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Adjustable thermostat allows you to dry different foods at proper temperatures (95º-160º F)Powerful Top Mounted Fan. 600 watts of drying power. 120 VoltComes with 5 trays, but is expandable to 12 trays. (Trays are 13 1/2" in diameter)Opaque Vita-Save exterior helps block harmful light which destroys nutritional content of food being dehydratedPatented Converga-Flow drying system forces air down the exterior pressurized chamber (not through the trays). The hot air is forced horizontally across each individual tray, converging on the core for fast, even and nutritious drying. No flavor mixing and no need to rotate traysMade in the USA of Global and Domestic parts.Only the powerhead of this item is imported from China. The rest of the product is 100% made and assembled in the USA
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58 Reddit comments about NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray:

u/mattburnsey · 17 pointsr/trailmeals

This is the model I have:

Pros are it's cheap to get into, expandable up to 12 trays, and easy to clean.

Cons are the heat comes from one end, so you will have to rotate trays part way through.

An alternative is something like this:

Pros are it heats evenly, so no need to rotate.

Cons are you're stuck at the amount of trays it came with (anywhere from 6-12 usually), and it's a little harder to clean.

Edit - Either way, you'll need to be careful of the smell, it'll get into everything. My dad bought one. I tried to warn him, he didn't believe me (although he did use his balcony). Thought I was exaggerating. Until his neighbor two doors down asked him what he was cooking (jerky). I recommend doing it in a shed or garage.

u/schmuckmulligan · 16 pointsr/Ultralight

If cost is a factor, definitely consider getting a dehydrator. I have this one.

The case:

  1. It's easy. There are recipes all over the Internet, and many are slightly intimidating, but it basically comes down to "Get food without big chunks, spread it out on the tray, and turn the dehydrator on."

  2. It's cheap. Check out the cost on dehydrated bulk items. Compare with the cost of fresh items (a little tricky because of water weight, but compare per calories). Grocery store food is inexpensive and your dinner leftovers are practically free. Dried bulk items cost a fortune.

  3. You can make more calorically dense foods by including fat. Dehydrated meals tend not to have much fat, because it goes rancid over a period of weeks or months rather than the years that people expect backpacking food to last. If you dehydrate your own food, though, you can make your stuff a few days before your trip and have it be fattier and tastier. Yeah, you can also just add oil during rehydration, but that does mean you'll have to carry a dreaded extra container. (And it's not as tasty in many recipes.)

  4. Better food, straight up. Food I've prepared at home and then dehydrated is delicious. It's way better than anything made from pre-dehydrated ingredients. You can get all the spices and sauces perfectly adjusted BEFORE dehydration instead of tossing raw ingredients together and hoping that they come together in beautiful symphonic unity when you rehydrate them. Meat that's been simmered or slowcooked with herbs is waaaay yummier than meat that's been rehydrated with herbs.

  5. There's a lot to be said for dehydrating fruits and vegetables at the absolute peak of their ripeness. I'm currently obsessed with banana jerky (banana slices dried to a leathery texture). When I do our weekly grocery shopping, I buy several bunches for about $2, all in, and watch them patiently. On the day that they're first lightly speckled, I toss them into the dehydrator. I cannot describe accurately how good this shit is. I'm not kidding. It's fucking up my diet.

  6. More options. This is somewhat addressed in point 1, but doing your own dehydrating frees you from the tyranny of foods that rehydrate easily. I can have normal spaghetti if I want it -- I'm not stuck with ramen because it'll rehydrate without simmering.

  7. Healthier food on trail. This is a knock on from everything else, but after getting the dehydrator, I found my food choices drifting away from candy and toward healthy, real food. Well-made mango leather is way tastier than Skittles. I'm sure there's no meaningful health benefit over the course of a short trip, but it just feels pleasant and right to be eating real, natural foods on trail. It's a wrinkle I hadn't expected. I still like Snickers bars here and there, but it's become a treat rather than a staple.

u/Zinxe · 14 pointsr/CampingandHiking

LPT: Buy a dehydrator. They are so worth it. I dehydrate leftovers from dinner and I get stocked with great food that weighs practically nothing. There's nothing like home made chili out in the freezing woods.

