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Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express 4-Tray Food Dehydrator

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  • 500-watt 4-tray food dehydrator dries in hours instead of days
  • Top-mounted fan; adjustable thermostat from 95 to 155 degrees F
  • Converga-Flow drying system; flavors don't mix; no need to rotate trays
  • Includes fruit roll sheet and 2 original-flavor jerky spice and cure packets
  • Measures approximately 13-1/2 by 13-1/2 by 9-4/5 inches
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Nesco/American Harvest - "The Best Food Dehydrators in the World"

Snackmaster Express Dehydrator
FD-60 Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator

The Snackmaster Express features 500 watts of drying power that generates maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, beef jerky, and venison jerky. Helps dry food in hours, not days like ordinary food dehydrators. The adjustable thermostat allows you to dry different foods at proper temperature 95-155 degrees, providing the flexibility to produce the best drying results. The top-mounted fan prevents liquids from dripping into the heating chamber. Patented Converga-Flow drying system forces air down the exterior pressurized chamber, not through the trays, then air is forced horizontally across each individual tray, converging on the core for fast, even and nutritious drying. There is no flavor mixing and no need to rotate trays.


  • 500 watts of drying power with top mounted fan
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Dries food in hours, not days
  • Precision drying for best quality
  • No need for tray rotation
FD-60 Expandable
Expandable Up To 12 Trays
Top-Mounted Fan:

Top mounted fan and 500-watts of drying power generate maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, and jerky. Helps dry food in hours, not days like other food dehydrators. 2,100 RPM fan.


Comes with 4 trays; can operate with up to 12 trays. Drying pressure automatically adjusts to the number of trays in use.

Fastest and Most Evening Drying Dehydrator:

Easy and economical way to make delicious fruit snacks, vegetables, herbs and beef jerky at home.

Adjustable Thermostat (95 degrees to 160 degrees):

Allows user to dry different foods at their proper temperatures.

Patented Converga-Flow Drying System:

Provides even heat distribution, so no need for rotating trays. Flavors won't mix.

Fast, Even, Nutritious Drying
Opaque Vita-Save Exterior:

Helps block harmful light and retain vitamins and minerals.

13-1/2 inch Diameter Add-A-Trays

Because of the unique design of the patented Converga-Flow system of your NESCO/American Harvest dehydrator, you'll be surprised at how quickly most foods dry. Drying times may vary, depending on the type and amount of food, thickness and evenness of the slices, percentage of water in the food, humidity, temperature of air, altitude Keep records to help you predict drying times for specific foods.

Drying Temperature

Fruits, fruit rolls and vegetables should be dried at 130 degree F to 140 degree F (55 degree C to 60 degree C). By drying foods in this temperature range you will minimize the loss of heat-sensitive vitamins A and C. All foods sweat when they begin to dry, the temperature may be set higher than 140 degree F (60 degree C) during the first couple of hours of drying. The actual temperature of the food will remain 15 degree F to 20 degree F (6o to 8o degree C) lower than the air temperature for the first couple of hours. Meats and fish should be dried on the highest temperature setting of your dehydrator. These temperatures also keep bacteria and other spoilage micro-organisms, common to meat and fish, to a minimum during the first stages of drying. Nuts and seeds are high in oil, and if higher temperatures are used, they will tend to become rancid, developing off flavors. The best temperature is from 90 degree F to 100 degree F (30 degree C to 40 degree C). Herbs and spices are most flavorful when they first open and should be harvested while very fresh, before they begin to blossom. Because the aromatic oils are very sensitive, temperatures should be 90 degree F to 100 degree F (30 degree C to 40 degree C) for drying. Take care not to load trays too heavily as this will prolong the drying time. Dried flowers, herbs and spices used for potpourri should be dried at temperatures ranging from 90 degree F to 100 degree F (30 degree C to 40 degree C) to maintain aroma and color.

