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Nesco American Harvest FD-1040 Gardenmaster 1000-Watt Digital Food Dehydrator
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- 1000-watt 4-tray digital food dehydrator dries in hours instead of days
- Flavors don't mix; no need to rotate trays; opaque exterior blocks harmful lights
- Adjustable thermostat; 48-hour digital timer; dishwasher-safe parts
- Includes recipe book, solid sheet, mesh sheet, and jerky spice packet
- Measures approximately 15 by 15 by 9 inches
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|Item Weight||10.7 pounds||8.95 pounds||1.4 pounds||17 pounds|
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|Wattage||1000 Watts||1000 Watts||Information not provided||1000|
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Top Customer Reviews
The capacity is huge with the add on trays offered and the powerful fan dries the bottom tray equally as fast as the top. The top mounted motor keeps drips from causing a clean-up nightmare and the quality of food is excellent. I've dried fruits, vegetables, made pounds and pounds of jerkey and have experimented with some raw food "baking" which all turned out perfect.
I love the Nesco Gardenmaster and suggest you seriously consider it whether a novice or pro. If you are considering an Excalibur, I highly recommend the Nesco as I found it performed substantially better than the Ex,has design features to make your drying easy and fun, and costs about $50.00 less.
The only complaints I have seen on this dryer have related to concerns regarding "recipies" not listing exact drying times. As an experienced food dryer, I can tell you this is the same no matter which dryer you use. I would be concerned about any dehydrator that stated otherwise - drying time depends on the moisture in the item your drying, humidity in the room where you have your dryer, and the amount of food placed on trays to dry. The apples I'm drying right now are VERY juicy so it is taking about 18 hours to dry 10 trays of them to perfection. After you have dried food for a while, you will be able to guess about how long it will take to dry a pariculy batch of food.
I have had my Nesco American Harvest FD-1020 for a year and have used it so far only to make ground beef jerky, but I've given it extensive use for that. I cook the meat at the 160* setting for approximately 6 1/2 hours, but the amount of time varies by the ambient humidity. I set it outdoors to use and when in southern Arizona, if the meat slices are thin, 6 hours was sufficient. In Texas, I have needed to leave the meat cooking for 7 hours. I don't care for the smell of the cooking meat, necessitating the outdoor use.
For ease of cleaning, I recommend purchasing the clean-a-screen mesh sheets for each tray, Nesco American Harvest MS-2-6 Clean-A-Screen Plastic-Mesh Dehydrator Screens, Set of 2. Also, buy at least one additional set of trays, Nesco American Harvest Add-A-Tray for FD-1000, Set of 2. Buy a set of the mesh screens for each set of trays. Only a single mesh screen comes with the dehydrator. Do be careful to order the correct trays and screens for the specific model of Nesco deyhdrator.
I'm the type who wants detailed instructions, and the included instructions are poor. I finally had to dive in and give it a try when I didn't know exactly what to do. After experimentation, for the ground beef jerky, I use one packet of the Nesco Jerky Spice Works, hot and spicy flavor, plus a teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper to 1 1/2 pounds of 96% lean ground beef. It is easy to make the jerky strips using the Nesco BJX-5 American Harvest Jumbo Jerky Works Kit.Read more ›
With the threat of an overabundance of fruit and veggies looming, I hurriedly began researching methods of preserving the extras for winter. Canning struck me as intriguing, if a bit risky for a newbie like myself. Freezing, while quick and easy, brings with it the obvious space and energy limitations. Eventually, I decided that dehydrating the excess food was my best option: safe, uncomplicated and requiring the minimal upfront investment.
Enter: the Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster FD-1020 Digital Pro Food Dehydrator. After quite a bit of online window-shopping, I finally opted for this make and model. A mid-range dehydrator, the Gardenmaster FD-1020 is one of the pricier models offered by Nesco, and yet it's still less expensive than those made by Excalibur (which, if the Amazon listings are any indication, is the Lexus of food dehydrators). All things considered - e.g., price, customer reviews, expandability, accessories - the Gardenmaster FD-1020 struck me as the wisest choice: suitable for my needs, without going over the top.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works better than we expected. If your looking for a dehydrater than this is the one.Published 1 month ago by Jerry Neuman
Great. Replaced my previous garden master which was 13 years old and used 4 times a week usually running for 24 hours each use.Published 4 months ago by Deborah Russell
This is a great dehydrator. works great. Additional trays are an arm and a leg considering they are just wheels of plastic. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TheTrueBoss
Love the timer and the temperature settings. Very good. I love my dehydrator.Published 12 months ago by perla
I've bought two NESCO food dryers both stopped working after the 2nd season.
Both stopped working presumably due to a blown fuse. Simple problem, Right? Not so. Read more
I have already dried fruit, jerky, fruit leather, and spices. This thing is awesome! Dries the food out quickly and efficently. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Clyde