I recommend
Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, White

u/dwoidat · 13 pointsr/Ultralight

Is it weird to think my best hiking purchase of the past year was a $50 dehydrator? I understand many hikers take on a "food is fuel" mentality but I also can't state enough how amazing it is to be able to eat my favorite chili recipe from home after a long day of hiking.

u/PhilipLiptonSchrute · 8 pointsr/jerky

I bought the dehydrator linked below for <$60 and bought 5 additional racks for it to increase capacity. Between chicken, turkey, and beef, I've probably made upwards of 200 pounds of jerky on the thing. Two years later, it's still running like a champ.

u/mdracer45 · 7 pointsr/unpopularopinion

I'm not sure how you're making it but I've never had a stinky batch in my life. I use a food dehydrator and let it run for 6-8 hours. Here's a link to one, and pm me if you have more questions.

NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray

u/ReficuL1286 · 6 pointsr/jerky

I use the cheap nesco off of Amazon. It's pretty great, but I dont have a thing to compare it to.

NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray

u/StanleyHammerschmidt · 5 pointsr/backpacking

I got this one on Amazon and can back it up. I use it every single camping trip to dehydrate fruits, veggies, beans, rice, chicken, etc. There are just so many things you can do with one, and they save you so much money on dehydrated/freeze dried food that they pay for themselves in just a few trips.

u/e42343 · 5 pointsr/dehydrating

Personally, I'd skip the very expensive Excalibur units at this time. Stick with a cheaper and more basic ones at first to see if it's something you'll continue to do over time.

I have only had 1 dehydrator; the Nesco FD-75. I bought it about 1.5 years ago and I absolutely love it. It comes with 5 trays but can be expanded to 12 trays. I bought 2 extra trays because I need 7 trays to make a 5lb (beginning weight) jerky batch. I use is probably twice a month for jerky, dried fruits, or to dehydrate meals for backpacking. I think the biggest surprise was a backpacking Ratatouille. I made this for backpacking but I've used it more for pot lucks and dips for guests.

It has a temperature control but not a timer which, for me, isn't an issue. If I need a timer then I use one of these timers because I already have 3 of them for other uses. Clean up is easy since the heating and fan are on top. Everything below can be either hand washed or go through the dishwasher.

The best thing about this unit is the price; less than $70. This made it a reasonable investment at the time so I could see if I would use the dehydrator like I planned. I didn't want to spend a couple of hundred dollars for something and end up not using it. So far I've used this dehydrator for about 20 months and it looks like it's going to last for a while longer. I haven't had the first issue.

u/Efflux · 4 pointsr/jerky

This is the one I have. It works very well. It is honestly quite fool proof.

Do some basic research about the meat you want. Slice it up. Marinate it. Pop it on here until it is done. It works well. I have done several batches for hiking/camping trips and it always receives compliments. If you have questions, let me know.

u/southofi10 · 4 pointsr/dehydrating

Get the $75 Nesco Dehydrator instead of messing around with fans and air filters, and you will never look back.

u/magiclela · 3 pointsr/backpacking

Not at all. Just use the fruit roll sheets instead of the standard tray so there's no drip, or you can use parchment paper on the standard tray. Periodically just break apart the chili and flip it and voila, no mess. This is the dehydrator I use. I think it's a great starter kit for people who want to try dehydrating but don't want to invest in an Excalibur.

u/livingflying · 3 pointsr/keto

Make your own!! Here's a recipe. Just take the honey out of his marinade recipe. I use a marinade of soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, and curing salt, and I also got a dehydrator to make it easier. I only marinated the meat for 2 hours, and it came out great!

u/Vid-Master · 3 pointsr/dehydrating

I just posted this comment elsewhere, I have had a good experience with this one:
It can be used to many so many different cool snacks, and the best part is that YOU made them!
it works very well for making beef jerky. It dries evenly.
If anyone is interested, heres a quick list of useful things:

1.) The beef jerky you make should cost about 35% of store bought beef jerky.

