Open Country® 7-Tray Food Dehydrator
Excellent for the money
Bought this to help fight the high cost of store bought jerky. After two weeks use, it's paid for itself. For plastic, it's well made, easy to use and easy to clean. Would recommend to anyone. Dried fruit is awesome, will try the fruit roll up recipe soon.
August 31, 2012
WELL WORTH IT!
I initially thought this dehydrator was a bit expensive, but quickly changed my mind. It has saved us a TON of money in wasted food & electric bills. We've had it for 6 mos, & it has never disappointed me. A couple of times a week, I clean out the fridge and dehydrate any fruit, veggies, herbs, or meat that may go bad. We've dehydrated virtually every fruit and veggie you can image, which have made great lunchbox snacks, camping meals, and quick fix ingredients for family dinners. We store in mason jars, which look nice on the kitchen shelves, and make it easy to grab a jar and dump a bit into anything I'm cooking without the added time of chopping or prepping fresh. Our favorite trick is to throw in whole peas/beans from the garden in the shell, then crumble away the shells when done. SO much faster & easier than shelling them fresh. This thing is SUPER easy to use, and with a little cooking spray, cleanup is a snap. Since it heats from the top, I try to put all the wet or messy items near the bottom, meaning only a couple of trays get icky to begin with. Love that I don't have to rotate trays, and the lower temp makes me feel safer about leaving it running all night. As an added bonus, it doesn't heat up the house as badly as the oven would, In summer months, I can just add water or broth & pasta or rice to the meat and veggies, let it all soak for a while, and microwave for a quick/tasy meal. It has become a kitchen essential for me. Next, I'm ordering the optional fruit roll trays for making sauce powders and fruit rollups. My chief complaint is that it is BIG. It takes up 1/2 my counter when in use, and requires most of a cabinet to store when not in use. It's very lightweight, but bulky. Just need to find a better place/way to store the racks. Maybe cuphooks inside the cabinet doors? I would buy a second if I had counter/storage space for it.
June 2, 2012
PRODUCT MET OUR NEEDS
HAVING BEEN TOLD BY OUR VET THAT WE WERE TO FEED OUR DOG DRIED FRUITS, VEGS AND MEATS, I WASN'T SURE HOW THIS WOULD WORK SO I ORDERED THIS DEHYDRATOR. HAVING ONLY ONE TEMPERATURE IT DOES TAKE A LONG TIME TO ARRIVE AT THE DESIRED CRIPNESS BUT PRODUCES A PRODUCT THAT THE VET COMPARES TO THE PRODUCTS SHE ORDERS. I MAY ORDER A STRONGER ONE AT A LATER DATE BUT THIS ONE IS GREAT FOR THE PRESENT..
May 29, 2012
Been making jerky every almost week. It's great for my family as we've been enjoying fresh jerky. Can never keep enough around.
April 10, 2012