Thanks to technical progress, the Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express allows you to preserve fresh food for a long time. Made of modern but inexpensive materials it is affordable to families all over the world. In the niche of food dehydrators with 500 watts of power, this model is a bestseller. The Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express may not be the most practi cal applianc , but it is also one of the cheapest on offer. Its price varies from $40 to $50. Yes, it does not have all the cool features the high-class dehydrators possess, but even without them it works just fine. This device will help you cook the most healthy and delicious snacks that are loved by children and adults alike.
Unlike stoves and freezers, modern kitchen dehydrators for vegetables, fruits and other products perform almost impossible task – they dry foodstuffs without reducing the number of their nutrients. The primer difference of the Nesco FD-60 lies in its unique cooking method. Instead of using extremely hot or cold temperatures, this food dehydrator uses warm air as a cooking tool. As a result, all the vitamins and minerals of the products don’t evaporate as during standard drying outdoors. On the contrary, they are concentrated and preserved.
Another option of using this appliance is to dry non-edible products in it. For example, you can prepare dried flowers and leaves for crafts and décor. This device can be also used for making unique handmade paper. It can dry glue, alabaster, play dough and many other things. Nesco FD-60 will have your children’s masterpieces stiffened in no time. Yes, this appliance is considered to be the low-cost one, but there are still plenty of things it can be used for.
However, as an inexpensive device, Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express has had a few compliance s from customers. For instance, lack of switch button causes a constant need to plug and unplug the appliance. The plastic trays are not allowed to be put into a dishwasher, so you will have to wash them yourself. Some users state that the plates absorb overpowering flavors like those possessed by onion and garlic. Nevertheless, comparing the quality of the appliance to its price, it is surely worth buying.
Nesco FD-60 Review
Heat Distribution: 5/5
This model has a thermal circulation system called Converga-Flow. The device is equipped with a fan that is located at the top. This fan pushes the warm air down and distributes it over each of the trays. Such system ensures gentle and even drying. You don’t need to rotate the trays, just put the foodstuff or anything else you want to dry to the trays, plug in the appliance and do whatever you need to around the house. The Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express will do the cooking instead of you. Another benefit of the Converga-Flow system is that the fan is located at the top of the appliance. You will not have to clean it from chips and dirt as they simply won’t be able to get there.
Unlike equally priced food dehydrators the Nesco FD-37A and Waring Pro, model Nesco FD-60 may be enlarged to 12 trays. You will not need to make any additional adjustments; the air flow is adju sted automatically depending on the number of trays you assemble. A standard model goes with four plates, and each of them has sufficient capacity. In general, this appliance is a small-sized one. With dimension 13.5 to 9.45 inches, this it will easily find a place in any kitchen. You can also adjust the device to drying bigger items by removing upper trays.
Other Features: 4/5
The thermoregulator allows you to set any temperature between 95 and 160 degrees F. This way you can set lower temperatures for drying fruits and veggies, or switch the high-temperature regime, which is suitable for preparing meat, like beef jerky.
The Converga-Flow system also prevents flavor mixing, so you can dry onion and strawberries at the same time. Thanks to horizontal air distribution, the dehydration goes much faster. For instance, according to customers’ reviews, nine hours are enough for drying beef jerky and only ten or twelve hours are needed for dehydrating fruits. So, comparing to other models, Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express can prepare your foodstuff at least three hours sooner. Pretty good results for a low-priced appliance, aren’t they?
This food dehydrator is also packed with a fruit leather sheet, spices for jerky and cure packs. Among the trays, you will also find the one we call ‘No Spill.’ It allows you to dry liquids like sauces. Another important feature of this appliance is Opaque Vita-Save Exterior, which helps to preserve nutrients.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Even though we are used to judging devices by their price, this particular food dehydrator is a well-known exception. Despite its low price, it provides you with the same features as the appliances in a cost range of $80. Yes, the Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express has a few weaknesses, but, if used correctly, it will perform the work for decades.