2.) Use large freezer bags to marinade the beef jerky.

3.) Try to time your day out when you make jerky, put the jerky in marinade overnight and then right when you get home put it into the dehydrator, that way you can stay up a little bit late if it takes too long, or take it out when it's ready so it doesn't overdehydrate and get brittle. You don't want to be away from home with it running in the dehydrator, because sometimes it will go quicker and then it may get overdried. It seems like it would take a LOT for that to happen though, a few hours past the correct time.

4.) Make sure to cut the meat across the grain, it will be super tough if you cut it with the grain. My best results are having the meat cut at 1/2 inch thick, across the grain, with "eye round roast" beef.

5.) Make sure to clean the dehydrator well when you are done. Be careful that you don't deform or melt the plastic trays in the dishwasher.

6.) Follow this recipe for jerky, it worked great for me

u/nept_r · 3 pointsr/trailmeals

Just to add, you can get a really good dehydrator for about $65 that will do virtually anything you want. I've done jerky, fruit leathers, veggies, etc but you can also dehydrate cooked meals with great success. It's crazy how easy it is, you literally pat stuff dry, cut it into small/thin pieces, and plug it in. It's really that easy.

u/fartbiscuit · 3 pointsr/nfl

Not to mention higher in fat and carbs than meats.

I bought a food dehydrator and now I make my own jerky. It's delicious, nowhere near as much salt as store-bought, and stupid cheap.

u/PatDar · 3 pointsr/UrbanHomestead

I borrowed a dehydrator from a friend and it had an on/off switch and that was it. I had no idea how warm the thing got or anything. I tried dehydrating a few different things with it but the results always varied and sometimes cooked/burned more than dehydrated. So I would definitely recommend one with adjustable temperatures.

One temp definitely doesn't fit all purposes. I ended up getting a Nesco off Amazon. I got this one. It's a little pricy than a thrifted one but I haven't regretted it and have made perfectly dehydrated mushrooms, fruit leather, and herbs. I still want to try an onion (outdoors!) and jerky.

u/trevout · 2 pointsr/spicy

I got this one: (hopefully that actually brings you to the dehydrator). It was pretty simple to use, although I think I would’ve bought a more powerful one, since I had to run it more than 24 hours straight to dehydrate the peppers. I did some whole and some cut, if I cut them, I did it in half and put the dehydrator in my basement with an oscillating fan blowing on high on it since I didn’t want to pepper spray my entire family. The one I posted you just plug it in and set the temp and let it run, you put the peppers on the trays and stack them all up, the manufacturer recommends using 4-5 trays at all times even if they don’t have anything on them. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll try to help.

u/happybadger · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

Something like that is way overkill for hiking, especially if you're only doing day hikes. My girlfriend and I go up to 20 miles on a regular breakfast and some sort of high protein meal after. You'd be better off getting a dehydrator like this one and just drying a bunch of on-sale fruit/meat/vegetables to use as trail food.

u/LiftinTheVeil · 2 pointsr/shrooms

Never tried that and honestly if you have the money and want something to do the job right the link below is for a dehydrator. It’s 40 dollars.

Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator

This will do the trick. I personally have this one, and I love it. Just take a look through amazon and read some reviews.

Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, White - MADE IN USA

u/HeartKevinRose · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

I mean yes.

But really, something like this is fine. Some things to look for are a temperature control and a timer. They help with getting various foods dehydrated perfectly. Mine has neither, I just keep an eye on my foods a little more. At this point I know how it runs so I know what food I can set and leave for 8 hours and what foods I need to rotate trays every 2 hours.

