measure 15.25" W x 1" H x 13" D. To put that in perspective, I was able to fit the slices of two large bananas on just one tray. Its size allows for counter-top storage that will fit under the top kitchen cabinets. I really like the practical design of the Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator's door; it opens downward on hinges and features a clear glass window so I can actually see the food as it's dehydrating.
The control panel is located on the front above the door handle. It has a built-in timer for up to 99 hours, although I can't imagine anything taking that long to dehydrate. Most fruits and vegetables take 8-12 hours to dehydrate. Meats for jerky take a bit longer. The control panel is easy to see with its LED digital display and easy to use with just a few buttons to set the temperature (plus a feature for F or C temperature), time, and mode. There is a simple on/off toggle switch and a push button to start the process. The Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator comes with an easy-to-read user manual that includes guidelines, safety precautions, and even some simple recipes.
I originally thought the dehydrator was simply for fruits, veggies, and meats, but Tribest included a hardback, full-color recipe book. Simply Dehydrated by Jenny Ross opens up a whole world of ways to use the Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator. This book teaches how to make things in the dehydrator like sweet corn pancakes, bbq coconut jerky, vegetable crackers, honey date bread, cinnamon pecans, strawberry wraps, tortillas, plus soups, garnishes, appetizers, entrees, and even desserts like almond biscotti and chocolate lava cake. Jenny Ross also created two other books, Raw Basics and The Art of Raw Living Food, that I want to add to my kitchen library.
I decided to start learning to dehydrate foods by doing something simple - dehydrated banana slices. I took two perfectly ripened bananas and sliced them. I learned it's best to keep slices between 1/8" and 1/4" for best results. The thicker the food item, the longer the drying time. I also learned it's best to begin the process early in the day, so that I'm not staying up late waiting for them to finish. On the other hand, you could start them late at night before bed, run it overnight since it's a quiet kitchen appliance, and have the foods ready first thing in the morning.
Since bananas tend to brown when they hit the air, it's recommended to dip them in a lemon/water mix before laying them on the tray. I squeezed the juice from a fresh lemon and added about a cup of water. As I sliced the banana pieces, I dropped them into the lemon water. When the bowl began to get full, I moved the slices to the dehydrator tray to make room in the bowl.
I set the dehydrator tray catty-corner over my sink while I loaded it up, so that if any of the lemon-water dripped off, I could just rinse it down the sink. Once I had both bananas sliced, dipped, and spread out over the tray to allow for good air circulation, I set the temperature to 110 and the timer for 8 hours. The Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator kicked on quietly and I barely noticed it was running. This dehydrator also features an automatic pause and resume function when the door opens and closes, plus a timer bell to alert me at the end of 8 hours. My banana slices actually ended up needing to dry for an extra two hours because I sliced them a bit thick.
My dehydrated banana slices turned out beautifully! I am extremely impressed with the Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator and I cannot wait to use it more. I definitely want to try some marinated vegetables and beef jerky, and I'll probably take a stab at some of the fancier ideas from the Simply Dehydrated book. I'm very excited to learn more about what this dehydrator can do, since I'm planning on starting my backyard garden this spring, now that we're settled into our new home. I will continue to share with you as I use it more and more.
You can find out more about the Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator HERE. There are also some videos on YouTube that will show you how to make foods in the dehydrator. I watched a number of them before I even used mine, so that I would feel more confident while learning to use it. I love this dehydrator and highly recommend it!

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One lucky person is going to win a Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator! To enter, just fill in the contest form below. All entries will be verified. This giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. The giveaway will end at midnight on 1/31/2015. Good luck!



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118 comments:

  1. I have this dehydrator and LOVE it - however I would also love to win one for my son.

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  2. Like I just shared excitedly with you on Twitter when I saw your tweet- this beauty is my dream dehydrator! If we won this, we'd make Beef Jerky first. Thanks for the chance!

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  3. This was on my list of gadgets to get in 2015 to help us eat healthier. I would love to make our own dehydrated fruit so that I know exactly what is in it.

