Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster

dehydrator-fd61Are you looking for a useful and unique present, or your family just needs a low-cost, but quality food dehydrator? This device is so practical that after using it for a week or two, you will hardly believe that there were days when you were able to live without it. Thanks to the reasonable price, which varies from $60 to $70 and exceptional quality, this food dehydrator is a bestseller at most on-line stores. And there is nothing surprising about that: most of the appliances in the same price range need days to complete the dehydration process when the Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster Encore does the job in only a few hours. It does not matter whether you want to dry eatable or uneatable products – this machine will make sure you get the best results. Yes, it is hard to believe that an appliance like this can be inexpensive and still work well. However, we have read thousands of comments which confirm that the Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster Encore is one of the most excellent food dehydrators that cost less than $100.
nesco-fd-61-snackmasterFruits and veggies, leaves and flowers, meat and pastiche – the list of the stuff this dehydrator can dry is very long. You can make delicious dried apricots or blueberries, raisins or dried tomatoes, cherry, kiwi or strawberry fruit leather. All these sweets will be both super healthy and chemicals free because products processed with Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster Encore retain up to 95% of nutrients (even freezing is not so effective). This food dehydrator will help you prepare delicious meals that provide your body with the full range of vitamins and minerals in the cold season , and only minimum effort is required. The device will be especially useful for parents who want to make their kids’ menu a little bit more healthful. For example, if your children are not fond of oatmeal, make them oat breakfast bars with strawberries, or cheesy kale chips. Another thing important to mention is that buying this device is an investment that will definitely pay off in the future. Just think about how much money you can economize by making your own dry fruits instead of buying them in a supermarket. Plus, you can be sure that these fruits will be organic.

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Even though the Nesco FD-61 is considered to be not very expensive appliance, it is designed in the way that makes it similar to some high-class models. For instance, it is made of quality materials, and if used properly, can serve you for many years. However, I have found a few critical reviews from the customers. Some users find this machine too noisy and are not able to switch it on for the night, others are not satisfied with the trays because they turned out to be too large for their dishwashers. Nevertheless, most buyers’ comments are positive. According to them this model is convenient and useful, and its reasonable price is just a nice bonus.

Nesco FD-61 Review

Heat Distribution: 5/5

Equal circulation of the heat is the key condition for professional food drying. That is why the Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster Encore is tooled up with the system called Converga-Flow System. The main element of this system, which is the fan with the capacity of 2100 RPM, generates horizontal air flow. Such system allows you to both dehydrate all your products at the same time and prevent flavor mixing from different trays. It is very convenient if you need to dry fruits, veggies and meat at the same time.

Capacity: 5/5

Even though you only get four trays in the package, it doesn’t mean that this number is limited. You can easily extend the capacity of you food dehydrator by ordering and installing more trays. You can add up to eight pieces. No matter if you have four or twelve trays set, this appliance works perfectly.

Other Features: 4.5/5

The Nesco Dehydrator is equipped with thermoregulator that allows you to set temperatures from 95 to 160 degrees F. Thanks to this function, you can change the temperature depending on your needs. This option allows you to use food dehydrator not only for drying meat, fruits, and veggies but also for making dry leaves and flowers, or stiffening kids’ sculptures made of glue or dough, or making some handmade paper.
This model is especially popular among the meat lovers because it dries beef jerky as good as high-priced dehydrators. Thanks to above mentioned Converga-Flow System, your meat will be ready almost right away. But the most important thing is that this beef will preserve all the nutrients, especially proteins, which are so easily lost in the process of cooking. The Nesco Dehydrator removes only water and leaves you all the minerals and vitamins. Another worth mentioning features of this appliance are its modern design that looks good at any kitchen and ability to be disassembled that allows you to place it into almost any drawer.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

In general, I can say that current model of food dehydrator is perfect for those who want to purchase an appliance that is not expensive, but still does the job. Even more, if taken care properly, this kitchen tool will perform its functions for many years. And the last, but not least important fact about the Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster Encore is that it has smaller drying period comparing to other appliances with the similar price. It means that you will get your products dried sooner and with less electricity consumption.
The current model weighs only 6.85 pounds and is available in grey color. The device is made of high-quality plastic. A one-year warranty is ensured by the manufacturer.


Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster

Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster

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        • 500 Watts
        • Expands to 12 trays
        • Easy clean up
        • Opaque exterior protects your food


        • Unreliable Temperature Control
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