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Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express 4-Tray Food Dehydrator
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- 500-watt 4-tray food dehydrator dries in hours instead of days
- Top-mounted fan; adjustable thermostat from 95 to 155 degrees F
- Converga-Flow drying system; flavors don't mix; no need to rotate trays
- Includes fruit roll sheet and 2 original-flavor jerky spice and cure packets
- Measures approximately 13-1/2 by 13-1/2 by 9-4/5 inches
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|Material||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||BPA Free Plastic|
|Item Weight||Information not provided||9 pounds||0.1 pounds||8.76 pounds|
|Warranty Description||1 Year limited warranty||1 Year limited warranty||1 Year limited warranty||1 Year limited warranty|
|Wattage||500 Watts||Information not provided||Information not provided||500 Watts|
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From the Manufacturer
Patented Converga-Flow drying system
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! Our Converge-a-Flow air flow assures even drying from top to bottom, without the tray rotation required by others.
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 Snackmaster Express 4-Tray Food Dehydrator
The Snackmaster Express 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 95-155 Fahrenheit 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.
Top mounted fan and 500-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. 2,100 RPM fan.
Comes with 4 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.
(95 degrees to 160 degrees)
Allows user to dry different foods at their proper temperatures.
PATENTED CONVERGA-FLOW DRYING SYSTEM
Provides even heat distribution, so no need for rotating trays. Flavors won't mix.
OPAQUE VITA-SAVE EXTERIOR
Helps block harmful light and retain vitamins and minerals. 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. Keep records to help you predict drying times for specific foods.
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, which has been dried and rolled into snack sized pieces. Most fruits canned or frozen also 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 fruits or frozen (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.
- 500 watts of drying power with top mounted fan
- Adjustable thermostat
- Dries food in hours, not days
- Precision drying for best quality
- No need for tray rotation
|Double Wall Converga-Flow||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Expandable to Levels/Trays||12||12||8||30||30||20|
|Includes Fruit Roll Up Sheet||1||2||No||1||8||1|
|Matched Accessory Model Numbers||LT-2W, LM-2-6, LSS-2-6||LT-2SG, LM-2-6, LSS-2-6||SQT-2, SLD-2-6, SQM-2-6||TR-2, MS-2-6, SLD-2-6||TR-2, MS-2-6, SLD-2-6, HP-9||TR-2, MS-2-6, SLD-2-6|
Top Customer Reviews
I dry/cook a variety of items in my dehydrator. Granola bars, fruit leather, jerky, dried fruit and veggies. I love that I can adjust the temperature. The fan makes it dry the foods much faster than my old Ronco brand unit.
Jerky takes about 9 hours, apples take about 12, fruit leather (at my house) is never consistent in drying time because I just pour in as much puree as I want without weighing or measuring. This is a way easier method for making fruit leather than using the oven.
I bought 4 extra trays and extra fruit roll inserts. I also have a silicone insert for each of my trays. I have never dried anything directly on the plastic tray so I don't know if the dried fruits/veggies come off easily.
I DO NOT recommend ever dehydrating onions or garlic. They are very cheap to buy already done. The smell is very hard to get out of your house and it seems to stay in the plastic forever.
This little gadget has turned into just about the most important gadget I have in my kitchen. It's practically in-use everyday from May to November, dehydrating everything from my precious herbs, to apples, tomatoes, jerky, and all manner of fruit and flower. This dehydrator has literally saved me hundreds of dollars, not only because I can make my own jerky, fruit roll-ups, and dried fruits for everything from trail mix to healthy snacks, but because vegetables from the garden that were left to rot because we couldn't otherwise keep them (and there wasn't enough to can) are now being saved, and every last one of my herbs, even some which didn't take to being dried the "traditional way," are easily preserved. I can even buy in-season fruits and veggies in bulk and dehydrate them, saving me even more money!
This gadget dries everything very quickly and efficiently, so everything really retains its color. I've found myself drying everything from rose petals to bee balm flowers (and all sorts of other flowers that couldn't previously be dried) for use in sachets, potpourri, and carpet deodorizers. My red and purple rose petals stay red and purple, and my herbs keep their emerald-green color, something I'd never keep with conventional drying. I'm really impressed that a dehydrator that is gentle enough to dry herbs is also rugged enough to make jerky and apple chips.Read more ›
First, the reasons I took off a star:
A) 1/2 for not having an on/off switch. As you might expect, items placed closer to the top part, which contains the heating element and the fan, dry faster than items placed at the bottom. You have to remove the top part to switch the trays around, and you have to just directly unplug the dehydrator from the wall during the tray rotation process because there's no off switch.
B) 1/2 for being difficult to clean. The trays are just big enough that they don't fit flat in my kitchen sink. One of the things I dry frequently is kale (more on that later) and the trays really need a good scrubbing and/or soaking after that. It's a bit difficult to do that when I can't lay them in the sink. (I am pretty sure my sink is a standard size.)
I didn't take off any stars for this next thing, but be forewarned that if you live in a small space, the smell of what you are dehydrating will permeate the space. This is not usually a problem for fruit, but some vegetables can stink. (I tried to dry onions once...) Also, for what it's worth, this dehydrator takes up a big chunk of counter space while in use. It also tends to warm up the kitchen a little (which can be nice on a winter day).Read more ›
However I recommend buying from Walmart. Their price is about $45. Also, I wouldn't recommend buying expansion trays because 4 trays cost about $30 but a new dehydrator for $45 includes 4 trays and a fruit roll sheet (>$4 value)plus the usefullness of a backup or second dehydtation unit.
That aside, beef jerky, dried fruits and homemade fruit rolls are wonderful and easy with this unit. Much better IMHO than using the oven (safer, faster, more cost effiecient).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This product works, but sometimes it takes a long time to dry herbs like basil and parsley. It's also fairly noisy. If you dry a lot of stuff, the noise could get annoying.Published 7 days ago by Kathy Simmons
I've been using this product for about a decade with no issues. The plastic trays are a pain to clean. It is well-worth buying the silicone tray liners. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's okay - but impractical for a one-person home with little counter space. It seemed to work fine, if slowly, but I ended up returning it because it was just too big and took... Read morePublished 20 days ago by R. Coughlin
Husband seems to really like his new toy. We have dried fruit, made jerkie and even chipotle peppers.Published 25 days ago by Anne M. Anthony
Loving this so far and have only begun to use it! I got the six tray pack and I think I will have to upgrade to the full twelve it can handle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Lee
This dehydrator worked at wonderful. Amazing how long the motor last. Unbelievable value!!!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer