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Nesco FD-61 Review: Is the Snackmaster Encore the Best Budget-Friendly Dehydrator?

The Nesco FD-61 is one of those dehydrators you never knew you needed until you had it. It’s easy to use, efficient, budget-friendly, and offers quick drying. And with the Converga-Flow action, you never have to rotate trays and food flavors will never mix.

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They don’t call this model the Snackmaster Encore for nothing – you can dehydrate a lot of food at one time. We were so excited to give this dehydrator a try, and we’re so glad we did. Here’s what we experienced with this model:

Snackmaster Encore Features

  • 500W drying power
  • Converga-Flow design
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Can expand to 12 trays
  • No need to rotate trays

Nesco FD-61 Review

The Nesco FD-61 uses 500W of drying power that allows for quick dehydration of vegetables, fruits, venison and beef jerky. Foods dry in hours – not days like regular dehydrators. With an adjustable thermostat, you can dehydrate a variety of different foods at the proper temperature. With a range of 95 to 160°, you can dehydrate delicate foods like herbs and thicker foods, like jerky, with ease.

With a top-mounted fan, liquid will never drip into the heating chamber. The Converga-Flow drying system forces the air down through the pressurized chamber – not the trays themselves. Then, the air is forced to move horizontally across each tray individually. This allows for even, and nutritious drying. Flavors never mix, and trays never need to be rotated.

The FD-61 couldn’t be easier to use. It comes with 4 trays, but can expand up to 12. Just load your food on the trays, stack the trays, turn on the dehydrator, and you’re ready to go. Don’t forget to set the proper temperature. Lower temps are great for delicate foods, while higher temperatures are ideal for thicker, moister foods.

List Price:$79.99
Sale Price:$64.79
You Save:$15.20 (19%)

If you enjoy making fruit rolls, you can do that with this machine as well. However, you’ll need to purchase the fruit roll trays separately. That was our biggest issue with this unit. We enjoy making fruit leather as a healthy, nutritious snack. But the FD-61 doesn’t actually come with the fruit roll tray like many other models do.

At this price range, it’s hard to complain about the lack of the fruit roll sheet, but it is a minor inconvenience.

Nesco also offers Clean-A-Screen sets and Add-A-Trays that you can purchase separately. Each pack comes with two pieces each (i.e. two screens or two trays). We did like that you can expand up to 12 trays, so if you need to dehydrate a lot of food at one time, you can do so with ease.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Dehydrates a lot of food at one time
  • No need to rotate trays
  • Food dries quickly
  • Powerful drying
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • No fruit roll sheets included

As mentioned previously, the only issue we had with the FD-61 was that it did not come with any fruit roll sheets. That said, this model is also one of the most affordable we’ve tried that offers this high of quality drying.

The Nesco FD-61 is a great option for the budget-conscious user who wants to make their own snacks, dried herbs and jerky. Easy to use and quick drying action, this is a dehydrator that you’ll use time and time again – and it will last you years.

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The Nesco FD-61 is one of those dehydrators you never knew you needed until you had it. It’s easy to use, efficient, budget-friendly, and offers quick drying. And with the Converga-Flow action, you never have to rotate trays and food flavors will never mix. They don’t call this model the Snackmaster Encore for nothing – you can dehydrate a lot of food at one time. We were so excited to give this dehydrator a try, and we’re so glad we did. Here’s…

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