The American Harvest by Nesco is an all-in-one kit that acts as a food dehydrator, and it comes with a lot of accessories to make food dehydration quick and easy – there is even a jerky gun included.
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Known for the utmost in quality and affordability, Nesco is a brand I have a lot of experience with, and I knew that this model would perform well prior to testing it. But did it meet my expectations?
FD-61WHC Features and Specs
- Top-mounted fan
- 500-watt power
- Temperature dial
- 5 trays included
- Fruit roll sheet and clean-a-screen included
- Jerky gun for easy beef jerky drying
- Dishwasher safe
- BPA free
Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Review
Large trays, 5 in total, are included to allow you to quickly and easily dry all of your food items. The Snackmaster Express uses BPA-free plastic on all surfaces that your food will touch, so you don’t have to worry about any of the bad side effects that heating plastic can cause.
An all-in-one kit, the FD-61WHC comes with all of the accessories needed to dry fruits, herbs, vegetables and meats. In the box, you’ll find a:
- Fruit roll sheet
- Clean-a-screen (meant for herbs)
- Jerky gun
There is also a recipe guide included, so you’ll know how long each food item should dry. And, you’ll learn a few new recipes to make delicious, dry foods with ease. It’s the perfect model for beginners because it comes with everything you need to get started.
The 5 included trays snap together to allow you to dry 5 different trays at one time.
After you’ve cut your fruit (or other items), and evenly layered them on a tray, you’ll put the top of the machine on and choose the right temperature for the drying process. Many machines don’t offer this level of temperature control refinement, but it’s a necessity for dehydrating foods to perfection.
If you’ve ever had dried fruit that was too hard, this is caused by drying at too high of a temperature for too long.
With the ability to choose the temperature, you’ll be able to make beef jerky in hours instead of days. Delicate fruits can be dried at lower temperatures to ensure all of the nutrients remain intact.
Utilizing Converga Flow Technology, the American Harvest FD-61WHC pushes air down vertically inside of the appliance while pulling the air horizontally. What this does is ensures that all of the hot air is spread evenly among your tray.
- Temperature control refinement
- Even dehydration
- Expands up to 12 trays
- Includes several screens and accessories
- Loud and big
Is this is a deal-breaker? Definitely not. While a little large and noisy, this model does dehydrate food very fast, and comes with everything you need to get started, including a beef jerky gun. The gun makes drying meats fun and provides you with more accuracy in the overall texture and size of your jerky.
For me, this is the perfect entry-level food dehydrator. If you found the Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC review to be helpful information, check out the rest of the website for more reviews and guides.