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Nesco American Harvest FD-1018P 1000 Watt Food Dehydrator Kit

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Nesco/American Harvest - "The Best Food Dehydrators in the World"

FD-1018P Gardenmaster
FD-1018P Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator

The Gardenmaster Dehydrator and Jerky Maker features 1,000- watts of drying power that generates maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits and vegetables, herbs and flowers, and strips of 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 Patented Converga-Flow drying system forces air up 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.


  • 1,000-watts of drying power
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Dries food in hours, not days
  • Precision drying for best quality
  • Expands to 30 trays

Detailed Highlights:


Fan forced air and 1,000-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. 2,400 RPM fan.


Comes with eight trays; can operate with up to 30 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.

FD-1018P Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator
Fast, Even, Nutritious Drying
Patented Converga-Flow Drying System:

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

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.

Adjustable Thermostat (95 degrees to 155 degrees):

Allows user to dry different foods at their proper temperatures.

Opaque Vita-Save Exterior:

Helps block harmful light and retain vitamins and minerals.

Dry fruits, vegetables, and much more
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.

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 pureed fresh fruit canned or frozen, which has been dried and rolled into snack sized pieces. Most fruits can also be 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 or frozen fruits (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.

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.

Dried Jerky
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 WorksTM 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 will save money.
  • You can take advantage of supermarket specials.
  • You can create a tasty snack that is good for you.
  • 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 Information

Package Quantity:1  |  Size:DESIGN 1
Product Dimensions 17.5 x 17.2 x 16 inches
Item Weight 19.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 19.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Small Appliances
Manufacturer Nesco American Harvest
ASIN B001795P4O
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number FD-1018P
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 334 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #32,144 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#55 in Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Specialty Appliances > Food Dehydrators
#205 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Fishing > Accessories > Food Processing
Date first available at Amazon.com March 28, 2005

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By John H. Henderson VINE VOICE on August 3, 2004
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Somewhere in my life - I think in Boy Scouts - I developed a taste for beef jerky. Years later, in grad school, I realized I could make it at home, as well as dry fruits and vegetables for snacks, with a magical machine called a dehydrator. At the time I picked up a cheap machine - $24, I think - from Wal-Mart. I was able to make some ground beef jerky, dry some fruits and make my own ground red pepper from peppers I grew in pots in the porch. Soon, the dehydrator lid was cracked, the trays warped, other things got my attention, and forming jerky strips from ground beef was tedious without a jerky gun, so the machine got put up for a number of years.

Six or seven years later, I'm in my career and new house. The interest in making jerky and drying foods is renewed, bolstered by an interest in drying foods for camping. I tried to use the old machine. It's only temperature control was a variable vent on the lid - but you still didn't know what temperature you were drying at. (which can be the difference between safe jerky, and jerky that will make you quite sick) I'm probably lucky I never got sick. The airflow was also quite inconsistent. One end of an item would be overdried, while the other end wasn't dried at all. These things would just ruin entire batches of food. Additionally, there were no drying sheets available for it to make leathers ("fruit roll-ups," but you can also dry things like spaghetti sauce.) I decided to get a better dehydrator.

I researched dehydrators, and found several books and online reviews pointing to the American Harvest (NESCO) Gardenmaster.
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I already own the FD-50 (the smaller version). I found myself wanting more capacity. I did a lot of research but had been so happy with the smaller Nesco I just decided to get its big brother with all the accessories (screens, trays)

I wasn't disappointed.

Preformance - Same as the smaller version, Jerky in 4 hours, apple chips in 6. Higher capacity for sure but not night and day difference from the smaller one. This ones strenght comes in that you can stack a whole lot of trays.

Features - A dehydrator with an off switch. What a concept. Put a timer on it and maybe you'll be in the 20th century! Why they can't put these things on is beyond me. I still use a light timer but at least now I don't have to unplug it.

Build - One another area of improvement over it smaller brother. Seems to be built a lot better. Has more weight to it and just seems like a higher quality item.

If you want a deydrator to handle volume don't hesitate to get this one. Its got plenty of features, power and capacity.
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If you are tired of paying too much for dried fruit at the store I strongly recommend a dehydrator. I chose this one based on the good reivews and I haven't been disappointed. Special Note: the more trays the better! To limit drying time I slice fruit very thin so that takes up more trys. Also, there is work involved in the prep and clean up so why not get most fruit out of a single drying session? This is not a quiet item so plan on using it in a different room.

Pros: Great product, easy to use, easy to clean

Cons: Noisy, Out of date booklet.

Special Note: Dried honeydew mellon is wonderful!
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The important aspects to look for when looking for a good dehydrator are accurate temperature control, good air flow, and adequate space for the amount of food that you want to dehydrate. I strongly feel that this machine does a superb job fulfilling each of those criteria.

I've had this dehydrator for awhile now, and have pretty much put everything I have in my kitchen into it. I've made tons of beef, elk, and deer jerky with great results. I've dried carrots, peas, corn, tomatoes, garlic, onions, star fruit, pears, strawberries, grapes (into raisins), bell peppers, jalepenos, and various garden herbs. I've even made my own chicken base with this thing. It's great.

In a home kitchen, some may complain about it being a little loud. That should be expected seeing as it is nothing more than a fan and a heating coil with a bunch of plastic trays stacked on top. I think it takes up too much space to keep in the kitchen or living room anyway, so I store mine in the basement where it can make all the noise in the world without bothering anyone. I have used this at work in the professional kitchen, and with the humming and whirling of the vents and ovens and other noise makers throughout the kitchen, it seems virtually noise free.

I've had it running non-stop for as long as a six weeks straight while drying out my garden in preparation for the winter, and have not noticed any problems with over heating or wear. As simple of a design as it is, it seems to be built fairly solid. I'm definitely happy with my investment.
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A couple years ago I bought the Ronco and reviewed it (the review is way back there now). I took my own advice and bought this Nesco and oh man am I happy!

I can do three times the amount Jerky in half the time as with the Ronco and don't have to worry about the trays cracking while washing. If you are considering paying the extra $$$ for the Nesco over the Ronco, don't. It's a no-brainer. The Nesco does more Jerky faster, eliminates the need to turn the racks, and you don't have to use kid gloves to handle the trays.

Highly, highly recommended.
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