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Nesco American Harvest FD-1010 Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator

by Nesco
82 customer reviews

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  • 1000 watts of power dries foods, flowers in hours, not days
  • Use for fruits, vegetables, herbs, jerky, granola--for camping, hiking
  • Four trays included; expandable to 30 trays; 64-page recipe book included
  • Patented system pressurizes heated air up through and across each tray
  • Thermostat adjusts from 95 degrees up to 155 degrees
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Sleek and quiet design features a 2400-RPM motor and top-mounted 4 1/4" fanHigh-power dries fruits vegetables or jerky in hours fruit rolls 3-6 hours beef jerky 4 hours apples/pineapples 4-6 hours bananas 5-8 hoursAdjustable thermostat that allows user to dry different foods at the proper temperatureOpaque Vita-Save exterior helps block harmful light which destroys nutritional content of food being dehydratedClean-A-Screen flexible screen protects tray from sticky fruit and herbsConverga-Flow drying system forces air down the exterior pressurized chamber and across the trays for fast even dryingNo flavor mixing and no need to rotate trays Expandable up to 30 Add-A-Tray s (additional TR-2 trays sold separately)17" W x 17" H x 11 1/2" D weighs 13.9 lbs.Includes 4 trays Clean-A-Screens fruit roll and jerky spice/cure packet and 52-page recipe/instruction book

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Drying apple slices in just three hours and beef jerky in four, this 1000-watt dehydrator is exceptionally fast, using a big, 4-1/2-inch fan to force air up through the drying trays' outer rings and across each tray. A thermostat adjusts from 95 degrees to 155 degrees for drying different items. Each of the four plastic trays is 13-3/4 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch deep—that's four square feet for drying fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers at one time. Additional trays can be ordered separately, and up to 30 trays can be stacked on this unit's metal base at once. A fruit-roll sheet inserts into a tray so that applesauce or other fruit sauces can be dried into healthful snacks, and soups and sauces can be dehydrated for camping trips. Beef-jerky spices and a detailed 64-page recipe and instruction booklet are included. The dehydrator measures 15-1/2 inches in diameter and 10 inches high, cleans easily, and carries a one-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack

Product Details

Product Manual [769kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 17.3 x 11.5 inches ; 13.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00005OA2T
  • Item model number: FD-1010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,311 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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179 of 180 people found the following review helpful By KAREN K. VINE VOICE on December 15, 2004
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The children and I purchased this item for Dad for Christmas. One thing we did not plan for was Dad being home when the UPS truck arrived. Since it was delivered in its original box (and we knew this could happen) he of course could not wait until Christmas. Since I have not read the manual or used the unit, I can only tell you of my observances and the enjoyable outcome.
They (my husband and son) are using this daily. They have made dried apples, pears, pineapple, peaches, and fruit roll. They all were great! My son had to put a note on the unit so we would stop "stealing before completion". My husband bought a roast, sliced it thin, and marinated it in teriaki overnight. The beef jerky was the best. I am not a beef eater ~ but I had to taste it. My son even tried canned fruit. Please note: If you do this, expect the fruit to be teeny tiny and a bit sweet. My husband orders homemade smoked bratwurst, which is supposed to hang dry for two to three weeks. He placed it in the dehydrator and it was ready to eat in 3 hours.

It takes some adjustment hearing the fan. This is not really a problem as you can relocate it to a basement or laundry room as we do. I am the only person this sometimes annoys, as I am not one for extra noise in the evening. Cleaning is also very quick and easy.

Before I bought this make and model ~ I researched websites, catalogs, asked coworkers and relatives that have the much cheaper brands from discount stores. I decided to spend the extra dollars for a system that can be added to at anytime, has a fan for better drying, and has easy cleanup. This was a wonderful Christmas gift. I highly recommend it.

It is now March 24, 2009; The guys still use and love this unit. I, on the other hand, get to wash it when they are finished. This was a great gift ~ keeps giving!
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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Jenna on May 17, 2004
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I make beef jerky in LARGE quanities -- I run 12 trays on this machine to do 15# of beef at once, usually two batches a weekend, many times a year. The air circulation of the American Harvest line is invaluable -- I could not do without it for the speed and quality it produces. The tempature range is wider than my smaller 'Snackmaster' model, and the metal-shell base unit is better made. The indents in the base for handholds are invaluable when I have to move the unit. To clean the trays all I do is remove the top drawer in the dishwasher and pop them in.
Thanks to the superior quality control of this model, I have been able to send jerky to just about every weather and camping condition known, from the desert in winter to humid rainy warm places, and to military friends far and wide. I have been able to safely and tastily dry both thick and thin meats. I have reccomended this brand to so many people in the international history group that I work with, for so many years, that the joke is Nesco should be my sponsor!
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Linda Fox on August 14, 2002
This is by far the best food dehydrator I have ever used. It dries in half the time of other models -- and expands if needed to fit all my needs. From fruits and vegetables to jerky -- it works great!!! Amazon.com had the best price of anyone on the internet or in the stores -- and the service I received was exceptional. Thanks everyone -- for combining great service with a great product at a great price!!!
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By S. Reed on November 4, 2004
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This is a fine dehyrator. It's quick and powerful. The description says the trays are 13.5 inches but that text was lifted from the description for the FD-50/60. This model (FD-1010) has 15.25 inch trays which adds almost one square foot to the area of the 13.5 inch tray. Multiply those larger trays by 30 (the maximum capacity) and you got a huge amount of drying surface.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By K. Hunt on March 1, 2007
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Unlike many of the other reviewers, I am using the Nesco FD-1010 dehydrator not as much for jerky, fruit and other solid items, but for "one-pot meals" that my husband and I will take on a four-month backpacking trek. I have found dehydrating these liquids and semi-solids to be a little trickier than the other things I like to dry, such as apples and bananas. But this dehydrator does a really nice job on this thicker stuff. Drying times take about twice as long as for fruits and jerkies, but you save a bundle over the freeze-dried stuff from the camping stores. All of the books I have purchased for backpacking recipes recommend the Nesco/American Harvest brand for its solid reputation and durability. I can't speak to the durability as I'm pretty new at this, but I am very pleased with the results -- powerful fan, even distribution of airflow, and it's actually not as loud as I thought it would be. One thing that I have noticed is that these soups and stews dry faster using parchment paper on top of the screen, rather than the fruit roll sheet. It's a bit of a pain, though, as I have to cut the paper to the size of the screen. We run it in a corner of the kitchen, and with the radio on, I don't even notice the noise. I am so glad that I purchased this. It has really changed the quality of our food on backpacking trips.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By B. Saxey on November 28, 2003
I have owned this dehydrator for about 15 years now without a single problem - and I use mine a lot! I make camping food, jerky, fruit leather, raisins (out of grapes), dried bananas, dried herbs and spices, and many other treats. Buy whatever is on sale at the time and dry it for storage. My kids like the dried bananas and fruit leather more than candy. I have used other dehydrators that only have the heating element (not the heating element AND fan like the FD-1010) and have never been even close to satisfied compared to the 1010 because drying time is so much longer on units without a fan. My brother has a unit without a fan and it is so much time and work to dry food that he decided to just not use it after a couple times. (He borrows mine now to make his jerky.) Also, with other units that don't have the design of the FD-1010 one tray of fruit leather blocks hot air from reaching all the other trays (because the trays must be lined to keep the puree from flowing through). With this unit I have done as many as 18 trays of leather and had no problems. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes to make homemade treats of any kind!
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