(4.8 / 5) Nesco FD-1018A Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator
Drying food is a wonderful way to preserve food and their nutritive qualities. It is also great to dry fruits, herbs and blossoms to dry your own herbal teas to use all year long. I personally own a Nesco FD-1018A Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator and have been experimenting with it for a few years now.
Dehydrated food is good also for camping and to eat inexpensive, organic, without additives and nutritious food during winter. A dehydrator works at very low temperatures which allows food to preserve their nutritive values.
We all know dried apricots, prunes, sun dried tomatoes, the fruit leather.. well, you can make those with the dehydrator without using preservatives found in commercial products…. Learn more about it !
For 3 years, I have been using the food dehydrator for flowers like chamomile, fruits, vegetables and herbs. This dehydrator is serving me well and it is very easy to use.
Wanting to preserve more of what my garden offers me and to eat organic food all year long and dry my own herbal teas, I have discovered how to dehydrate food a few years ago and I started (really) loving it.
I dry fruits that I will use in dessert or in teas, flowers for teas, crisp vegetables as snacks etc.
I am writing this review mainly because I love this product that I use every summer.
When I first started researching dehydrators, I was a little confused as to what I really needed for the price I was ready to invest. So, I did thorough research about dehydrators and I really made the best choice with this one.
I think it is the best dehydrator to learn and start drying food and it has an incredible capacity of over 30 trays. It is quick and efficient without being too big.
I hope that this review can be helpful if you are looking into buying a dehydrator.
Nesco FD-1018A Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator Review
(4.8 / 5)
- 1000 Watts
- Air circulation is Converg-A-Flow fan that forces heated air horizontally across each tray
- Drying area is 1 quare foot per tray ( so up to 30 square feet at one time with 30 trays)
- Temperature in : 90 to 155 degrees F
- 8 trays
- 8 fruit roll sheets
- 8 clean-a-screen sheets
- Capacity of 30 trays
- Horizontal air flow
- No timer
- 1 year warranty
- Dimensions are 15 1/2” dia; 10 1/2” high
- Weight 10 pounds
- Motor is on bottom of unit
- It also comes with : jerky cure and spices pack, a guide with instructions and recipes and How to dry food book.
|How To Dry Food by Deanna DeLong|
Precautions to take when dehydrating
- Use the Fruit Roll Sheet for liquids and fruit purees.
- Clean trays and sheets with a mild detergent. Soak for a few minutes.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners or pads.
- To make sure not to contaminate the food, wash hands and clean the work surfaces.
- Avoid water on the power head unit, use a soft damp cloth to remove residues.
- Do not overlap food on the trays.
- Never use the dehydrator with less than 4 trays to make sure not to burn the fan, even if the trays are empty
What to dehydrate ?
Use best quality organic food to dehydrate. For fruits and vegetable, pick them when they are fully riped and flavorful.
Here is a list of food you can dehydrate :
- Fruit leather
- Herbs and spices
- Baby Food
- Nuts and seeds
- Meat and fish
I personally like to dehydrate fruits, blossoms and herbs the best and I mostly use them for herbal teas and tisanes.
Drying time, temperature and storage time
Drying time will vary for all different food and depending on the humidity and temperature. Drying temperature will vary as well. In the guide and book that come with the Nesco Dehydrator, there are very informative instructions and recipes to guide you in your dehydrating adventures !
In fact, in the book, you will find a list of fruits and vegetables, recommended time and temperature, how to test the dryness, etc. There is also guides on how to use the dried food, how to store it… and how long you can store it for best quality food. Storage of dried food should always be in a cool, dry and dark place.
It is absolutely amazing. I genuinely recommend this product.
I learned so much from it and there is still so much to experiment. It even tells you which vegetables or fruits have the best quality when dried to help the reader.
For example, the dried quality of cherries, pears, peppers, peaches, figs is said to be excellent, where peas and pumpkin would have a “fair to good” quality when dried. So the book is extremely insightful and it helps to learn quickly by having successful results.
The book covers methods of drying, the process, the history of drying, the equipment and accessories. It also covers how to dry fruits, fruit leather, vegetables, herbs and spices, baby food, nuts and seeds, meat and fish on top of many recipes.
In the guide, there is also a list of food, how to prepare it, the average drying time and uses.
I am really satisfied with the product and all the accessories that came with it.
As a owner of the Nesco FD-1018 dehydrator, I cannot recommend more this dehydrator if you are looking for one. The list of accessories that come with it, the wattage, the air flow system and the temperature control really makes this product a quality buy.
It is affordable when comparing with other dehydrator, also considering the amazing space capacity it can hold of 30 square feet of food ! Nesco is a well-known for their quality dehydrators and they offer a one year warranty.
If you are looking for a dehydrator, this is definitely a great option for you. This is an excellent investment for a healthy lifestyle.
Impress your friends with homemade Jerky or Fruit rolls !
Leave a comment ! Which fruits, vegetables or herbs would be good to dry ?