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The Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC is especially conceived to help you benefit from the various benefits of food drying without having to spend a fortune. One of the most affordable machines on the market, this dehydrator is a mid-range apparatus that aims to provide rapid- and more importantly- highly delicious food in no time. Unlike other models, this machine is fully equipped with a wide range of features that will undoubtedly assist you in the drying process. Under $100, the Nesco Snackmaster is extremely easy to use and will perfectly suit any new user who’s on a limited budget.
Thanks to its versatile drying features, this dehydrator can be used to dry just about anything from fruits and vegetables to potpourri. In fact, this is one of the rare appliances that can safely be used to make fast and healthy dried meat and jerkies. If you’re on a diet, this product will certainly assist you on your weight-loss journey. In fact, according to experts, you can very easily replace your regular chocolate, candy and other fattening snacks with filling pieces of homemade dried fruits and vegetables. More importantly, this machine will help you easily avoid the harmful toxins and chemicals that are present in store-bought fruit rolls and jerky.
In spite of its numerous features, a few customers did report a couple of downsides with this appliance. One particular user had a few issues as he tried to dry banana slices and reported that it took more than 8 hours for them to turn into chips. This, however, was an isolated case. Another user also deplored the lack of a jerky cup. Some people also found it hard to clean the trays, particularly after they’ve used them to dry meat. One last downside that customers reported with the machine was the lack of an off/on switch. Still, with its exceptionally affordable price, the appliance certainly provides a great value for money. The Nesco Snackmaster is protected by a limited manufacturer’s warranty of 1 year.
Heat Distribution: 5/5
The Snackmaster Express is equipped with a patented fan that delivers equal heat distribution across every single tray. Best of all, the fan is designed to provide horizontal air flow which is known for providing rapid and even dehydration. This system of heat distribution is also enhanced by a radical air action that forces hot air down to the very center of the appliance, which means that your produce will only require a few hours to dry. Because of the patented fan, users won’t even have to rotate the trays.
The dehydrator is fully expandable: comes with 5 trays but can be expanded to 12 trays, which is same than the Presto 06301, and more than the- similarly priced- Quick Dry by Good Cooking. Thanks to its expandable feature, you will be able to save up on counter space. Additionally, users that want to use the appliance to raise dough or dry bulkier items like meat can remove a couple of the upper trays to create enough space. Thanks to the 12-tray capacity, you can also use the dehydrator to cater to parties or other such large gatherings. In fact, since 5 trays can easily accommodate up to 20 apricots, you’ll be able to dry 100 apricots per batch.
Other Features: 4/5
This dehydrator is entirely dishwasher safe, which certainly facilitates cleanup, and is certainly a step-up from the cheaper model FD-60. Additionally, its Opaque Vita-Save cover keeps the interior completely dark, hence allowing your food to preserve most- if not all- of its nutritional content. Since your produce is protected from any harmful light, you can easily use the appliance to get your five portions of fruits and vegetables per day.
Users will also receive various other items needed to enhance the dehydration process. For example, the boxed packaging includes a jerky gun, 3 tips, 5 packets of seasoning and 5 cures. You will also be able to benefit from the included recipe book, as well as fruit roll sheet and a clean-a-screen to dry sticky or semi-liquid produce such as fruit purees, soup or pasta.
You will be glad to learn that the Snackmaster Express is nearly completely quiet. In fact, some customers have compared the appliance’s low hum to a rather silent AC unit. Therefore, you can very easily turn the machine on before you go to bed and allow it to run at night. This will certainly ensure that you wake up to a healthy breakfast every morning.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
All in all, the Nesco FD-61WHC is guaranteed to exceed your expectations. Exceptionally affordable, reliable and easy to operate, this is the perfect dehydrator for anyone who’s never used such as appliance before. This particular machine is available in gray and is made from BPA Free Plastic. Weighting only 8.76 pounds, it is compact enough to fit on your kitchen counter, no matter how small it is.
- Dehydrator Type: Stackable
- Air Flow: Horizontal (top-mounted fan)
- Temperature Range: 95°F to 160°F
- Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 13”
- Expandable: Yes
- Included Trays: 5
- Maximum Trays: 12
- Timer: No
- Thermostat: Yes
- Wattage: 500 watts
- Warranty: 1-year Limited