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Nesco FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun
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- Dehydrator and jerky maker with 4 13-1/2-inch-wide drying trays
- 350-watt element; fixed-temperature, top-down, fan-driven power head
- Dries food quickly and evenly--in hours instead of days with no tray rotation necessary
- Includes jerky gun with 3 attachments and spice/cure packets for up to 4 pounds of ground meat
- Measures 14 by 14 by 9 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Includes everything needed to make delicious homemade jerky
The Best Food Dehydrators in the World.
NESCO/American Harvest has been the leader in food dehydrators for over 30 years! These units feature patented technologies that dry your food faster and more evenly than any of the competing models available, we know, because we've tried them all!
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced 'pro', making beef jerky, drying fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers, NESCO/American Harvest offers the best units available.
Nesco Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun
Faster, more even drying without rotating trays
Nesco's innovative Top Mounted Power head that dries food quickly and evenly with superior results.
Fan-Flow Technology means faster, more even drying with no tray rotation necessary. Perfect for the beginner, with one touch operation. Simply flip the switch and the temperature is set automatically to ensure precise results.
With 7 trays you get over 7 square feet of drying space. Makes up to 7 lbs. of jerky in one batch! An economical choice, you can make homemade jerky for about a third of the cost of store-bought.
Top detaches making the base and drying trays easy to clean and top-rack dishwasher safe.
The Jerky Xpress includes a power head, 4 trays, jerky gun with 3 tip attachments and spice and cure packs.
Tips on making jerky
Your meat should be as lean as possible. Using lean meat will help the meat dry faster and aid in cleanup by decreasing fat drippings. Ground beef should be 80% to 90% lean. Ground turkey, venison, buffalo and elk are other excellent choices for jerky.
Your jerky gun has NESCO/American Harvest seasonings included and are available commercially for all tastes. Whenever you make jerky, be sure to use the cure (sodium nitrite). The cure is used to help prevent botulism during drying at low temperatures.
Keep meat and poultry refrigerated at 40°F (5°C) or slightly below; use or freeze ground beef and poultry within 2 days; whole red meats, within 3 to 5 days. Defrost frozen meat in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.
Special considerations must be made when using venison or other wild game, since it can become heavily contaminated during field dressing. Venison is often held at temperatures that could potentially allow bacteria to grow, such as when it is being transported. Refer to the USDA Meat and Poultry Department for further questions or information on meat and food safety.
Dry meat at 160°F (71C) until desired doneness. Drying times may vary based on many circumstances including but not limited to: the relative humidity of the room, the temperature of the meat at beginning of drying process, the amount of meat in the dehydrator, leanness of meat, etc. Always allow jerky to cool before taste testing.
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Nesco American Harvest Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun includes everything needed to make delicious home made jerky. Just add ground meat. Features a 350 Watt, fixed temperature, and top down power head is perfect for the beginner or an experienced jerky maker. Jerky Gun comes with 3 tip attachments. Makes great tasting beef jerky or venison jerky! There are four different flavors of jerky spices included with this unit, Hot and Spicy, Teriyaki, Original, and Pepperoni.
Top customer reviews
Seasoning packets came with this dehydrator and we used them. Although I can't really eat spicy food anymore I do like to take a taste of it. Normally when I see something that says spicy I think to myself yea right but the spicy seasoning packet was really spicy.
The pepperoni seasoning packet was a favorite in my household.
He has made at least 10 pounds of beef jerky using this dehydrator. The process is long but the result is great.
He said the directions were easy to follow and do.
Overall, this was a good machine and a good buy.
I am giving it 5 stars as it does what it is supposed to do. The only downside is that the trays don't fit in my dishwasher unless I take the top rack out, but that's on me as I have a small dishwasher and I don't mind washing the trays by hand. They clean easily and using it is simple! The recipe book it comes with is not at all what I expected, only I think two recipes, but since I am using this for dog treats I don't need them anyway. You can find a variety of recipes for dehydrated foods on pintrest which is where I find most of my dog treat recipes.
The family was jealous, so I've since started making jerky and dried fruit for them too. I highly recommend Granny Smith apples and strawberries! ( I have one of those old fashion counter top thing that cores,peels and spiral cuts apples -available on Amazon very reasonably - which makes it supper easy)
Easy to clean and operate. I rotated the trays throughout the drying process to evenly distribution heat and air. Only downside is no temp controls.
I used a meat thermometer and found the bottom rack gets up to 145'F with a batch cooking.
The "jerky gun" is brilliant and I love how easy it is to make jerky from ground beef. I bought two additional trays and am pleased with the results considering how cheap this was. Not as fancy or costly as a dehydrator where you can control the temperature, but this works. I have found that five hours for ground beef jerky is perfect.