I bought a whole bunch of fruits, sauces and other condiments last week to last me for a few days. And it was all great stuff too! Apples, Pears, Cantaloupes in fruits, and pasta sauce when I want to bake a homemade pizza, various meats including my favourite- ham, and basically, the works! Anyway that was a Sunday, and as Monday rolled in, so did work, traffic and every other commitment tied to a weekday! The days rolled by and come Saturday, I check in to see how my delicious supplies are doing. Turns out the pasta sauce has turned bad since it had to be used very soon, half the fruits have turned rotten, or too ripe to eat and don’t even get me started on the ham!
There had to be a better way to make these foods last! Two hours of online research later I found the answer- Food Dehydrators, built, for exactly this kind of thing. Apparently you can turn fruits into fruit rolls or strips and ground meat into jerky (dehydrated meat strip)! Who knew!!
Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75A
After a little more research I found the Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75 review here which seemed like a great product for its price and function. Here’s the lowdown on this wonderful product.
For a Food dehydrator it is priced in the mid-range section while giving performance proportional to its price of $74.95 with or without shipping (if you’re buying it online). There are other products like this you can pick up for much lower say half the price almost, but without the endurance of Nesco or its build quality.
The Build Quality
It seems solid with a simple elegant look with high food grade plastic used to construct it. It has a hardy design with a well-designed handle to carry it and a plastic dial for the thermostat settings. Not bad for the price range, simple, elegant and well built. It is shipped in what is touted as frustration free FD-75A packaging. This is packaging that is designed to be opened with a simple box cutter or knife without any excess packing material such as hard plastic shell cases, wire ties or plastic bindings.
The unit is of 13.8 x 22.1 x 13.9 inches dimension with a weight of 9 pounds. It’s a 600 watts unit. It has a top mounted fan as part of the heater chamber which generates air flow and along with the thermostat is located at the top of the unit; this eliminates the problem of liquids leaking into the heater chamber. This also has a patented “Converga-Flow” drying system which forces air down an exterior pressurized chamber followed by horizontally across individual trays which converges in the centre for rapid drying. This also increases the nutritional value of the food content.
This also has an opaque and proprietary “Vita Save” exterior which prevents harmful light from entering, thus retaining more of the foods nutrients such as Vitamins during the dehydrating process.
The unit’s adjustable thermostat ranges from 95 degrees to 160 degrees F, providing the flexibility needed to ensure excellent results in dehydration. Five trays come included, but the unit can be expanded to 12 trays (additional trays sold separately) for drying larger quantities at one time.
What You Can Do With It
You can dry a wide variety of food stuffs with the accessories that are given to us. Accessories include two fruit roll sheets, perfect for drying semi-liquids like soups, sauces, and fruit rolls; two Clean-A-Screen flexible screens, which allow for easy drying of small items such as herbs, spices and potpourri; and three original jerky spice packets for making jerky.
This product is best suited for and can be used most for making fruit sheets/rolls and sauce (pasta, minestrone soup)sheets which are easy to preserve and reconstitute later. Potpourri is another non edible application that can be frequently used to make your apartment or home smell in accordance with the season!
You can also use ground meat to make different kinds of jerky like chicken, lamb ham and any exotic meat that you can think of. This is also a most used application of this product.
The Final Word
While this product is a great buy for its offered price and functionality, there are also better dehydrators out there with superior features such as automation for the thermostat steel builds, better and faster air flow and drying, but that also comes at a much higher price.
I’d like to come full circle and conclude that at the price that is offered and the functionality, the Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75A is the whole package, it is the answer to all your domestic dehydrating needs without burning a hole in your pocket!
A great buy at the price it which it is offered. Go for it!