So far, I've only used it to make fruit leather. It took longer than the book said it should, but I was operating it with only 1 tray. Later I read in the instruction booklet that you're suppose to use at least 4 trays. So that was my fault. I live that this model is 1000 watts and had the digital display for temp. Control and timer. I also like that you can purchase more trays and stack up to 20 trays.
I like that the blower and heater are built into the top of the dehydrator instead of the bottom like my old one. This means that if you put anything wet on the trays or when bits fall off they fall into a base that is total washable. The top that you can’t immerse in water should stay clean.
The effective drying area on the trays for this dehydrator is 355 mm diameter compared to my old one which was 323 mm, so even though this one only comes with 4 trays and I bought 2 extra ones for my old tray the drying area is probably about the same.
I would like to get some extra fruit roll sheets so I have one for each tray but that is a problem. It comes with 4 trays and 1 fruit roll sheet, so I need 3 more. Unfortunately they come in packs of 2. I don’t really want an extra one. I don’t know who at the company did the math on this. I called NESCO customer service but their answer was to just buy 4. I’m sure that works well for the company but not for me. I was told it is only $5 for shipping which isn’t bad but I’ll have to compare with Amazon.
They have a recipe book that comes with the dehydrator that looks good but I haven’t done any of them yet.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Good Use of Space, Large Capacity, Looks Great, Nice Design
I would recommed this Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator. Quality built product, easy to use and very functional. It comes all assembled and ready to use, with a quick rinse of some of the parts. I started with drying cherries that I had just picked. I found the instructions easy to follow and very helpful. I just cut my cherries and placed them in the drying trays, they take longer about 16 hours but well worth it. They taste great and now I can store them to take hiking and camping. I am now going to try making my own jerky which I am very excited about. You can add trays to this and go up to 20 cooking sections. 1000 watts of drying power is more then enough. Adjustable thermostat from 95 - 155 degrees. I will be able to pick more fruit, dry and keep for longer periods of time. I am very happy with this product and the amount of uses for this Dehydrator are to many to mention here.
Pros: Convenient, Digital, Durable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Good Use of Space, Great Value, High Quality, Large Capacity, Looks Great, Lots of Features, Modern, Nice Design, Performs Well, Reliable, Stylish
Growing up my dad and I used to dehydrate everything, we made lots of our own fresh herbs and home-made fruit roll ups. I gave this unit a try and love it! It comes with four trays, a roll-up sheet and a sheet for making dried spices (or flowers if you are into that). You can add up to 16 more trays, but I'm assuming the dry time would significantly increase. Love that the trays and bottom are completely submersible for easier cleaning (although cleaning cinnamon sugar off each tray will never be super easy). The unit looks sharp, the settings are very easy to use and read to see how much longer you have to go. It comes with a great booklet with basic drying instructions and how to achieve the best results with veggies, fruit n flowers, and herbs. I'm planning on making fresh fruit roll ups for my 20 month old this weekend. The unit is a little loud if you plan on leaving it out in your kitchen at night and have a small house like I do. But it's not an annoying sound, just a low pitch whirring from the fan.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Good Size & Weight, Good Use of Space
Thought this would be a good addition to my kids diet as they do need to eat healthier. No assembly required, so out of the box and a way we go. Sliced apples, strawberries and bananas. It is somewhat loud, like a fan, but a constant "white noise" level, so I didn't mind it. Thankfully my kids and I liked the taste (though the sliced bananas came out looking brown/blackish) We opened the top and checked the fruit every hour or so, it's not hot like an oven as I expected, so it's safe to touch the fruit. However, it took TIME to cook: at 4 hours the apples and berries were dry but a little chewy, the bananas were too soft still and probably needed another hour.