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Patented Converga-Flow drying system
NESCO/American Harvest has been the leader in food dehydrators for over 30 years! These units feature patented technologies that dry your food faster and more evenly than any of the competing models available, we know, because we've tried them all! Our Converge-a-Flow air flow assures even drying from top to bottom, without the tray rotation required by others.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced "pro", making beef jerky, drying fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers, NESCO/American Harvest offers the best units available.
Dry slices of fruit and vegetables, herbs and flowers, granola, or strips of jerky using this easy-to-operate dehydrator. With its square shape, the countertop appliance provides 41-percent more room for drying compared to round dehydrators.
It also features a unique air-circulation system with a top-mounted fan and patented Converga-Flow Action, which pressurizes heated air downward through the outer ring and horizontally across each tray, converging at the center. This delivers not only speedy results but uniformity, so foods dry evenly--no need to rotate the trays around during operation. Its 700-watt motor also helps ensure fast drying times for results in hours versus days.
A simple control knob adjusts the heat from 95 degrees to 155 degrees to accommodate appropriate drying temperatures, and printed guidelines on the motor housing help determine the correct thermostat setting. Other highlights include a bale handle for removing the power head, dishwasher-safe parts, and an instruction manual for getting started. The dehydrator measures 14-1/2 by 14-1/2 by 9-5/8 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.
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 and the model of NESCO /American Harvest dehydrator you are using. Drying times may also vary greatly from one area to another and from day to day, depending on the climatic conditions. Keep records to help you predict drying times for specific foods.
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.
DRYING FRUIT ROLLS
Fruit rolls are a favorite snack for young and old alike. It is a chewy fruit product made from pureed 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.
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.
Jerky may be made from a variety of wild game meats, fish and poultry. Use fillets of fish and the breast of chicken. You can make delicious jerky from ground meat, using the NESCO/American Harvest Jerky Works kit. It's best to use ground round or lean (or extra lean) meat. Season with NESCO/Harvest Jerky seasoning mixes.
|Double Wall Converga-Flow||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Expandable to Levels/Trays||12||12||8||30||30||20|
|Includes Fruit Roll Up Sheet||1||2||No||1||8||1|
|Matched Accessory Model Numbers||LT-2W, LM-2-6, LSS-2-6||LT-2SG, LM-2-6, LSS-2-6||SQT-2, SLD-2-6, SQM-2-6||TR-2, MS-2-6, SLD-2-6||TR-2, MS-2-6, SLD-2-6, HP-9||TR-2, MS-2-6, SLD-2-6|
I love this dehydrator! I've dehydrated all types of fruit. This is perfect.Published 51 minutes ago by DMR
it works great but the time require to dry herbs 3 time longer and at 10 degrees higher but all in all work wellPublished 2 days ago by scott
We love this. Easy to use, makes dehydrating jerky meat, vegetables, and fruits fast and tasty.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
High quality dehydrator. I have used this to dry tomatoes, apples, kiwi, persimmons, citrus, kale. Dries quickly. Haven't tried beef jerky yet.Published 3 days ago by TLP Texas
Awesome product. Works wonders on the many veggis I have tried in it. Still working out the kinks and how to use it properly, but got some great zucchini chips and sweet potato... Read morePublished 3 days ago by SarahJo Griggs
Best dehydrator I have ever used. This product will dehydrate your products evenlyPublished 5 days ago by Karrie K.
Love this unit, motor on top which is great for the drips, some other units have motors on the bottom. I have done onions, tomatoes, kale chips. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bee
Worked for all of 2 minutes out of the box. Changing thermal fuse doesn't help. The thermostat is messed up as confirmed with a thermocouple inside and temp St to 95degF. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer