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One of the least expensive machines on the market, the Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator will undoubtedly exceed your expectations in terms of features and affordability. Indeed, this model includes everything you need to easily and rapidly dry your favorite produce, including fruits and vegetables, meats, milk powder, herbs, soup mixes, dehydrated tubers, potpourri and the likes.
With the Nesco FD-28JX, users will also be able to make the most from the numerous advantages of food drying. For example, you won’t be subjected to the chemicals and toxins that can be found in store-bought dried produce. With this appliance, dieters will be able to easily swap their favorite potato chips for equally crispy dried fruits and vegetables without feeling like they’re giving up their daily treats. Indeed, the machine can easily provide filling snacks that are bound to delight adults and children alike. Also, since it is so readily affordable, you can even invest in this appliance if you’ve never used a dehydrator before and are just looking for something to experiment with before investing in a more expensive model.
While this dehydrator is certainly packed with benefits, customers did complain of just a few drawbacks associated with this appliance. For example, users have deplored the lack of a thermostat that can make it difficult to determine the time necessary to dehydrate different kinds of produce. However, in spite of these few drawbacks, the machine does live up to its price. If you’re looking for a professional-range appliance with other features such as an adjustable thermostat, you might feel more comfortable with a slightly more expensive model like the Excalibur 3526TB. Still, the Nesco FD-28JX dehydrator does its job and will allow you to benefit from fresh, organic and entirely-homemade fruit leather in no time.
Heat Distribution: 4/5
With its top-mounted fan, the Nesco FD-28JX generates a vertical air flow that is potent enough to dehydrate the items on every single tray. Indeed, the fan is ergonomically located to dry all of your food at the same time. While you do have to occasionally rotate the trays for maximum precision, the machine does spreads even gusts of hot air across your food.
Thanks to its entirely expandable feature, this particular model can easily accommodate up to seven drying trays at the same time, which is same than what you will get with the popular Presto Dehydro, and more than what the Ronco Electric dehydrator has to offer for the same price.
Thanks to this model’s expandable capacity, users can whip up several batches to store, instead of turning the machine on a daily basis. This can also drastically enhance the lifespan of your food dehydrator. More importantly, the expandable feature allows you to cater to larger gatherings at a moment’s notice. Additionally, its stackable feature is quite a space-saver for anyone who’s short of counter space since the trays are stacked on top of each other instead of next to each other.
Other Features: 3.5/5
Apart from the dehydrator, the boxed packaging also includes with a jerky gun that boasts of no less than 3 attachments. These accessories can certainly be extremely beneficial to people who’ve never dried meat or used a food dehydrator before. The exclusive Patented Drying Technology is especially conceived to speed up the drying process, even if you’re dealing with more resistant items like bananas or meat. You will also receive four packs of spices and cure to add some extra flavor to your meats and jerky. These flavors include Teriyaki, Hot and Spicy, Pepperoni and Original. In fact, these four packs can easily be used to dry no less than 4 pounds of jerky. While it does not have an adjustable thermostat, the appliance does feature a fixed temperature that’s high enough to dry meats or tougher items like pineapple and potatoes. It is not equipped with a timer which means that you’ll have to keep the occasional eye out on it.
Overall Rating: 4/5
All in all, the Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Xpress is a handy and surprisingly affordable appliance that has been especially conceived for meat dehydration. Still, it also perfectly dries fruits and vegetables or even non-edible items like petals, clay and the likes. Some users even used this appliance as a warm place for their dough to rise.
With a wattage of 350 watts, this food dehydrator is made from excellent-quality plastic. Available in white and weighing no more than 5.5 pounds, this machine is protected by a solid manufacturer’s warranty of one year.
- Dehydrator Type: Stackable
- Air Flow: Vertical (top-mouted fan)
- Temperature Range: 165°F
- Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 14”
- Expandable: Yes
- Included Trays: 4
- Maximum Trays: 7
- Timer: No
- Thermostat: No
- Wattage: 350 watts
- Warranty: 1-year Limited