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  4. I would love to have this dehydrator; been looking for one. thanks for the chance :)

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  5. Wow, this is a great giveaway! I'd make some dried apricots first.

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  6. I would love to dry fruits and meats in the Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator.

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  7. We would love to win this! I am not sure what I would dehydrate first, but it would sure help us to keep foods that often go to waste!

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  8. I have wanted one of these for the longest time, I would love to try some bananas and would love to try jerky too.

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  9. I watched the video about the Tribest Sedona Combo Rawfood Dehydrator. There was nothing that I didn't like about this dehydrator. I love the Raw Mode that maintains the enzymes in the raw food. I would love to have this dehydrator to complement my food storage.

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  10. I have been wanting to dry fruits and veggies for the longest time. Dehydrated food lasts so much longer than canning.

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  11. The Tribest looks easy to use and I would love to own it!

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  12. We love to dry green beans from our large garden in the dehydrator. I can't imagine being able to dry them with all these nice trays that the Tribest has!

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  13. I love that they have videos on YouTube! I love the features on this dehydrator and my favorite is the Two-Stage Sequential Temperature-Timer and quiet operation!!

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  14. I would love to try this to make our own dried fruit.

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  15. That is the best dehydrator I have seen. I love it.

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  16. This is so nice! i would use this for a lot of things!

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  17. I have seriously been thinking about buying a dehydrator mainly to make natural healthy treats for my dog, but I would love to experiment with all kinds of food. This dehydrator is a beauty!

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  18. If you haven't used a dehydrator, your missing out. The Tribest Sedona Dehydrator is an awesome prize.

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  19. I like the fact that its so compact and neat and I can leave it on te counter for when I am ready to use it.

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  20. On their FB page I seen the dehydrated apple chips topped with caramel. I would make those if I won.

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  21. I love this because I have a small kitchen and this is much more compact and manageable than most dehydrators that I have seen. I would work my way through the book from the easiest to hardest, getting healthier along the way. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

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  22. I've never had a dehydrator, I would sure love one! I'd start off with veggies like eggplant, mushrooms and tomatoes and then go on to fruits!

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  23. After playing with the "toy" ones from the big box stores, I'm ready for a real tool.

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  24. I really like the design and shape of this dehydrator much more space friendly than the round ones

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  25. I would love to win this dehydrator. I would try making jerky and dehydrating some food from our garden.

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  26. I love to have one, i've always wanted to my my own banana chips and veggie chips. I really like Tribest because it's a black square/rectangle and it has sliding trays like an oven vs. the white and round dehydrators i usually see that stacks the trays and you have to lift the off one another

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  27. I love dried veggie and banana slices.I am sure that Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator will be great for banana and veggie chips :) I just love them.

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  28. The Sedona Combo Rawfood Dehydrator comes packed with outstanding features like the digital thermostat, dual fan technology, stainless steel handle, and a transparent glass door.

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  29. This looks like a much nicer unit than those I've been looking at.

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  30. It looks like a fantastic addition to our kitchen. I love being able to make things at home vs. purchasing them with all the nasty preservatives in the stores.

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  31. This would be great. We could dehydrate and store all the excess from our garden!

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  32. A friend brought me his dehydrated tomatoes. I'd SO love to do that this summer with a dehydrator.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  33. I have been looking for a really good dehydrator. I struggle with candida so doing my own food is a must to heal.

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  34. I hade a dehydrator before and it died but I loved using it. This one is alot better than the one I had too.
    Sarah Oswald

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  35. A long time ago I had a dehydrator that was round. It was a very cheap one and did not work all the great. I love that this is not round and that it has so many trays. I would love to own this.

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  36. In my quest for whole food eating, I have run across some great sounding ways to use a dehydrator. This one looks very nice.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  37. I have a dehydrator and use it. I really like that this dehydrator has a clear glass window so I can actually see the food as it's dehydrating. Mine doesn't have that.

