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- 1000-watts of drying power
- Expandable to 30 trays
- Adjustable Thermostat
- Includes 8 each Trays, Fruit Roll Sheets, Clean a Screens
- Includes How to Dry Foods Book
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|Item Dimensions||17.25 x 17.5 x 16 in||15.5 x 17 x 14 in||22.13 x 13.75 x 13.87 in||15 x 15.5 x 2.78 in||15.5 x 15.5 x 9.5 in||13.5 x 14 x 8 in|
|Item Weight||—||—||9 lbs||2 lbs||8.95 lbs||7 lbs|
|Wattage||1,000 watts||1,000||—||—||1,000 watts||500 watts|
Nesco/American Harvest - "The Best Food Dehydrators in the World"
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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I love the screens so much better than when I bought my first one. They are strong and do not bend along with being easy to wash. I use them with every tray no matter what I dehydrator it makes clean up much easier and is easier on the trays. I love the idea of using the fruit roll tray under all the trays to keep it cleaner the area around the motor clean that was a wonderful tip and works great. I love the bigger trays and how the screens fit and work with the trays. I love the on and off switch which my last one did not have. I was really surprised to find enough screens and roll trays for each tray BIG PLUS.
When I first cut the machine on it had a funny noise like the fan was catching and I thought this can't be good. I used it over night and the next day the noise when starting up or shutting down stopped and it is much quieter than when I first started it.What ever the problem was worked its self out. It is a little louder than my last one but all in all I am thrilled with this product since the loud noise with the fan stopped.
I give both this one and my old machine a big high 5 and am totally thrilled. I have been drying every day since it reach my home with no problems at all.
This vs. the Excalibur. I like the Excalibur. Given the $35 difference in price, now (9 tray Excalibur).... spend the money on the Excalibur. It doesn't matter if it's the heavy duty one (10 year warranty), the one with a timer or not. I own 1 of each (9 trays each). I love all 3. I prefer the ones without the timer because I want it to run and run (just me).
The hole in the middle of the Nesco plastics made it a bit difficult to pour things directly into a jar or bag for storage.
The Nesco worked fine while it lasted, but I hated the hole in the middle. Plus, you cannot put a lot in it, like you can with the Excalibur. If you add a lot to the tray in the Excalibur, then you can just give it 2 spaces, instead of 1 and it will work fine. I found that I needed at least, 2 dehydrators because I was making my own raisins and those grapes take FOREVER to dry.
Buy this at your own risk of it dying in less than a year. I don't think it's worth it. My Excaliburs, purchased shortly after this purchase, are still going strong and I use them almost, daily. I typically, have at least 1 running constantly.
It dries items very quickly and doesn't require much shuffling of trays. Most everything dried in 6-12 hours. The wet fruit rollup took at least 24-hours when I dried 4-trays. The extra liners and the spill-proof design made it easy to prepare a tray, easy to peel off the fruit and easy to clean when it was all done.
The temperature control is helpful. While it doesn't have a timer, that isn't a problem.
This is a good quality sturdy piece of equipment. I like it and highly recommend it.
I have run about 60 pounds of peaches and 20 pounds of pears through this since receiving it about a month ago. I also discovered that watermelon tastes great dried. And after soaking/sprouting some nuts I set the dehydrator to its lowest heat setting and poured the nuts onto the mesh screens that came with the unit to dry them - much better than trying to oven dry them. It only took about 6 hours, where before my oven method took a few days. I wish I'd bought this sooner.
I felt I had to be very descriptive about even the flaws so nesco can do better assembly quality control because besides that this unit is worth every dollar spent and will save a lot of money to those wishing to get the most from their fruits and veggies harvest..you just cannot beat this deal..I plan on giving this unit as gifts and taking it to the farmers markets to help others get the most from their health investments. Buy this with confidence knowing you made the right choice with Nesco Dehydrator.