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Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator
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- Four-tray system for dehydrating foods at a fraction of the cost of commercially dehydrated foods with no additives or preservatives
- See-through cover to monitor drying progress on top tray; Bottom-mounted fan and heating element provide consistent air flow for optimum drying
- Drying trays and cover are fully immiscible and dishwasher safe; Fruit roll sheets, nonstick mesh screens, jerky gun and jerky spice kits available
- Easy to store; Drying trays nest for compact storage; Cord stores in base
- Four drying trays included; Expands up to eight trays for added capacity
- This dehydrator operates at a preset temperature of approximately 165°.
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 14.5 x 6.25 in||5.86 x 11.25 x 12.75 in||15 x 14.5 x 7.25 in||22.13 x 13.75 x 13.87 in||13 x 11 x 13 in||10.2 x 11 x 11 in|
|Item Weight||7.5 lbs||8 lbs||8.5 lbs||9 lbs||5.3 lbs||3.1 lbs|
|Material Type||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||Not Applicable|
|Wattage||600 watts||500||750 watts||—||125 watts||—|
Dehydrates fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Makes fruit rolls and jerky too Four-tray system for dehydrating foods at a fraction of the cost of commercially dehydrated foods with no additives or preservatives. Can stack up to 8 trays. Additional trays sold separately. See-through cover lets you monitor drying process. Easy to clean. Drying trays and cover are fully immersible and dishwasher safe. Bottom-mounted fan and heating element provide consistent airflow for optimum drying. No tray rotation needed. Easy to store Drying trays nest for compact storage. 600-Watt 120 volts, 60 Hz only
Top Customer Reviews
I returned the one I purchased to Amazon after discovering this flaw and am upgrading to Presto model 06301... it has both a timer and a thermostat ranging from 90F to 160F. The cost of 06301 is $23.00 more but well worth the extra dollars spent.
If money is a factor, your personal time (to monitor the dehydrator) does not matter, and making jerky is your only interest, then this might work for you. However, if you want to dry beer hops cones and other herbs as I do, you need something with a temperature setting around 95F.
This little machine makes *amazing* dried fruits and vegetables. I ordered the slick sheets and extra trays.
The noise is not an issue...it's not hair dryer loud, but it's not ceiling fan quiet. It takes far less time to dry things than the manual shows.
-Banana chips - about 4 hours.
-Tomatoes - about 3 hours.
-Pears/Apples - about 1 hour.
We've used canned apricots, cherries and even pineapple. Everything came out great. We've used applesauce and canned fruits to make puree for roll-ups. We've used it to dry vegetables for easy instant soup stock.
This product exceeded my expectations, and with all the accessories we purchased, was less expensive than some of the fancier dehydrators.
Base unit is easily cleaned, trays stack nested and clear sturdy lid fits on top.
The trays are top rack safe and can be used immediately without to much cleaning for the same food.
The cord stores in the unit.
The noise is tolerable...place it away from your traffic area, we mostly run it at night, which is more than enough time to dehydrate anything.
Some options I picked up:
Roll Up Makers:National Presto Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator Fruit Roll Sheets
Extra Trays: Presto 06306 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator Dehydrating Trays
Also a great jerky gun and sausage grinder:
Jerky Cannon/Sausage Stuffer: LEM Products Jerky Cannon
Meat Grinder: Norpro Meat Grinder, Mincer, and Pasta Maker
The unit came with a base (pretty light) and four trays and a lid. For a single person who just cooks and makes stuff for myself, 4 trays is plenty. If you're making stuff for 2 or more people, getting the additional trays might be a good idea. the base is easy to wipe clean and the trays themselves are solid but relatively light weight plastic, which made them easy to wash (especially since they're kinda large for most sinks). I have made kale chips, banana chips (which was a failure so far but I will try again!), spinach chips (only because i had left over spinach that's about to go bad lol), apple chips (FREAKIN AMAZING! For those who owns a Cuisine Art food processor any food processor that has the 4mm slicing disc, it is perfect! you don't need the 2mm disc at all!!!), and also used it to dry almond meal and various herbs. since i didn't buy the fruit roll trays, i ended up roughly cutting out the shape of the trays with parchment paper and that worked fine as well (but way more work). If you do plan on doing a lot of drying of tiny things, get the fruit roll trays.
for the $35 ish that paid, it already more than paid back in convenience!!! Love this thing!!!
I just received my dehydrator this week, and have already dehydrated apples (Granny Smith are the best for this), pineapples (you can fit two whole ones in this machine, including the core, which I cut in strips and give to my dog, because it's nice and chewy), mangos, sweet potatos and bananas.
The bananas look a bit sad, but are deliciously sweet and aromatic, and the pineapple is to die for. Don't repeat my mistake and use the smaller, sour yellow mangos with this: regular mangos probably taste much better dried.
Humans and my dog enjoy all the fruits and veggies I have tried so far. I have not yet tried meat, but at $1.50 per pineapple on sale this week, and two pineapples per load, I feel that I will definitely get my money's worth. I'll just use whatever fruit is on sale and make large batches.