Fruit Roll Sheet
Holds Up To 3 Cups of Liquid or Puree
Drying Fruit Rolls

Fruit rolls are a favorite snack for young and old alike. It is a chewy fruit product made from pur�ed fresh fruit, which has been dried and rolled into snack sized pieces. Most fruits canned or frozen also combined with others. Some fruits, such as apples, are high in pectin and fiber, and have an excellent texture when dried. Use fresh fruit in season. You can also use slightly overripe fruits, irregularly shaped fruits, or slightly bruised fruits that would be unsuitable for canning or drying. Some fruits, such as citrus, should be used in combination with other fruits because they have so much liquid and very little pulp. If you find that a fruit is too runny, combine it with apple, applesauce or a similar fruit that will give it more substance. When fresh fruits are not available, canned fruits or frozen (either sweetened or un-sweetened) can be used. Simply drain the liquid, and pour the fruit into the blender. Applesauce can be taken directly from the container for wonderful fruit rolls.

Fruit Roll Sheets
"No Spill" Lip For Liquids or Semi Liquids
Drying Jerky

Jerky is a favorite snack for school, lunch, on the trail or just about anywhere. It is made by seasoning lean, raw meat in a salt mixture, then drying it without cooking. The finished product is a protein-rich exercise in chewing and ever so delicious. Jerky also makes a savory broth base for soups and stews.

Drying Meat

Jerky may be made from a variety of wild game meats, fish and poultry. Use filets of fish and the breast of chicken. You can make delicious jerky from ground meat, using the NESCO/American Harvest Jerky Works TM kit. It's best to use ground round or lean (or extra lean) meat. Season with NESCO/ Harvest Jerky seasoning mixes.

1. Q: How Dehydration Works

A: The process is very simple. Increasing the temperature of food makes its moisture evaporate. Air moving over the food carries the moisture away. Controlling the temperature and air circulation prevents food from spoiling while it is drying. If sufficient water is removed from the food, micro-organisms and enzymes that would make the food spoil are disrupted.

2. Q: How do you know when foods are dry?

A: Always let foods cool for a few minutes. Check to see if the food is still moist or sticky. If it is leathery and pliable, it is usually done. However, foods that are over dried may become brittle and turn brown.

3. Q: If I powdered my dried vegetables, what could I use them for?

A: Powdered onion and garlic, of course, are great seasonings for meats and sauces. Powdered tomatoes can be reconstituted into tomato sauce, paste, catsup, juice or soup. A blender or food processor will give you the finest texture. Store in air-tight container. Try making our own lemon zest, pepper flakes or corn meal.

Clean-A-Screen for Drying Sticky Foods and Herbs
4. Q: Will flavors mix if I dry different foods together in the same dehydrator?

A: If you dry foods in the same category, such as fruits with other fruits and vegetables with other vegetables, the flavors should not mix. However, we do not recommend drying onions with any other foods.

5. Q: What are the benefits of food drying?

A: There are many benefits of drying food. Here are some:

  • You are in control of the quality of food you eat.
  • You can take advantage of your own garden by drying your fruits and vegetables to be used year round.
  • Cheapest way to preserve foods � costs half as much as canning and seven times cheaper than freezing.
  • Storing dried foods requires 1/10 of the space of canned foods

Product Details

Color: White
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 9.8 x 13.5 inches ; 8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Item model number: FD-60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (518 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,792 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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194 of 199 people found the following review helpful By Jerusha VINE VOICE on August 8, 2006
Color: White
I grow, literally, 50 or so different varieties of herbs of all sorts, from the common place to the exotic. Drying them was always a process, and I always seemed to lose them to mold, mildew, or those that I kept were brown and unattractive looking. Then, as a gift, my husband bought me this dehydrator because he was told it'd dry herbs.

