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Gardenmaster better than Excalibur

by Sandra
(Queens, NY)

I feel confident in saying this Nesco Gardenmaster is a better quality product than the Excalibur 9 tray, both of which I have used. I first tried the Excalibur and quickly realized it took too long and was too cumbersome to be effective and needed a new thermostat after just three weeks. I found myself babysitting the unit, switching trays and drying only during the day when I could turn it off manually. The 9 tray I had did not have an automatic timer and was just a pain in the neck. I sold it on Ebay after two months. I ventured out into the world of dehydrating again after two long years of resentment. I tried the Nesco and was so happy I did. The digital controls offer exact results every time, the automatic shut-off allow you to dry at night without waking to adjust trays or check results. The capacity is huge with the add on trays offered and the powerful fan dries the bottom tray equally as fast as the top. The top mounted motor keeps drips from causing a clean-up nightmare and the quality of food is excellent. I've dried fruits, vegetables, made pounds and pounds of jerkey and have experimented with some raw food "baking" which all turned out perfect.

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Aug 11, 2009
Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster 5-tray
by: Carol

I have a Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster 5 tray food dehydrator, and I love it. I use it primarily to dry herbs and peppers that I grow in my own garden. It works wonderful on basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme and cilantro. These are the herbs I normally grow an dehydrate. I normally have more than I can use, so I dehydrate and crumble and jar these herbs up and give them away as gifts. My friends and family love them. The same is true about the peppers. People love dehydrated peppers. They work as well as fresh and storage is super easy once they are dehydrated. The only problems I have really had with the dehydrator is the height of each tray. I wish that I had a taller tray for some things. My children have made the fruit leathers in the dehydrator, and they have turned out well. We have the plastic mats that are made to put in each tray. When they are making the fruit leathers, the house smells wonderful. The food dehydrator I have is quick and quiet. It has a thermostat and works really well. The price was very reasonable as well. I would recommend it as a starter level dehydrator.

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