Reader review of the Nesco FD-75PR food dehydrator
Here's an email sent in from Lea, about her 5-tray Nesco FD-75PR (Thanks Lea!):
For anyone who loves making their own pasta sauce with dried tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, you have to try the Nesco Dehydrator. I would buy dried tomatoes, peppers and onions to make my sauce and that just seemed insane when I grew them fresh in my garden each year. And every year about half of my surplus ended up spoiling because I just couldn’t get to the canning (which I totally despise). Last year when I purchased my vegetable plants I decided to buy a dehydrator too.
It looked large enough to hold a fair amount of vegetables. It was not the least expensive but it wasn't the most expensive either. It had a temperature control that I knew would come in handy but I really liked the top-mounted fan, unlike the other models. 700-watt seemed the average size so I purchased.
I fully expected my first trial run to be a flop so I only filled one tray with thinly sliced tomatoes and set the temperature according to the directions. A few hours later, I was surprised to see almost perfect dried tomatoes. The next round, I filled all of the trays and had the same results.
I was fairly confident that the green peppers would turn out all right with their firm consistency but was a little skeptical about the onions. Let me put it this way, I will never buy a bottle of dried onions again! In fact, my friends want to purchase a bottle! Instead, I give them as gifts. I’m even thinking of making a basket that contain all of the ingredients for my famous pasta sauce that I made with my dehydrator and giving as gifts. Never again will anything spoil in my garden.
The enclosed recipe book was awesome and my first try at beef jerky was a success. I would highly recommend the Nesco Dehydrator for someone who considers himself or herself a gourmet cook. This year I have started an herb garden to try bottling my own herbs. Who knows, maybe I can even go into business for myself!