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Nesco Gardenmaster FD-1020

by Cynthia
(Austin, TX)

I personally don't know what I would do without my food dehydrator. I know that sounds funny but in the 13 months that I have had my Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator model FD-1020, I have used it for regular meals with the family, special events, and holiday parties.

When my son started eating solid foods and baby food was just not enough anymore, I started to experiment with my dehydrator and fruits I had around the house. His favorite thing to eat was dehydrated bananas and kiwi mixed with yogurt. The thing I like most about my particular food dehydrator is that it has a fan that eliminates water from dripping into the heater chamber.

Also, it’s big! So I can get a lot dehydrated in less time! Plus it evenly cooks as opposed to some smaller models where you have to rotate the tray or else your stuck with partially dehydrated food.

The one I had before I upgraded to this model only had 1 temperature setting, but I have found that the temperature setting required for beef jerky was very different than the temp needed for fruits and veggies. I found this out the hard way. That's why I like the one I have now, because it has an adjustable thermostat that makes is easy pick the correct temp for my jerky! When I am not using it (which is not very often), it's lightweight enough that I can easily pick it up and tuck in the cabinets above my fridge.

I bought it at a great price too! I paid as much for my Gardenmaster as I did for the one I had before and it’s bigger and has better features! It's truly a must-have for those interested in food dehydration!

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Aug 20, 2009
Same one
by: Kelly

I have the same Nesco, which I purchased from Sears. I love it! It is a nice product because it only weighs 11 pounds, so I am not breaking my back to lift it from the cabinet to the counter. It was easy to use right out of the box, because it comes pre-assembled, so I don't have to worry about putting it together, too. My favorite part about the product it the fact that it is digital, which helps make for easy clean up. It is dishwasher safe, as well!

I like to use this to make my dog home-made dog treats. She loves dried fruits and meats, so this makes it a lot easier to do! My favorite thing to make for her are dried chicken jerky-like strips. She eats them up so fast!

It is a big item to keep in the kitchen, but I recently moved into my own place, so this is one of the few items I have in my cabinets. This product is quiet, durable, and easy to use, so I definitely recommend it to anyone looking to make their own dried foods and herbs (and dog treats!).

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