A multi-tiered shelving system allows you to use the NutriChef Kitchen to dehydrate foods while retaining 97% of the nutrients in the process. This model has been tested to increase the shelf life of the food while being fast and efficient.
What did I experience during my NutriChef Kitchen electric countertop food dehydrator review?
Before I go through all of the fine details, I want to list all of this model’s features for you to see at a glance.
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NutriChef Kitchen Features
- 5 tray design
- Single button operation
- 250-watt power
- Fast heating time
- Bottom heating element
NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator Review
The NutriChef is a breeze to use, and everything stacks together perfectly. Its sleek design allows for little counter space needed for storage, while still allowing for a large drying space. There are no temperature control settings which makes it a little difficult to refine your drying options, but with a little trick, you can still dry your foods to perfection.
First, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your unit and check it every 1 – 2 hours with delicate fruits and vegetables.
Using a bottom heating element, I always placed my meat on the bottom tray. I am not sure if this really does allow my meat to dry faster or not, but it takes just 14+ hours to make beef jerky, which is great.
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You’ll also love the amount of room each dehydrating tray offers.
While they look stainless steel, they are plastic. Most units do have plastic trays, and at this low of a price, I wouldn’t expect anything else.
There are 5 trays included, but you can expand this unit up to 20 trays. I didn’t personally try this to test how thoroughly all 20 trays would dry, so I am not sure if the dehydration time would be increased.
Each tray has 6 portion separators to easily section off your food.
Stacking tabs are included if you have larger items you want to dehydrate as well.
- 5 – 20 tray stacking option
- Easy on/off usage
- Small footprint
- Lack of temperature controls
The one thing I have to complain about with the NutriChef Kitchen food dehydrator is that there are no temperature controls. Ultimately, you’ll be spending a lot of time if you have moist meat you want to turn into jerky or even on banana slices that are rather hard.
Meat takes 14+ hours to dehydrate, and moist bananas can take up to 24 hours or more to dry properly if you like them very crisp.
This is a long time if you’re like me and like to dry your food items at night while you sleep. But for an entry-level priced model, it does work well. The unit is relatively quiet, and there is plenty of room to add more trays if you need to dehydrate a lot of items at one time.
I really liked the tray design because it offers sections for different food items, and you also have stacking tabs that you can use to give each tab a little extra height for larger items.
As an entry-level model, the NutriChef food dehydrator exceeded my expectations. It’s perfect for beginners that want an affordable model and don’t want to spend a bundle in the process.