Making dried food becomes more and more popular nowadays. Since it is possible to purchase a food dehydrator at the affordable price people are more willing to experiment with dehydrating food at home.
If you just start to explore all the benefits of making dried food by yourself Nesco American Harvest FD-80 700 Watt Food Dehydrator will be perfect for you. It has a medium capacity and compact size. So if you don’t expect your food dehydration hobby to evolve into small business anytime soon – go for it!
Things to know about Nesco FD-80
It’s a square food dehydrator of a medium size. Nesco FD-80 has a top-mounted fan and 700 watts of drying power. Originally it is available with 4 trays, each about 1.3 sq. ft. Having only this basic set you will have a total drying area of over 5 sq. ft. But it is possible to expand it to 8 trays and get a drying area of over 10 sq. ft.
The size and shape of this appliance allows you to easily set it on the counter in your kitchen. It is also very convenient for storage. On top of that, square trays are more handy to load and clean. It works especially good with jerky.
Adjustable thermostat located right on the lid of the dehydrator indicates what temperature should be set for each different kind of food. The motor which is mounted on the top doesn’t get dirty as all the food is below. It is quiet and will not disturb you with loud noise as some of its brothers. Drying speed will also be a pleasant surprise as a heater is more powerful and the products will dry faster.
Key features of the Nesco American Harvest
There are plenty of aspects which are worth your attention but let’s discover the most prominent of them:
- Top-Mounted Fan
The main benefit of it is that it helps to dry foods much faster (combined with 700 watts of drying power). Also, it stays clean during all the process of food drying.
- Converga-Flow® airflow system
It is a patented airflow system which pushes air down the exterior pressurized chamber, not making it go through the trays. The food is dried evenly as the air is moving down the walls of the interior, through all the tray and then into the central core. It speeds up the drying process and there is no mix of flavors.
- Temperature control
Adjustable thermostat with a temperature range of 95 to 160 degrees F is on the top of the unit. You can see the recommended temperature for different food which is rather helpful if you only start to discover dehydration possibilities.
- It’s expandable
Basic unit set provides you with 4 trays but you can purchase additional ones and go up to 8. So if you like the process and enjoy making dried food you can expand it according to your needs.
- Bisphenol-A Free Plastic
As dried food is in contact with the plastic for a significant period of time it’s a concern for many people. But you shouldn’t have any fear. All the surfaces which are in contact with food are made of ABS plastic, which is BPA free.
Despite all the advantages, Nesco FD-80 has some weak points which should be mentioned:
- The absence of a timer
You won’t be able to dry some food while you’re gone. You will also need to keep an eye on the unit when it’s working.
- No on/off switch
Not very convenient to plug and unplug the appliance. But it is not a major concern, rather a question of comfort.
As you can see there are only a few drawbacks in contrast to the advantages Nesco American Harvest FD-80 700 Watt offers. It is easy to use and quite handy in maintenance. The trays of the FD-80 are dishwasher safe. All you should pay attention to is to run the dishwasher in “air-dry” mode and remove them from the dishwasher before the drying process begins.
Go ahead and join the fans of food dehydration. The adjustable thermostat of the dehydrator will assist you in the beginning to choose the right temperature for the food you want to dry. The rest is up to you. Fruit, vegetables, meat or a mix – Nesco FD-80 will have the job done.