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Old 02-16-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Dehydrators

I have thought about purchasing one to make my own jerky ect. I found a Nesco Snackmaster express online used rather cheap. I am just wondering if any one has used this brand.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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Re: Dehydrators

I have an Excalibur that is EFFING FANTASTIC!!! My sweetie gave it to me for Christmas. It dries everything perfectly uniformly and between the temp control, timer, heat delivery, and fan, it really does run itself. The kind that you're looking at is a royal PITA, because you MUST rotate the trays every 30 minutes or so in order for everything to dry uniformly. If you leave it an hour, the bottom trays scorch.

If you're going to buy a dehydrator, just cough up the cash for a good one. The cheaper ones are so much of a pain to use and clean that they aren't worth the savings.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I always like consumer points of view. The description for this model actually indicates that one does not have to rotate. But I agree, you pay for what you get. I am just limited budget wise so I will keep researching.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:42 AM   #4
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Re: Dehydrators

I have an Open Country garden master and love it!
Over the last three months here are some discoveries after making about 10 batches.
Options for meat are endless but I must say I picked up a jerky blaster gun at christmas, which it is basically a huge caulk gun for food.
I throw 2.5 pounds hamburger with marinade in the fridge for 24 hours then in the gun and make strips.
I prefer 96% lean beef as its less greasy, the store ran out of lean and in a pinch had to mix higher fat percentage and it was a greasy mess.

after I am done making it(usually 5-6 hours with the 1000 watt unit)
I let it cool then vacu-seal with nuts and seeds.
works great!

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:44 AM   #5
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Re: Dehydrators

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I have an Excalibur that is EFFING FANTASTIC!!! My sweetie gave it to me for Christmas. It dries everything perfectly uniformly and between the temp control, timer, heat delivery, and fan, it really does run itself. The kind that you're looking at is a royal PITA, because you MUST rotate the trays every 30 minutes or so in order for everything to dry uniformly. If you leave it an hour, the bottom trays scorch.

If you're going to buy a dehydrator, just cough up the cash for a good one. The cheaper ones are so much of a pain to use and clean that they aren't worth the savings.
I think i paid around 140ish for mine and you can set it up and leave it alone.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:10 PM   #6
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I have the Nesco Gardenmaster that I bought from Walmart several years ago and it works great. I have made a ton of jerky with it and have no complaints. I have 4 or 5 trays with mine, but have stacked as many as 8-9 trays with no issues.
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Old 02-18-2010, 03:33 PM   #7
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Great! I am glad to hear the success with multiple varieties. I have been asking friends and family about various models and I appreciate all the input. Aside from jerky, I mostly want to make veggie and sweet potato chips for crunchy snacks.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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Re: Dehydrators

I have found this site to be a good resource for appliance/food questions http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546373 (wfs)
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:42 PM   #9
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I have this model from Nesco: http://www.amazon.com/Nesco-FD-75PR-...6554335&sr=8-1 (WFS). I bought it based on the numerous positive reviews and relatively low cost. I haven't been disappointed.
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:26 AM   #10
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I've been considering this Nesco. (WFS)
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