Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's Nesco Time!

I haven't had a dehydrator for a long time, and since I am trying to become more sustainable, I searched the internet high and low for the perfect dehydrator for our home.  I read reviews, visited manufacture web-sites and even asked Bill's opinion, just to be nice that is, and I finally decided to by the Nesco FD-1020 Gardenmaster. 

Dehydrators are not cheap and I wanted to make sure I bought a quality product.  I have already made a fruit roll sheet batch.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great neither.  It was my first attempt, so I wasn't too upset.  We love fruit, so I plan on drying some fruit, making some beef jerky and dehydrating some onions.

Some details that I like about this machine over the others is:
  • that some parts are dish-washer safe
  • it has an adjustable thermostat
  • there is no need to rotate trays (so they say, I haven't found that out for sure yet)
  • the fan is on top of the unit forcing the air down
The negative is that it is loud.  I will take loud however, if it means a good product in the end.  I was able to purchase some vidalia onions at the grocery store on sale this week, so I am going to try and dehydrate them (in my garage of course) this weekend.

I'll be blogging more about recipes and ideas on how to use your dehydrator this summer.

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