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  38. I have never heard of this dehydrator until today. I've seen some similar to it and have always wanted this style before. I'm super excited about this blog post and the giveaway. Thanks for the chance. I love that there is a lot more space in this than there is in my round stacking tray dehydrator.

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  39. I've always wanted a food dehydrator. I like this one because it looks like holds a lot.

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  40. Oh wow! I have been wanting one of these for a while. This one is amazing. I love how it comes with a recipe book too. I would love to see how to make certain things.

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  41. I have never used a dehydrator - but it looks useful!

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  42. I would love to win this. Looks great.

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  43. I have wanted a dehydrator for some time. I am a vegetarian, and preparing to become vegan. A dehydrator would be a great tool in my kitchen.

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  44. I would love to use this to make apple chips!! YUM!!

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  45. I would love to make beef jerky in the Tribest Sedona Dehydrator.

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  46. This is awesome.. I can't wait to try it out!

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  47. I would love a Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator.Thanks

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  48. This is the best dehydrator on the market. Thanks for the chance!

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  49. My mom used to have a dehydrator, and it was awesome! I'd love to win this one.

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  50. This looks great and the recipe book sounds fantastic. I would love to play with this but the first thing I would probably make was bananas. My grandson LOVES them and this would be so great for him!

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  51. I love dehydrated fruit and jerky, it would be cool to win this.

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  52. I love dehydrated fruits. It's a great way to get my grandchildren to eat more fruits too. We love jerky as well. I use to have one not nearly as nice as this one. Would love to win this and have fruits and jerky all the time.

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  53. Oh wow this is great I have always wanted a food dehydrator Please pick me this is awesome

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  54. I've never used a dehydrator or ate dehydrated food- but this would be fun to play around with!!

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  55. I love how it has a 99 hr timer! Also it's huge! Way bigger than the little round ones!

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  56. I've been wanting one of these for so long! My twins love dehydrated fruits

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  57. I would love to have this!! So many things I could do with it. This looks like a great one too! Rita Spratlen

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  58. It will be a good addition to dehydrate berries and veggies , and add this to kiddos diet. When the kids see the process happening in front of their eyes they tend to eat them.

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  59. Love this for our deer meat

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  60. loved the info on the dehydrator. I like to dehydrate my fruit and veggies. I have been vegan for almost a year now so i would definitely put this to good use. for conformation followed on instagram under prosperityqueen_ twitter MrsAbundance_ and klout under Angela Simmons. Thanks for the opportunity

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  61. i would love to dry fruits and make my own trail mix!

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  62. I would like to make my own jerky =)

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  63. I have always wanted one to make jerky and fruit roll ups!

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  64. I could really use this dehydrator!

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  65. Looks like so much fun, I would love to use this at home!

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  66. I absolutely love that it is so compact! I have a tiny kitchen and this would fit right in!
    Nicole Carter Weasley on the form.

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  67. I would love to try this to make our own dried fruit.

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  68. Hello Lisa, Blessed New Year and thank you so much for your generosity. The Sedona Dehydrator is the soulmate I long to live with for the rest of my life - in eternal Raw bliss!

    Best of luck to you, myself and everyone here =)

    Warmest Wishes
    Sonia Chan
    (Twitter: The Name is Sonia)

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  69. Hope I win. I love dried bananas and strawberries.

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  70. i like how they come with 9 trays seems like i could do a lot of work with this machine

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  71. I have wanted one of these for the longest time, I would love to try some tomatoes

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  72. I would love to own this dehydrator,Dehydrated food is incredibly good for you.

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  73. I think its amazing to be able to make fresh food/snacks in your home - shaunie

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  74. This would be great to have. I have been interested in making our own dehydrated fruit and jerky for some time now.

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  75. I've always wanted a food dehydrator. I would love to do fruit but also herbs and flowers. I have never heard of this particular brand but it looks like a real quality unit. Thanks for a great giveaway!
    trishden948(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. Although I've wanted a dehydrator for a long time, now I think I want This Tribest Rawfood model, because it goes beyond dehydrating--imagine being able to make crackers and breads with it! Who knew? Thanks!