This little gadget has turned into just about the most important gadget I have in my kitchen. It's practically in-use everyday from May to November, dehydrating everything from my precious herbs, to apples, tomatoes, jerky, and all manner of fruit and flower. This dehydrator has literally saved me hundreds of dollars, not only because I can make my own jerky, fruit roll-ups, and dried fruits for everything from trail mix to healthy snacks, but because vegetables from the garden that were left to rot because we couldn't otherwise keep them (and there wasn't enough to can) are now being saved, and every last one of my herbs, even some which didn't take to being dried the "traditional way," are easily preserved. I can even buy in-season fruits and veggies in bulk and dehydrate them, saving me even more money!

This gadget dries everything very quickly and efficiently, so everything really retains its color. I've found myself drying everything from rose petals to bee balm flowers (and all sorts of other flowers that couldn't previously be dried) for use in sachets, potpourri, and carpet deodorizers. My red and purple rose petals stay red and purple, and my herbs keep their emerald-green color, something I'd never keep with conventional drying. I'm really impressed that a dehydrator that is gentle enough to dry herbs is also rugged enough to make jerky and apple chips.
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176 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Chandi on April 16, 2013
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I have had my dehydrator for almost two years. I use it heavily (3-4 times a week) during harvest season and about once a month during the rest of the year.

I dry/cook a variety of items in my dehydrator. Granola bars, fruit leather, jerky, dried fruit and veggies. I love that I can adjust the temperature. The fan makes it dry the foods much faster than my old Ronco brand unit.

Jerky takes about 9 hours, apples take about 12, fruit leather (at my house) is never consistent in drying time because I just pour in as much puree as I want without weighing or measuring. This is a way easier method for making fruit leather than using the oven.

I bought 4 extra trays and extra fruit roll inserts. I also have a silicone insert for each of my trays. I have never dried anything directly on the plastic tray so I don't know if the dried fruits/veggies come off easily.

I DO NOT recommend ever dehydrating onions or garlic. They are very cheap to buy already done. The smell is very hard to get out of your house and it seems to stay in the plastic forever.
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134 of 144 people found the following review helpful By smartguywithabeard on February 2, 2006
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I love my new Nesco FD-60 dehydrator. My first month I probably spent $300 in fruit and meat trying all sorts of recipes and fruit-roll mixture.
However I recommend buying from Walmart. Their price is about $45. Also, I wouldn't recommend buying expansion trays because 4 trays cost about $30 but a new dehydrator for $45 includes 4 trays and a fruit roll sheet (>$4 value)plus the usefullness of a backup or second dehydtation unit.
That aside, beef jerky, dried fruits and homemade fruit rolls are wonderful and easy with this unit. Much better IMHO than using the oven (safer, faster, more cost effiecient).
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140 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Sneaky Burrito TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 19, 2012
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I read an article with food dehydrator recipes in Vegetarian Times magazine and got the impulse to buy a food dehydrator. Without doing a lot of research, I settled on this model. I have not owned a food dehydrator before, so I can't compare it to other models. I am generally quite happy with it, though, and able to tell you what works and what doesn't (for me).

First, the reasons I took off a star:

A) 1/2 for not having an on/off switch. As you might expect, items placed closer to the top part, which contains the heating element and the fan, dry faster than items placed at the bottom. You have to remove the top part to switch the trays around, and you have to just directly unplug the dehydrator from the wall during the tray rotation process because there's no off switch.

B) 1/2 for being difficult to clean. The trays are just big enough that they don't fit flat in my kitchen sink. One of the things I dry frequently is kale (more on that later) and the trays really need a good scrubbing and/or soaking after that. It's a bit difficult to do that when I can't lay them in the sink. (I am pretty sure my sink is a standard size.)

I didn't take off any stars for this next thing, but be forewarned that if you live in a small space, the smell of what you are dehydrating will permeate the space. This is not usually a problem for fruit, but some vegetables can stink. (I tried to dry onions once...) Also, for what it's worth, this dehydrator takes up a big chunk of counter space while in use. It also tends to warm up the kitchen a little (which can be nice on a winter day).
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