I will say, I borrowed and Excalibur when I was prepping for a long distance backpacking trip and it was AMAZING. It dehydrates much quicker and much more evenly than my cheapo unit. But I would probably never buy one myself. For that particular trip I was running both machines pretty much around the clock for months making meals. For the occasional use, my cheap machine is fine.

u/daveed2001 · 2 pointsr/jerky

Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

If I've had to estimate I've probably put 200 pounds of meat and 400 pounds of fruit through this thing in the last 10 years.

I want to upgrade to an Excalibur Dehydrator but this thing just won't die.

u/dr_bloodmoney · 2 pointsr/trailmeals
u/moeru_gumi · 2 pointsr/Denver

Lol i know right? Though my newest, best kitchen toy isthis dehydratorand it's brilliant for when your garden gives you 3824720 tomatoes all on the same day and you have no idea wtf to do with all that (or when you find strawberries on sale...)! I've been eating soooo many dried kiwi slices and apple chips :)

u/AngBeer · 2 pointsr/gardening

I have a really old, American Harvest (now Nesco) that looks much like this one: Mine is 550 watts vs the 500 watts in the link. I don't think it's made anymore. For somewhat light use, it's lasted me more years than I care to admit.

I think this might be a similar replacement.

I'm not sure how quality has changed over the years. I have a really old Kitchenaid mixer too and wouldn't buy a new one of those, because the workmanship went down the tubes.

This might be a more affordable option over the Cabelas dehydrators. If I were needing a dehydrator, I'd probably look at the Cabelas' but I have a lot more money available to spend now than I had back in the day.

u/oduribs · 2 pointsr/HotPeppers

Those Chocolates are scary! I would also recommend a dehydrator. I got one last year and haven't looked back.

u/hand___banana · 2 pointsr/gardening

we use the nesco fd-75a (amazon link)

i would absolutely not get the one moongrass09 recommended(no offense) because it doesn't have an adjustable temp. reviews said it dries at 160 degrees and the only thing you should dry at that temp is jerky. herbs should be dried at 95 degrees.

we've had ours for over 5 years now and it's still going strong. we expanded it to 7 or 8 trays and still dries well. we do fruit leather (there's a batch of apricots in right now actually), fruit chips, beef jerky, pretty much anything you can think of. the extra power and temp control make the model i linked worth the extra $20. if you dry some fruits or herbs at higher temps it gives it ruins the flavor.

u/tgw184 · 2 pointsr/keto

I bought a dehydrator from Amazon, not the best but not the worst. I usually get the flavored Great Value bacons like peppered or maple smoked. Or you can make your own "sauce" to leave it in overnight...but a lot of the recipes I've found on the internet are pretty sugary. Sometimes I'll add garlic salt or what not. Then, I cook it on a draining pan in the oven. Afterwards I toss it in my dehydrator. It's definitely a trial and error process. But it's nice to bring it with me on hikes or road trips.

Thanks for the heads up on the burgers; I hadn't thought about fillers... I need to retrain my brain to see outside the nutrition box. I usually just crunch numbers and see if it fits. I haven't been to KFC in forever, so I will swing by and taste the non-breaded varieties. And buffets are also a great choice since they are usually close to interstate exits. Thanks for the tips!

u/_mycelia · 2 pointsr/shroomers

If you have the money, Excalibur dehydrators are incredibly nice. Otherwise, the nesco dehydrators like this one work great. Make sure you go through Amazon or someone who will handle warranty issues for you, though.

u/thegamenerd · 2 pointsr/PrintedMinis

Usually what I do to dry my filament is put it in a food dehydrator set to 47C overnight. After that I store my filaments in a plastic bin that has lining on the brim of the lid. I throw a bunch of desiccants in there with the filaments and then I have a hydrometer in there to monitor the humidity. The humidity is so high where I live that leaving pla out for as little as a couple days will cause moisture issues.

