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- Air-circulation system ensures fast, even drying; no need to rotate trays
- Top-mounted fan
- Adjustable thermostat
- Bale handle dishwasher safe parts instruction manual
- Measures 14-1/2 by 14-1/2 by 9-5/8 inches
- Easy-to-use dehydrator for drying fruit, vegetables, herbs, and jerky
- Adjustable thermostat; printed guidelines on motor housing
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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.
Nesco Square-Shaped Dehydrator
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I also got two sets of the Add-a-tray (two trays per package). It dries with all 8 trays just fine. I do rotate the trays about half way through, but I'm not sure I would really have to. The instructions say that the trays are top shelf dishwasher safe, but that would limit my dishwasher to only two trays per load, so I take my top rack out of the dishwasher and stand the trays vertically in the lower rack. I can get all eight trays and the base into the dishwasher at once. I figured that my water heater is only set to 125 degrees and I dry jerky at 165, so the trays shouldn't have any problem. Just make sure that you turn off any internal water heating the dishwasher my have and make sure that you turn off heated drying (use air dry). I just wait for the washer to stop, take out the trays and shake them off. Stack them, put on the power head and run it at 125 for 30 minutes. All nice, clean and dry.
Now for the hint that Nesco doesn't want me to share :) for fruit, you really need to use the Clean Screens, but at 8 bucks for a pair, you'll spend $32.00 (plus any shipping) to get enough for all 8 trays.Read more ›
Update: I still use this dehydrator. But I would no longer recommend it if you are going to do alot of dehydrating. I spent the extra money and bought an Excalibur and it is amazing how more efficient it is compared to the Nesco square dehydrator. While I liked having the fan element on the top away from any drips it is not as efficient as the Excalibur's fan that blows the air across the trays instead of vertically through all the trays and the wet food. The Excalibur is noisier than the Nesco.
Bottom line: If noise is a bigger issue than efficiency for you then get the Nesco. If efficiency is more important than noise and you will be dehydrating a lot then splurge for the Excalibur with the horizontal blowing air.
Well, I bought a London Broil on sale for $7.00 at Whole Foods which looked really lean and used my mom's meat slicer to make paper thin cuts. Oh, you have to freeze it for an hour or so, that way the meat cuts easier.
Anyway, I cut it, layered the meat on the trays after adding a tiny bit of salt to the slices to preserve them and plugged in the machine. I started up my dehydrator at 11:30 and kept it going till 4:30 and used the jerky temperature setting. I also made sure during the last two hours to take the hydrator top off and used paper towels to wipe any oils that came out of the meats. Basically, this didn't take too long and I put the lid back on and did this two more times. They recommended that in their recipe book.
The good news! The jerky tasted great and was sorta like a roast beef jerky. My dog wouldn't leave my side and basically woofed at me as I put it all into storage bags for the freezer (with air removal too). Basically, we both enjoyed a few slices of jerky together and were in heaven. I plan on stopping at Whole Foods to buy another to make a Teriyaki version for myself since I was avoiding chemicals for the dog treats. Unfortunately, they taste good enough that I'm tempted to eat them!
I am more than happy with this machine! It's great! My mom had an older model with the fan underneath and this is way easier to clean and did a better job.
The only thing I did do was switch the order of the trays so that the bottom one was up close to the top and so on halfway through the process.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Dehydrator works great it dries the jerky in half the time of other ones I have used.Published 1 day ago by Phil
I've only had the opportunity to use this twice so far, but this is a great dehydrator to get you started. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Julian
This unit works very well , I've made 30 pounds of jerky so far .
Do not load the trays to full , more spacing is better than a full tray . Read more
I have had this machine for about a year. I love that the fan is on the top. easy to clean and works very very well!Published 9 days ago by W. Miller
I love this dehydrator. I am a placenta encapsulator so I use the dehydrator very often and need a temperature control to adjust for different methods. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer