Fried food is now enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults, therefore it is important that a food dehydrator was placed in your kitchen. To accommodate the need for fried food, Nesco, a well-known food dryer manufacturer launch a new model Nesco FD-1040 Food Dehydrator. Home–made fried food will be easier when using this new machine, and for who has a huge demand for fried food, this drying machine may be a great option.
This machine is a top-mounted fan dryer, this design prevented the drying food from falling onto the fan blades. Cleaning is not such an easy chore with a bottom-mounted fan drying machine, however with a device like FD-1040, it is not be a trouble. The added 4,5 inches fan rotates at a speed at 2400 round-per-minute and, including a powerful 1000 watts wattage, this made your food available in a fastest way.
The machine also comes with patented Converga-Flow airflow technology. Nesco states it flows the heated airflow with the effect of pressure down the exterior chamber, then spreads across every single tray. As a result, it makes food drying process faster and you don’t need to shuffle or rotate trays. The manufacturer also said that flavor would not be mixed in drying process, thanks to their patented technology.
In our experiment, if you stacked too many trays (this product may adapt up to 20 trays), it is possible to shuffle the trays once or twice. Because the closest trays will be dried faster than those further. Furthermore, compared with expensive machine our drying time was not too impressive but acceptable. We needed around 5 hours for apple and pineapple to be dried.
Pros and Cons
Pros: Designed with circular shape, the unit definitely saves counter space. With 4 trays standard, the Nesco FD-1040 can be expanded up to 20 trays. That’s huge number that you can reach so far. Trays also are easy to clean up. Top-mounted fan prevents drippings from wet foods, but with Converga-flow air system, the air flow still get through horizontally, helping foods dry evenly and still no need to rotate trays. It’s more convenient than some units in market now. Like products above, the unit can be used with many different kinds of foods. A plus points of the product is that it has timer up to 48 hours. Now you can read book or watch TV comfort without worry.
Cons: Yes, the Nesco FD-1040 may annoying you some time with its noise. Drying foods quickly, same time, means that fan has to work with full of effort. Besides, don’t be so glad if you put more than 10 trays on this products. Even though it’s expanded to 20 trays, the number of tray influences to quality of foods, air isn’t at the same temperature when it comes from top to bottom. With some additional features, the unit is undoubtedly more expensive than some products.
Consumers who need lots of dried food definitely love this machine so much, it can accommodate up to 20 trays at a time. Tray size is 15 ½ inches in diameter with 1 square feet per tray. This is also convenient that fried food can be preserved for such a long time, only 1-time preparing will meet your need in all week.
However, remember that this dryer comes up with only 4 trays, an extra money for extra trays will be needed of you want to expand more drying space. Expanding to about 10 trays is enough for regular consumers.
This machine comes with a digital timer, a lack of many budget food dryers on the market which is a feature that usually found in some high – end level drying machines. The digital timer let you program the appropriate time up to 48 hours, so you can choose the right time to turn off without always keeping an eye on the process.
The adjustable thermostat is important for this product, fortunately it is also built in the machine. Depends on what to dry, you can choose the temperature between 90 and 160 Fahrenheit degrees. Wide range temperature allows to dry various food, including jerky or herbs, making fried food is no more easy. However, some users said that it is not accurate, the real temperature didn’t reach to the high level as they wanted. Consequently, you may have to choose a higher temperature than your desire in order to get a good effect on food.
Since it is a top – mounted fan dryer, cleaning is not a difficulty. Using accessories while drying may also lessen the risk of making dirty. Regular cleaning with scouring pad and washing – up liquid will easily clean all junk.
The model included a Vita-Save Exterior that blocks the harmful lights because these lights will badly affect the nutrional values of the food. The add-on preserves vitamins and minerals in food during dehydrating process.
Customers will get some valuable attachments while purchasing this product, including no spill fruit roll sheets (preventing spilling food while drying), Flexible Clean-A-Screen (using while drying small food like spices or herbs). These things will help you much in cleaning this machine.
Nesco FD-1040 has a powerful heating system, with 1000 watts motor, 2400 RPM fan and Nesco’s patented Converga-Flow technology, your food will be available in only a few hours. An expandable drying space up to 20 trays makes this model as a very good choice, but you need to pay to make the best use. Controlling the machine is also easy, especially the built-in timer which hardly found on a budget product. Despite some inconvenience, this model is still a good choice for a mid-range dehydrator.