I got the Excaliber for Christmas as well. So far the best results were apples. We got a big basket of Jonagold from a local fruit farm that I guess uses N2 storage. The apples were still very nice and firm. The first batch was so good that we bought another basket. Filled up all nine trays 3 times. Cored and sliced the apples about 1/4 inch thick. Dipped slices in “Fruit Fresh” solution as they were sliced. Dried at 135 F for about 8 hours. Used a mandoline slicer – watch finger tips! Leftover bits that we didn’t want to dry went into some pies.
Yield was 66 oz. of dried apple slices plus 5 pies. We are eating the dried apples like candy. They are really good. Texture is better than what we have bought commercially. Also tried bananas. Came out well, but I wish we had sliced them a bit thicker, about 3/16″ or so.