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Make your own beef jerky, trail snacks, or soup mixes easily with the Open Country® 500 Watt Dehydrator with Jerky Kit. This easy-to-use machine uses Open Country's patented Converga-Flow® design to distribute pressurized heat throughout the trays, for fast, even drying from top to bottom without rotating trays, like you have to do with many other styles of dehydrators. The adjustable thermostat allows you to select dehydrating temperatures from 95º to 155º to handle a wide range of foods. VitaSave exterior retains vital nutrients. Includes four trays, two screens, two fruit roll sheets, large jerky gun with three tips, jerky spice and cure seasonings, and instruction/recipe book. Great for hunters, backpackers, campers, or any other outdoors enthusiasts. Made in USA.
Manufacturer model #: FD-62BJX.
Easy-to-use, 500 watt dehydrator
Coverga-Flow design distributes heat evenly - no need to rotate trays
Adjustable thermostat - 95º to 155º
Comes with four trays, two screens, two fruit roll sheets, and instruction/recipe book
Jerky kit includes large gun with three tips and jerky spice and cure seasonings
Open Country® 500 Watt Dehydrator with Jerky Kit
My grandpa got this for me to make him beef jerky cause the stuff you buy has to much spices in it for him. I figured it would be difficult to make beef jerky but it's not. This system is really simple to use. We also started making some plain jerky to use as dog treats. I don't know about other people and their dogs but mine love it. Just use some lean ground round throw it in the jerky gun and lay it on the racks and your done.
March 4, 2012
First Dehydrator I have owned and very impressed!
Made two batches of jerky so far and love it.
December 6, 2011
Anyone can use it
My wife bought this for me for Christmas, now i have never made homemade jerky but i buy everytime im in the store. Let me just say YUMMM!! I sliced up some london broil and some sirloin and it has to be the best jerky ever...better than the most popular name brands in the store. I use ghost pepper sauce with mine cuz i like it HOT! Its just so easy to use i cant believe it took me this long to get one, i had thought before that jerky was hard to make and time consuming...not at all what i thought, with this dehydrator it doesnt take 15-20hrs it only takes a few hours. Would highly recommend to anyone. Nothing like having a peice of fresh jerky in one hand and an ice cold beer in the other while looking up at your rod tip waiting for a bite!!!!!!
September 24, 2011
Just ran my first batch of london broil through the dehydrator. I marinated @ two pounds for 24 hours in the refrigerator after slicing to a thickness of about 1/8". The directions said to use all trays (4)when you use your dehydrator. This first batch filled up two trays, so had two trays dormant. Seems like each tray will accomodate about a pound of meat. Set the machine on the highest setting and dehydrated for about 4 & 1/2 hours. Jerky was just a little too dryed out. Next time will fill all trays, about 4 pounds of meat after marinating over-night. Jerky was still very good and I am enjoying my new appliance. Clean up consisted of soaking in deep sink (soap & water) then cleaning with brush. I would recommend this product to friends.
August 9, 2011
No shutoff. Totally up to you to check it and flip the off switch when it's done. It's made this way so you can dry anything you want as long as you want. I like to turn veggies, herbs, and meats to dust in it. Then I crumble/crush/pulverise it into boullion, sauce mix, and seasoning blends. It does SO much more than jerky. But it makes a great jerky too. It's about as loud as a hair dryer on low setting, so it's doubtful you'll forget it's on.
Yes. Just not for the "drying" cycle on the dishwasher. Excessive heat will warp the trays. If you coat the trayswith a tiny bit of cooking spray each time, they handwash in seconds They also make a special easy clean tray you can order extra for super sticky stuff like pineapples.
Your dehydrator trays are easy to clean. Simply soak trays in warm water with a mild detergent for several minutes. A soft-bristle brush will loosen food particles that resist softening by soaking. Don't clean any parts with scouring pads, abrasive cleaners, or sharp utensils, as they tend to damage the surface of the trays. Trays can be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher if you remove them before the drying cycle.
CAUTION: Always remove trays before the drying cycle begins on your dishwasher.
Totally depends on how you slice the meat, type of meat, etc. It comes standard w/ 7 trays. I can get about a 1/2 lb of beef on each tray, slices approx 1/4" thick. So I get 3 1/2-4 lbs of beef into a batch. Each batch takes 6-8 hrs, depending on wetness of marinate/dry rub and cut/fattiness of meat. You can order extra trays & stack as high as you want. (up to 30?) I'm sure that would require some rotating of trays and longer drying times. With 7 trays, no rotating is required if all cut the same
No. In fact, it's better to start with raw meat. Slice raw meat 1/4 - 1/2" thick. Marinate or dry rub and lay on the trays. In 6-8 hrs, you'll have jerky. Semi frozen meat slices best. If is recommended that you freeze pork or wild game below 0 degrees for 30 days before drying to be sure all parasites are dead. I've tried to jerky some steaks that were already marinated & grilled to a medium rare, and they just did not have the same robust flavor as when starting with raw meat. It also seems to have overdried to a very flaky/crumbly texture.
Same tray. Any veggie you want to dry on it. They make a couple of other trays for easy cleanup of sticky items like pineapple and for making fruit rollups or sauce powders. One of these may be nice for tiny herbs or something that may otherwise fall thru the mesh of the regular rack. But I have never had any problems doing any type of veggie or herbs on the regular racks.
Yes it can, it comes with thin plastic sheets that i think might be for that but im not sure. The very colorful diretions that come with it show dehydrating veggies, fruits, seafood, and of course meats and shows you how to do it all. Great investment!!
Yes. It heats from the top down to the bottom with an air forced heater. All of the racks are made of a plastic mesh so that the air circulated totally around the entire unit. I find it cook very evenly across all 7 of the racks it comes with.
Yes, with no problems. As high as you want to stack it. (manual says to to 30 trays). Keep in mind that it heats from the top/down. The more trays you add, the longer the bottom trays take to dry. Depending on what you are drying, how it's sliced, and where/how it's placed on the racks, some rotating of trays or sooner removal of entire trays may be needed to get your desired result. This things is so lightweight and easy to use, that tray checking and rotation if required really is a breeze.
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