We have been dehydrating foods for over 20 years, mostly jerky, pea's and butterbeans from the garden, apples, pears, blueberries, and strawberries when in season, etc. etc. We bought our newly married daughter a dehydrator for Christmas....we have started something! All the folks at the hospital where she works has started calling her "Martha", as in Stewart, as they get to sample the goods. She has been concocting all sorts of fruit leathers(roll-ups). Buying herbs on sale and drying them. Making her own peanut butter. Drying leftover meats....but she has yet to make jerky, which usually she and the husband clean me out of when they come home! Well, mrs.jawja has gotten all the reports of her endeavors and is now making some killer fruit leather from chunky applesauce, pineapple, blueberries and a good dose of honey. This is her first go at it, and it has my seal of approval! With the daughter being a nurse, the son-in-law in medical school, and both of them very "healthy food" conscious, I don't think we could have given them a better Christmas gift for what little it cost. I guess what I'm trying to say here is...for the $40 cost of the machine, one could have some fun, experiment, concoct, and eat a whole lot healthier.