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Nesco FD-75A Review

The Nesco Snackmaster Pro is part of the Nesco/American Harvest line of food dehydrators, and its all-around excellent performance makes it possible to dry fruits, vegetables and jerky in hours instead of days.

Our Verdict

The Nesco Snackmaster Pro is a powerful drying system that takes little time and produces evenly dehydrated foods.

For

  • You don't need to rotate racks during the dehydration process.

Against

  • This dehydrator comes with just five racks.
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It’s easy to dry fruit and a wide variety of foods using the Nesco food dehydrator.

It’s easy to dry fruit and a wide variety of foods using the Nesco food dehydrator.
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The five included dehydrating trays hold quite a bit of food even though the Nesco food dehydrator is a compact machine.

The five included dehydrating trays hold quite a bit of food even though the Nesco food dehydrator is a compact machine.
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Once you’ve prepared food for dehydration, you can expect to get results in just hours using this Nesco model.

Once you’ve prepared food for dehydration, you can expect to get results in just hours using this Nesco model.
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The nicely vented trays inside the Nesco FD-75A Food Dehydrator ensure good air flow within the device.

The nicely vented trays inside the Nesco FD-75A Food Dehydrator ensure good air flow within the device.
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You can mix various foods on different trays with the Nesco without worrying about any off-taste from flavors migrating from one food to another.

You can mix various foods on different trays with the Nesco without worrying about any off-taste from flavors migrating from one food to another.
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You can buy extra trays from Nesco to expand from the original five included in your purchase to 12.

You can buy extra trays from Nesco to expand from the original five included in your purchase to 12.
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You don’t have to rotate trays with this Nesco food dehydrator, which means you can set it and go about other tasks.

You don’t have to rotate trays with this Nesco food dehydrator, which means you can set it and go about other tasks.
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You can save enormously on your grocery bill by using the Nesco food dehydrator to preserve food.

You can save enormously on your grocery bill by using the Nesco food dehydrator to preserve food.
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With the Nesco food dehydrator, buying food on sale and making such things as tasty and additive-free banana chips is economical and healthy.

With the Nesco food dehydrator, buying food on sale and making such things as tasty and additive-free banana chips is economical and healthy.
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You can dehydrate a wide range of foods with this Nesco unit.

You can dehydrate a wide range of foods with this Nesco unit.
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It doesn’t take long to dry strawberries with this Nesco machine.

It doesn’t take long to dry strawberries with this Nesco machine.
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Banana slices are easy to dehydrate with the Nesco food dehydrator.

Banana slices are easy to dehydrate with the Nesco food dehydrator.
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You can make good-tasting dried apple slices for snacks with this Nesco model.

You can make good-tasting dried apple slices for snacks with this Nesco model.
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The Nesco food dehydrator can benefit your health and your pocketbook by helping you preserve fresh foods.

The Nesco food dehydrator can benefit your health and your pocketbook by helping you preserve fresh foods.
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This Nesco food dehydrator has its motor and fan mounted on the top, which sends the air downward and circulates it evenly.

This Nesco food dehydrator has its motor and fan mounted on the top, which sends the air downward and circulates it evenly.
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Food that you dehydrate with the Nesco food dehydrator will keep a long time.

Food that you dehydrate with the Nesco food dehydrator will keep a long time.
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You can set temperatures using the dial control knob on top of this Nesco food dehydrator, and there are helpful recommended temperatures for various foods listed there.

You can set temperatures using the dial control knob on top of this Nesco food dehydrator, and there are helpful recommended temperatures for various foods listed there.
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This Nesco dehydrator comes with two mesh screens to help with small pieces of food, and a smooth sheet to help you make things like fruit leather.

This Nesco dehydrator comes with two mesh screens to help with small pieces of food, and a smooth sheet to help you make things like fruit leather.
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We got great banana chips when we dried banana slices with the Nesco.

We got great banana chips when we dried banana slices with the Nesco.

The Nesco Snackmaster Pro is part of the Nesco/American Harvest line of food dehydrators, and its all-around excellent performance makes it possible to dry fruits, vegetables and jerky in hours instead of days. Unlike most food dehydrators, the Snackmaster Pro circulates warm air evenly around the food to expedite the drying process.

For our tests, we used banana slices that ranged between 1/8 and 1/4 inches thick, dehydrated at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for six hours. They dried evenly and well, and we got good texture and taste.

The Snackmaster Pro features an adjustable thermostat that lets you dry foods at different temperatures between 95 degrees and 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The dehydrator comes with five trays that are 13 1/2 inches in diameter. You can expand the unit to 12 trays if you're willing to buy those additional trays. Expanding the dehydrator's capacity and adding trays makes space for drying larger quantities of food at one time, which is great if your garden flourished more than expected or things went well during hunting season. If you need a unit that makes even larger quantities, consider Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrator.

The top-mounted fan and 600 watts of power assist in the drying process and keep liquids from dripping into the heat chamber. Flavors won’t mix because of this, which lets you dry different kinds of foods at the same time with no fear that anything will emerge with an off taste. There also is no need to move or rotate trays. You can easily clean the trays with warm, soapy water or on the top rack of the dishwasher.

Since food drying is a great way to preserve fruit, vegetables, herbs and animal proteins, the opaque exterior of this device helps block light. This helps the food you are dehydrating retain more nutrients during the drying process. With this model, you get a 52-page recipe book that also includes clearly written instructions. When you buy this machine, you also get two flexible screens for dehydrating sticky food thoroughly as well as two fruit roll sheets which help dry semi-liquids.

The Nesco Snackmaster Pro also comes with one packet of Original Jerky Spice to get you started if you haven't tried making jerky before, and you also have the option to purchase jerky kits or seasoning packets for beef or venison jerky. If you can't decide among the different flavors that Nesco offers, there is a "variety pack" you can try. Nesco also sells two food dehydrating cookbooks.

The Snackmaster Pro can help you save time as well as save money on your grocery bill. Like all name-brand dehydrators, the Snackmaster Pro's user manual notes that you might need to vary the length of time to dry food, depending on the amount and type of food being dried and many factors regarding how it was grown.