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Nesco FD-80A Square-Shaped Dehydrator
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- Air-circulation system ensures fast, even drying; no need to rotate trays
- Top-mounted fan
- Adjustable thermostat
- Bale handle dishwasher safe parts instruction manual
- Measures 14-1/2 by 14-1/2 by 9-5/8 inches
- Easy-to-use dehydrator for drying fruit, vegetables, herbs, and jerky
- Air-circulation system ensures fast, even drying; no need to rotate trays
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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 Square-Shaped Dehydrator
Dry slices of fruit and vegetables, herbs and flowers, granola, or strips of jerky using this easy-to-operate dehydrator. With its square shape, the countertop appliance provides 41-percent more room for drying compared to round dehydrators.
It also features a unique air-circulation system with a top-mounted fan and patented Converga-Flow Action, which pressurizes heated air downward through the outer ring and horizontally across each tray, converging at the center. This delivers not only speedy results but uniformity, so foods dry evenly--no need to rotate the trays around during operation. Its 700-watt motor also helps ensure fast drying times for results in hours versus days.
A simple control knob adjusts the heat from 95 degrees to 155 degrees to accommodate appropriate drying temperatures, and printed guidelines on the motor housing help determine the correct thermostat setting. Other highlights include a bale handle for removing the power head, dishwasher-safe parts, and an instruction manual for getting started. The dehydrator measures 14-1/2 by 14-1/2 by 9-5/8 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.
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 and the model of NESCO /American Harvest dehydrator you are using. Drying times may also vary greatly from one area to another and from day to day, depending on the climatic conditions. 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 fillets of fish and the breast of chicken. You can make delicious jerky from ground meat, using the NESCO/American Harvest Jerky Works kit. It's best to use ground round or lean (or extra lean) meat. Season with NESCO/Harvest Jerky seasoning mixes.
|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|
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Dry fruit and vegetables, herbs and flowers, granola or strips of jerky in hours instead of days with this 700-watt food dehydrator. The unit's patented Converga-Flow drying system forces air down the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray, converging in the center, for fast, even, and nutritious drying. Flavors don't mix, and there's no need to rotate the trays. It's top-mounted fan eliminates the worry of liquids dripping into the heater chamber. The unit's adjustable thermostat ranged from 95 degrees to 155 degrees F, providing the flexibility needed to ensure excellent results. A simple control knob adjusts the heat and printed guidelines on the motor housing help determine the correct thermostat setting. Other highlights include: a bale handle for removing the power head, dishwasher-safe parts, and an instruction manual for getting started. The dehydrator measures 14-1/2-inch by 14-1/2-inch by 9-5/8-inch.
Top Customer Reviews
I would highly rec you find a company that cares enough about their customers to create a product that works or will stand behind the product that is due to be a broken dust collector within a year.
2 Failures in less than 1 year is too many.
I do not recommend this item.
Update to this review Mar 27 2015.
The last power head that this company sent to me failed in the middle of making a batch of jerky, of course it is now out of warranty, not that I would invest time and money to send it in for repair, again. this is 3 failures in 13 months.
Frankly, if this is an indication of the quality of their products, I cannot understand why they sell so many.
I switched to Excalibur, more money, but so far I feel that it is a superior product. and it came with a 10 year warranty..
1/24/17 Update: Nesco Customer Service indicated this product could be returned to then for repair under warranty however I would have to pay shipping costs (around $33 via UPS) to factory. Customer service was pleasant enough but with shipping costs being half the purchase price and no way of knowing how long the repair or replacement will last this doesn't seem like a good bet. I'm changing review to one star for poor support and will look for a non-Nesco replacement. Wouldn't recommend.
If you're a newbie like me, it might help you to know what to expect since I had no idea what this would be like before it arrived. It basically has four light plastic trays that stack onto the base unit. The top unit is the part that has the handle and contains the fan/motor. I think that I had thought that the trays slid into a base and were more like drawers, but they are basically stackable units. It can be a bit wobbly if the trays aren't exactly stacked up and there are only small nobs as guides to get them into place.
It's a pretty big unit when it's put together, and I had to clear out some space under my counters to store it. It measures 14 1/2 by 14 1/2 by 9 5/8 inches. If you add in more trays, it will obviously make it taller. It also has an open circle running through the center, so you can't spread things out totally rectangular; there is a hole that you have to work around.
Because the trays are so large, I have a hard time washing it in my standard-sized sink without it being a bit of a pain. My first attempt at making fruit roll-ups also left me with a thick, gooey mess on my hands, and it was a pain to scrub the trays out. This thing is definitely NOT non-stick!
It also comes with one non-stick screen, so I ordered two more sets of the screens Nesco SQM-2-6 Clean-a-Screen for FD-80 and FD-80A Series Square Dehydrators, which left me with one too many.
If you want to make fruit roll-ups, you have to purchase the screens for the roll-ups separately. Even though the screens (Nesco SLD-2-6 Fruit Roll-Up Sheet for FD-80/FD-80A/FD-1010/FD-10108P/FD-1020, Set of 2) are round, they fit perfectly inside this dehydrator around the round hole that runs up the center.
The temperature setting on this is great, as it allows you some adjustability with what you're making.
As for the noise level, it's fairly quiet and I would say that it's a bit louder than our usual oven. Our family room butts up against our kitchen, but we can't hear it when the TV is on. It has a nice white noise quality to it.
The manual that it comes with is pretty good as far as giving average cooking times for various kinds of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and jerkys. However, I wish it gave some more basic tips. For instance, since this is my first dehydrator, I don't know some basic things, like: Can you open the lid while your food is cooking? Will it alter the taste if you cook savory and sweet items at the same time (on different trays)? If you have two items that require different cooking times, can/should you cook them together, and, if so, at what temperature?
I won't be using this for making jerky since I'm a vegetarian, and if you're interested in some healthy snacks and treats, I'd recommend the following: Practically Raw Desserts: Flexible Recipes for All-Natural Sweets and Treats,Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make, and Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body. All three of them have nice recipes for things like flavored kale chips, breads, and brittles.
I'll update my review as I use this more, but for now I really like it!