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Nesco American Harvest FD-61 Snackmaster Encore Dehydrator and Jerky Maker
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- 500 wats to dry faster
- Adjustable Thermostat
- Patented Converga-Flow action for fast drying
- No need to rotate trays
- Expandable to 12 trays
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|Item Dimensions||13.6 x 13.7 x 9.8 in||22.13 x 13.75 x 13.87 in||11 x 13 x 13 in||3 x 13 x 13 in||13 x 13 x 0.13 in||9.75 x 13.62 x 13.5 in|
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|Enclosure Material||Plastic||Plastic||BPA Free Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic|
|Wattage||500 watts||—||500 watts||—||500||500 watts|
Nesco/American Harvest - "The Best Food Dehydrators in the World"
The Snackmaster Encore features 500 watts of drying power that generates maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, beef jerky, and venison jerky. Helps dry food in hours, not days like ordinary food dehydrators. The adjustable thermostat allows you to dry different foods at proper temperature 95-160 degrees, providing the flexibility to produce the best drying results. The top-mounted fan prevents liquids from dripping into the heating chamber. Patented Converga-Flow drying system forces air down 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.
- 500 watts of drying power with top mounted fan
- Adjustable thermostat
- Dries food in hours, not days
- Precision drying for best quality
Top-Mounted, 500 Watt:
Dries faster with more power getting great results in hours, not days. 2,100 RPM fan.
Comes with four trays; can operate with up to 12 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.
Adjustable Thermostat (95 degrees to 160 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 degrees F to 140 degrees F (55 degrees C to 60 degrees 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 degrees F (60 degrees C) during the first couple of hours of drying. The actual temperature of the food will remain 15 degrees F to 20 degrees F (6o to 8o degrees 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 degrees F to 100 degrees F (30 degrees C to 40 degrees 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 degrees F to 100 degrees F (30 degrees C to 40 degrees 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 degrees F to 100 degrees F (30 degrees C to 40 degrees 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 pur degrees ed 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 Works TM 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.
Top customer reviews
I ordered this upgraded unit because the trays in the picture looked like the trays my husband bought at Walmart (similar to the Nesco TR-2 trays) to increase the number of trays I could use. What I got was a gray version of what I had with my old dehydrator. The ones in the picture and also in the manual that accompanied this new Nesco dehydrator show a tray with a reinforced center so I assumed it would be the better trays - they aren't! I haven't used the dehydrator yet, but I wanted others to know that the trays pictured are not what you get with this unit.
I've also dehydrated mushrooms and a bell pepper that needing using up, both turned out wonderfully, also a coconut which we just ate the dehydrated pieces as snacks. I purchased the dehydrator to cut down the waste of fresh foods in the house and it has certainly more than paid itself off already!
I was concerned about the plastic used in the dehydrator because there is no advertisement saying it is BPA free, I called the customer service number on my pamphlet and immediately was talking to a friendly customer service representative who knew what she was talking about & the plastic is BPA free, if anyone else is curious!
Great machine, I would recommend it to anyone who is just starting out dehydrating, or someone who has been doing it for years and just looking for a new dehydrator!
I have only used it for sweet potatoes, yams, and bananas so far, but it has really worked out great. In fact it is so efficient that I have cut the published recipe cooking times in half. My husband plans on using it to make london broil jerky so I will update my review later.
Some people complain about the sound, but this one is in my kitchen and I don't really notice anything offensive or annoying. Maybe its a white noise kind of thing. Clean-up is easy - just clean the trays with a sponge and let them air dry for a few minutes before stacking them away.
I think that this will be a terrific appliance as time goes on and I experiment some more. An excellent purchase.
Update: It does what it's supposed to do! I small-diced about 9 peeled apples, and ended up with a couple quart ziplocs worth of dried apples. It seems to work best if you give it a few hours, then stir each tray and wait a few more hours, then repeat until the item is dried. The cookbook says that the items dry in an amazingly-short period of time, which I don't find to be true. I have checked my clocks, and they seem to run at the normal speed, and according to my friends I am located outside of any sort of time warp, but my items still tend to dry at about 1.5 times the estimations in the book. Please take that into consideration.
I also bought a few extra solid trays,and mesh trays, which I think are essential. With the mesh trays, you can lift the tray out, and easily clean or remove without making a huge mess. When using the solid trays, I find that rubbing a paper towel dotted with some oil aids in removal of things like fruit leather. Where the oil is rubbed, the fruit leather pulls away from the edge as it dries, and dries more evenly. Where there is no oil, the fruit leather will start to pull apart, leaving little fruitless rifts in your future treats. Also, if you add a little oil, they tend to store a little better, as the oil keeps them from sticking together as much as oil-less leathers do.
Some people have had an issue with fumes from the hot peppers (habaneros and red carribeans, in our case) -- I had no problem at all with irritation. To be sure, they will create a smell -- I kind of liked it -- but no burning fumes.
Can't say much about durability since we only bought it this year, but so far so good. Used it maybe 6 times. Would buy again.