By IthacaNancy

from Ithaca, NY

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Super Fast Shipping and Best Price

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast
  • Large Capacity
  • Easy Controls

CONS

BEST USES

  • Jerky
  • Dog Biscuits
  • Dried Fruit

Comments:

The motor of my first dehydrator died, and rather than purchase just the new motor, I bought a new model in order to expand the number of trays I had. I'm happy to have the extra capacity. I made a big batch of dog biscuits - rather like biscotti - and dried them in the dehydrator to extend their shelf life. After that I've put them in FoodSaver bags to keep them fresh and dry and then in metal tins or 'super pails' to protect them from rodents. I will also do some bird biscuits this way to free up freezer space. In the past I've dried lots of fruits and vegetables - dried pears and apples are lovely! The controls for heat and duration of cooking are very easy to manage. I've also been happy that the heat is high enough to make jerky safely.


By Paul

from Athens, NY

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Performs as Advertised

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easy Controls
  • Quiet

CONS

  • Difficult to Clean

BEST USES

  • Dried Fruit

Comments:

Model with a digital timer is worth the price


By Toni and Ed

from Long Island, NY

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Absolutely great product!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Large Capacity
  • Fast
  • Easy Controls

CONS

  • Difficult to Clean

BEST USES

  • Jerky
  • Dried Fruit

Comments:

Great product, recently purchased. So far have made Venison Jerky and Sweet Potato treats for our dogs(and for us!) They came out great. The Nesco website is very helpful for instructions and recipes. Experimented with drying fruit, but I think we need a little more practice, especially with the size/width of the slices. Been also experimenting with the temperature and drying times. A little time consuming to clean the drying trays but if you soak them in hot soapy water and use a scrub brush, it works fine....Definitely worth the purchase..LOVE it!


By wanda

from Huntington, indiana

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more than I ever expected

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast
  • Versatile
  • Quiet
  • Large Capacity
  • Easy Controls

CONS

BEST USES

  • Dried Fruit
  • Dried Herbs

Comments:

the 1020 is much faster. dries food evenly. just a great machine.


By Pete The Dehydrator Master!

from Monticello, Kentucky

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WOW! What a Machine!

 
4.0

PROS

  • All Around Great Machine
  • Easy To Clean
  • Large Capacity
  • Fast
  • Quiet
  • Easy Controls

CONS

  • NONE SO FAR

BEST USES

  • Dried Fruit
  • Dried Herbs
  • Dried tomatoes
  • Jerky

Comments:

So Far I can't complain about ANYTHING. This dehydrator has everything I need and does a SUPER job. I'll save a bundle on drying my own tomatoes let alone making scrumptious Beef Jerky! Both have turned out perfect and are DELICIOUS! What would top this Food Dehydrator off w/b after complete timed food drying is accomplished, a total auto-power shut off would make it the CATS MEOW! Really though you can't top this baby off!


By Harry

from Bellingham Mass

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Garden Master Pro Food dehydrator

 
5.0

PROS

  • Large Capacity
  • Versatile
  • Easy Controls
  • Quiet
  • Fast

CONS

BEST USES

  • Dried Fruit
  • Jerky
  • Does it twice as fast asy

Comments:

This product is over all just great


By Bea

from Akron, Ohio

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A dehydrator that is programmable.

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy Controls
  • Fast
  • Versatile
  • Quiet
  • Large Capacity

CONS

BEST USES

  • Dried Fruit
  • Dried Vegetables
  • Dried Herbs

Comments:

I bought this product even though I already had a smaller food dehydrator. The Gardenmaster Pro Dehydrator has the capablities of drying from 1 to 20 trays of food at one time. But the BEST feature is that it can be digitally programmed. I set the controls for the drying temperature and the drying time before I went to bed. After the time period ended the unit automatically shut off so when I woke up in the morning my parsley was dried perfectly. It worked great for drying onions and peppers from my garden. I'm going to try apples this week.


By Winter Survivor

from Midwest, USA

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A Garden Saver!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Large Capacity
  • Easy Controls
  • Quiet
  • Versatile
  • Fast

CONS

BEST USES

  • Dried Fruit

Comments:

I always overplant tomatoes in the summer after a winter of tasteless store bought ones. Hating to lose any of my crop, I dry pound after pound into "sun-dried tomatoes" and powdered tomatoes. That way I get that real tomato flavor through the winter to hold me until I can plant again. I love the drying power of this dehydrator and it is convenient to use. The digital settings are the best new feature! I love it!


By Farmer Nana

from Molino, FL

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I am very pleased with this product!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy Controls
  • Versatile
  • Large Capacity

CONS

  • Like it all

BEST USES

  • Dried tomatoes

Comments:

I bought this product with some hesitancy because not all the reviews for it were consistent. I am very pleased that I followed my instincts and bought it anyway. I have been using it daily for almost a week now drying tomatoes from my vegetable garden. I even learned in the process that fresh dried tomatoes are even better than candy!!!! This product is easy to use and does an excellent job. Cleaning is not the easiest but it's not the fault of the product, just one of the drawbacks of drying food...it tends to stick. I found letting it soak in the sink and then finishing off with a soft dish brush does the trick!


By girlyschmoo

from Bend, OR

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Love it!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Versatile
  • Easy Controls
  • Large Capacity

CONS

  • Bulky

BEST USES

  • Dried Herbs
  • Dried Fruit

Comments:

My kids love to eat dried fruit & this way I can control the consistancy and finished product.


By Jerky Guy

from Monterey, CA

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Great Product

 
5.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Handles Tough Jobs
  • Easy To Use
  • Quiet
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Powerful Motor

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

So far, I've just used it for jerky and it has been great. Please note - take the instructions for dehydrating as a guide, not as an absolute. It takes a few rounds of trial and error to get the right drying time.


By Sunnybrook

from Provo UT

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I'm pleased with the Gardenmaster.

 
4.0

PROS

  • Handles Tough Jobs
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Quiet
  • Powerful Motor

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

I have used it a lot! I have dried mostly fruits and fruit leathers, including tomato leather (it's yummy). I have done a few veggies. I suggest that Nesco include two more "leather" drying trays and charge more for the unit. Also, include three more clean-a-screen screens. Apparently they (Nesco) make more money if you have to order those items extra after you have purchased it. I recommend the book: MaryBell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook. Overall, I figure the Gardenmaster is a great investment since I don't can food!



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