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  77. Very nice to have! Great for preserving foods and healthy also!

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  78. I learned that I can dehydrate fruits for healthy snacks without all those extra stuff.

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  79. I follow on Instagram as @angevege.

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  80. I just saw a recipe for raw crackers. Can't wait to try that!

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  81. I know you can make your own jerky and dried fruit. I would love this machine.

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  82. I would love to own one of these to make beef and deer jerky along with dehydrating fruits and fresh herbs.

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  83. The Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator would be great for saving some of the fruits and veggies we get at Farmer's Markets in summer and fall.

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  84. I want to dehydrate raw fruits/veggies and maybe even meat.

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  85. Leave a comment below about the Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator.

    i would like to have one..those bananas look sweet baby

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  86. I am an avid gardener and if I owned a Tribest Sedona Rawfood Dehydrator, I would dry tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables from the garden as well as fruits!

    ellen beck

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  87. I have been wanting one of these for so long! I would like to make Beef Jerkey with it.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  88. I would like to have this dehydrator for my tomatoes this summer.

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  89. I like the tray shape on this and it seems easy to clean.

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  90. I'd love this to be able to preserve all of my garden goodies! What a great way to save money and enjoy not letting anything go to waste!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  91. I think this is so neat and I could imagine all the goodies I could make for my sons school lunch.

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  92. Wow. This looks amazing. I would LOVE to have this (and I LOVE LOVE LOVE banana "chips").

    Jenilee W.

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  93. Nothing would go to waste from my garden this summer. Just dehydrate it to preserve it.

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  94. Wow, sure could use this! Love to dehydrate all my fruits!

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  95. youtube ID is Tan'na Wings

    ellen beck

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  96. This would be great for drying herbs.

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  97. This would be perfect for our summer hiking/ camping trips. I would love to be able to dehydrate fresh fruit.

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  98. This would be perfect for our summer hiking/ camping trips. I would love to be able to dehydrate fresh fruit.

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  99. I would LOVE to win this! My husband would be PSYCHED! We've been wanting one for so long but it hasn't been in our budget. The TribestLife one is really nice. You can tell it's very high quality. I love that it's computerized and has a 2 stage timer. I also love that it comes with a 5 year warranty! Awesome!

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  100. My mom would love this for grapfruit

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  101. I have always wanted my own dehydrator. I could use it to make my own trail mix as well as some turkey or beef jerky.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  102. i would love a dehydrator for fruit! and i would get creative with other things too. oh this would be put to great use :)

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  103. I would love a dehydrator and this one looks great. I would dehydrate so many fruits and vegetables!

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  104. I like the features on this. Great way to save money too

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  105. instagram ID gmrich22
    pinterest ID http://www.pinterest.com/brich2222/

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  106. This looks awesome I love dried fruit mixed with granola..That is what I would use this for :)

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  107. Thanks for chance to win. Like to dry fruits, vegetables and jerky

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  108. We love buying dried fruit, veggies and jerky and with Tribest Dehydrator we would be make to make our own.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  109. We have been looking at food dehydrators for quite some time now but haven't had the chance to really buy one. Hubby has said one of these days we will have one lol. The features on the dehydrator that you have reviewed are VERY CLOSE to what we are actually wanting!

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  110. I have always wanted one. I love dried fruits

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  111. I would love to win this dehydrator. I am beginning to live a new healthy lifestyle and winning would be a huge help as I'm unable to afford a dehydrator and I know having one will make healthy living much simpler and better for me and my family

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  112. Beats the heck out of my plastic one

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  113. I like the digital thermostat, dual fan technology, stainless steel handle, and transparent glass door.

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  114. This looks so awesome! I've never tried out one before, but I imagine I'd start with the easier things first. I imagine my snacking would be a lot more healthier with this in my kitchen. I love that it has so many trays. I imagine the more you put in it, the longer it would have to run?

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  115. I have been wanting a dehydrator, but haven't bought one yet. This one looks really nice.

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