Nesco’s Snackmaster Pro currently holds the top spot on Amazon for dehydrators. Is he FD-75A really worthy of the top ranking? We decided that it was time to give this model a first-hand try to see if it lives up to the hype.
And during our Nesco FD-75A review, we found that this model is exceptional and worth every penny.
Plus, it comes with a lot of great features that make drying your own food a breeze.
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Nesco FD-75A Features
- Top mounted fan for even heating
- 95 – 160 degree temperature options
- 2 solid sheets
- 2 mesh sheets
- 3 jerky packets
- 13” x 13” x 10” dimensions
- 5 total drying trays
- Expandable to 12 trays
Nesco FD-75A Review
When you first see the FD-75A, you’ll think that it resembles a crockpot. This unit is smaller at 13”x13” with a depth of 10”, but it still has the ability to dry five different layers of food all at one time.
And getting started is a breeze.
You’ll find that there are several trays (5 in total to choose from when drying). There is also the ability to purchase more trays to expand the unit to 12 total trays. I personally didn’t expand the unit because I didn’t have a need to dry that many foods at one time. But, if you are an avid drier, you will find the expansion options to be very helpful.
Before you place the food on the tray, you’ll want to look at all of the screens included:
- Fruit roll screens
- Clean-a screens
- Jerk spice packets
These will allow you to dry fruit spreads or other items properly. But, if you’re going to dry fruit or veggies, simply spread them out evenly over the tray. Keep in mind, you don’t want to overlap foods, so allow for enough space, and also use the different trays for various foods.
One of the most impressive features is the coverage-flow system.
Many dehydrators require you to rotate trays often. If you’re like me, you don’t want to babysit your dehydrator, turning trays every 30 minutes – it’s not fun. The patented system uses a fan to push the hot air down on the food evenly to allow for proper dehydration.
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There is also a wide range of temperature settings from 95F – 160F.
Meats should be dried on the highest temperature, while fruits and veggies should be dried at 130F – 140F, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you’re new to food dehydration, there is even a recipe guide with 52 pages of recipes to follow.
- Top-located fan allows for proper dehydration
- Variety of temperature controls allows for faster or slower drying
- Easy to use with a lot of trays and extras included
- No “on/off” switch included
Interestingly, you have to unplug the unit from the wall to shut it off, and plug it into the socket to turn it on. I’m not sure why Nesco didn’t included an “on/off” switch, but it is inconvenient.
For the price, this machine is simply amazing. It allows for proper dehydration thanks to the top-loaded fan, offers a variety of heat ranges, and comes with ample drying racks with expansion possibilities.
All of this is wrapped up in a compact, robust machine that is perfect for drying food.
I almost forgot to mention that you even receive a 52-page recipe guide that will allow you to start drying your favorite food today.