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    Food Dehydrator?

    I have been thinking about getting a food dehydrator to make jerky and some dried fruit snacks. Does anyone here have any experience with one? Do you use it much? What brands would you recommend?



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    My wife got one a year ago for xmas, it has never left the box.


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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    My wife got one a year ago for xmas, it has never left the box.
    TWSS.
    The Germans make good stuff. Or so I've been told.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    The Nesco brand is good and I never had a problem with it.3


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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    I had one when I was a kid and made beef jerky all the time. It was so damn good. Although, it takes awhile. Id usually put them in at night and they'd be done the next morning.



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    I make jerky on mine all the time. I am out of town and don't recall the brand.



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    jerky comes out much better on a smoker IMO. but the dehydrator is great for fruit. NESCO will get it done for you if you aren't trying to do huge poundage at a time



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    Quote Originally Posted by stevefrench View Post
    jerky comes out much better on a smoker IMO. but the dehydrator is great for fruit. NESCO will get it done for you if you aren't trying to do huge poundage at a time
    I think i'm gonna start working in huge poundage to my daily convos.



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    I have a Nesco one as well and make jerky all the time. Get the square one as it is much easier for jerky than the round trays. I ordered the extra tray kit and can get 9-10 lbs of hamberger per batch. Their spices are good as well and come in paks that season one lb which is nice.

    I have a LEM jerky gun that is very handy and easy to clean.



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    I pretty much just use mine for dried peppers. Fill it with red peppers, jalapenos, and habaneros, you have great pepper sprinkles for months. I've always found that the fruit doesn't last long enough for the effort.



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    Another vote for NESCO. I haven't used it for jerky, but it works great for fruits and vegetables.


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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    Here's some study material. Read up.



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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    I have a Nesco one as well and make jerky all the time. Get the square one as it is much easier for jerky than the round trays....

    Along the 'square' line...I have this one:

    Commercial Food, Fruit & Beef Jerky 9-Tray Large Excalibur Dehydrator

    Attachment 17736

    15 square feet of rack space.

    Don't use it as much as I thought I would, but it works good.





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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    I also have a Nesco, but it's round. I make deer jerky often, using the Nesco spices, takes about five hours. Haven't had any problems, just makes arced jerky. I have six trays and can make 4 lbs of ground venison at a time. Actually another company bought the spice line I think, but Scheel's carries them. I get the variety pack and use a teriyaki, spicy, and two regulars for my batch. The neighbor says I should market it.


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    Re: Food Dehydrator?

    I have a Nesco or American Harvest (can't recall which) and use it for jerky quite a bit. I remember seeing somewhere that some of the cheaper dehydrators don't have the 160F setting that you want for meat. Not sure as mine was a gift so I didn't exactly shop around.

    I think the square could be interesting, as my round one I have to get creative with how the meat goes in (TWSS). Wouldn't think the airflow wouldn't be as uniform on a square, though.



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