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Nesco/American Harvest FD-80 Square-Shaped Dehydrator

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  • Easy-to-use dehydrator for drying fruit, vegetables, herbs, and jerky
  • Air-circulation system ensures fast, even drying; no need to rotate trays
  • Adjustable thermostat; printed guidelines on motor housing
  • Bale handle; dishwasher-safe parts; instruction manual
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  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Bale handle dishwasher safe parts instruction manual
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Nesco FD-80A Square-Shaped Dehydrator Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging + Nesco SQT-2 Add-A-Tray for FD-80 and FD-80A Square Dehydrator, Set of 2 + Nesco SQM-2-6 Clean-a-Screen for FD-80 and FD-80A Series Square Dehydrators
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Product Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.2 x 15.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0090WOCM6
  • Item model number: FD-80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (917 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Product Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging

Dry fruit and vegetables, herbs and flowers, granola or strips of jerky in hours instead of days with this 700-watt food dehydrator. The unit's patented Converga-Flow drying system forces air down the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray, converging in the center, for fast, even, and nutritious drying. Flavors don't mix, and there's no need to rotate the trays. It's top-mounted fan eliminates the worry of liquids dripping into the heater chamber. The unit's adjustable thermostat ranged from 95 degrees to 155 degrees F, providing the flexibility needed to ensure excellent results. A simple control knob adjusts the heat 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-inch by 14-1/2-inch by 9-5/8-inch.

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Customer Reviews

Did some pineapple and other fruits.
The meat also drys evenly with no swapping trays and turning beef or chicken.
Maryelen in Vermont
This dehydrator worked faster and is very easy to use and clean.
Lanijerr- P

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,671 of 1,709 people found the following review helpful By rsymington on July 12, 2009
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This dehydrator is great. I've had the unit for almost a month now. So far I've dehydrated 20 pounds of "eye of round" for jerky. The recipe I used is at Recipezaar (can't post URL), recipe number 161262 (modified a bit to suite my taste, like I added about 1 tsp of onion powder and cut the liquid smoke about 25%). In fact I just did 10 of the 20 pounds yesterday. I've also dehydrated cantaloupe, kiwi slices, strawberries, grapes (come out as plump and juicy raisins), limes, oranges (those were more of an experiment), banana slices and watermelon (now that was interesting... sweet as candy), but back to the review.

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.
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669 of 685 people found the following review helpful By 2pedals on August 2, 2009
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Years ago I had one of the round dehydrators with the drying unit on the bottom. This one is great because the drying unit is on the top. No more liquids dripping down onto the operational part of the unit. It has a plastic tray to catch the drips. I also like the square shape. I am able to get more on each tray compared to the round tray design. The plastic screens are round though. I did like the review from someone here suggesting using plastic mesh from the craft store. Wish I had seen that before I ordered my extra ones. I also like that it is quieter than the one I used to have. I have dried tomatoes, carrots and herbs so far. Jerky is next on the list.

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.
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244 of 253 people found the following review helpful By Katalina on January 25, 2009
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I have put this dehydrator 'through the paces', making jerky and drying fruit. It's done a great job with both. I've had the more common round type of dehydrator in the past, so I was interested in this square-shaped one. Much better! Food fits on the square sheets much better. The drying is very uniform, without need for moving the trays during the drying process. Great price too, with several accessories available. Very pleased with this compact, efficient dehydrator--and it's American-made too!
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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By M. Prieto on October 11, 2009
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I originally bought this dehydrator with the idea that I wanted to make dog jerky treats. You have no idea how expensive they are to buy on the open market! We buy these beef jerky treats and they are like $3.00 a pop.

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.
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