I don't recommend using an oven because ovens usually swing pretty far on the temperature setting, and I've also never seen an oven that can be set as low as needed for pla. Here's a link to the food dehydrator I picked up. On mine the temperature setting is a little off but whatever temperature you set it to is rock solid. (i.e. I set the temp on the dial to 52C, it then reaches 47C and stays there all night long)

u/PM_ME_UR_NETFLIX_REC · 2 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

This is what I do, but it's not really cost efficient, I think I get about a lb of jerky for 3lbs of flank steak, or about $23-$24 per lb of jerky. I need to experiment with other / cheaper cuts.

Buy a dehydrator (I have this one with some extra trays:

I think I spent $75 on the dehydrator plus extra trays.

After that, it's $7/lb flank steak from costco for me.

Trim the flank steak
Freeze it for a while to make it easier to slice
Slice it and experiment with slicing against / with the grain. Against gives you soft, crumbly jerky that chews easy, with the grain gives you hard jerky. Also experiment with thickness. I've found I like a thicker cut that is sort of diagonal across the grain a bit. You can also try using a mandolin but I've found it doesn't slice nicely.

There's a giant vein in the flank steak that you'll want to work around and remove, although the smaller veins of fat you can leave in.

Experiment with marinades, but a pretty simple one is 1 part soy sauce, 1 part worcestershire sauce, black and red pepper. They key is really to make sure you've got plenty of salt.

Marinade for 12-24 hours.

Dehydrate on the highest setting, mine has the minimum for beef jerky marked on it.

You can't over-dehydrate it so let it really dry out. I've run it for up to 24 hours before.

Blot the pooled oil off the dried meat before storing in an air tight bag, as it will make it go rancid faster (plus its greasy).

This makes easily some of hte best jerky I've ever had and is price competitive with some of the really nice jerkies I've had but like it doesn't compete price-wise with pemmican or jack links or whatever the hell basic jerky you might be eating.

u/ducasaurus · 1 pointr/jerky

Here's Alton Brown's recipe in text form.

His recipe is a great starting point. You can modify it to your own liking after you've made a few batches.

As for meat choices, top round or flank works out for me. Ideally, the leaner, the better. Here's a chart for meat cuts

I currently use this Nesco dehydrator that I got for $20 from a garage sale. So if you have the time to do some garage sale hunting, hit them up!

u/tsdguy · 1 pointr/keto

Sorry I wouldn't use a no heat method - too much of a chance of pathogenic contamination.

I just purchased a nice NESCO FD75-A Dehydrator off the recommendation of Jerkyholic.

I've used it a couple of times already and it works great. Top round has been finishing in about 5 hours at 160F.

u/Mycomania · 1 pointr/HotPeppers

You dry them yourself? I tried dehydrated seeds before and they never popped. Even when using the lowest temp. I kinda gave up. Cut peppers dry faster anyway.

I have air dried peppers and pulled good seeds but it takes way to long. So I slice and dry now.

Maybe a different dehydrator would work better. I use this guy.

u/cubicleninja · 1 pointr/Paleo

This has been covered before, but I just bought a food dehydrator and love it. Make you some awesome paleo beef jerky and dried fruit. Make sue to pack along some nuts as well.

u/abracadabra5150 · 1 pointr/3Dprinting

I've been using this one at least once a week for over two years now. I've even forgotten it was on while drying petg rolls for two days and no damage at all :

Edit: sorry, it is over $50 (not by much though), i missed that part of your post.

u/mygaythrowaway2468 · 1 pointr/shroomers

I’m thinking it’s a Nesco FD-75A

u/the-one_who_rings · 1 pointr/DIY

I've made decent jerky with this dehydrator before. I've used this thing before, but if I'm using ground meat I just shape it by hand now.

u/twistedfork · 1 pointr/dogs

It is actually incredibly easy! Although some people will tell you to season the meat, we haven't found any dog that doesn't like it as just chicken.

We slice chicken breast as thin as possible. My dad works at a meat counter so he's got super sharp knives, but if you pop them in the freezer for ~20 minutes you can slice them more easily. Place them on the dehydrator trays, turn it to 160 and let it be for 6-10 hours (or longer depending on how thin you got your slices). The jerky is done when know..looks like jerky. We make ours really dried out because it lasts my dog longer when eating it. We also keep it in the fridge, because we don't salt it and don't use other preservatives it can mold on a counter top with any kind of humidity, it has never molded in the fridge.

We have given the chicken jerky as gifts to other people that frequent the dog park and haven't had a dog turn up their nose yet and they are good for dogs that have sensitivities to additives in other kinds of treats. The chicken we buy is hormone and antibiotic free.

This is the dehydrator I use.

u/brontosaurus-rex · 1 pointr/Health

Nice, thanks! I've been thinking about getting another, and that looks like a good one. Mine was similar, I had the round nesco.

u/Jimbojauder · 1 pointr/jerky

NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray

This is what I have I love it

u/spunkmesilly · 1 pointr/dehydrating

Haha I got a two tray expansion and the fruit leather tray so I’m assuming that my mom also got me the dehydrator to go with it. Unless she’s being a total jerk.

NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray

u/biznalls20 · 1 pointr/opiates

Don't microwave it, too many risks. You absolutely must develop patience right now if you don't already have it.

I have had this happen to me before however not toilet water thank god. You need to separate them form each other best you can without screwing them up too much and set the aside somewhere kinda warm where there is no breeze at all and just wait and keep waiting if you want to salvage everything. Let it sit like 24 hours before you bather checking. If you can apply passive hear with no blower go for it, just keep it very low. Like a portable radiator based heater on low.

Only other option I can think of is if you happen to have or can borrow a home food dehydrator, that would work wonders. Something like this or similar would do awesome:

u/MCubb · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Welcome back and congrats on the new place!

Ooo you should look into Dehydrators!

They're super fun and of course pump out all the delicious things!

Also, I'm concerned. You say you paint with all the colors of the wind, but what I'd like to know is do you also sing with all the voices of the mountains?

u/TheProphetIAM · 1 pointr/shrooms
u/Darranimo · 1 pointr/shrooms

NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray

No need to get fancier than this. Works great!

u/BugsRucker · 1 pointr/shroomers

this Nesco.

edit: $8 over your budget but get over it :)

u/backpackerwade · 1 pointr/jerky

I have this Nesco. I'm on my 2nd one as the 1st one died after a few years of use. I almost bought me an Excalibur one, but did the math and saw I could buy 4 of the Nesco's for the price of the Excalibur. I figured it might have been my rough handling of the Nesco. If this one breaks with my baby-ing it then I'll probably break down and get the Excalibur.

u/Ziphonal · 1 pointr/preppers

I have this one and it works great. The slightly smaller cheaper version can be found here. It looks like it is the top rated one on amazon but was a little small for my needs.

u/SharkF1ghter · 1 pointr/personalfinance

Also, get a food dehydrator and vacuum sealer instead of freeze dried food. Way cheaper in the long run.

u/klandrach · 1 pointr/keto

I have this one -


I like it. I put the trays in the dishwasher and they come pretty clean, sometimes I have to use a little scrub brush. But it makes tasty jerky and kale chips (the only two things I have tried to make) really easily and fits quite a bit of food. I wasn't sure how much I would use it, so didn't want to spend a bunch of money on one. You can also buy additional trays if you are making a lot of jerky at once.

u/GrimmLynne · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

We have this brand. We use it to make deer jerky every hunting season. I like the adjustable thermostat, and it also has trays that you can use to make your own fruit roll-ups. I got a good deal on mushrooms once that were on sale and dehydrated them for later use in sauces and gravies.

u/splatterhead · 0 pointsr/trailmeals

4 1/2 stars after over 2000 reviews on Amazon for the FD-75A.