Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express 6 Tray Food Dehydrator
- Product Review (submitted on January 9, 2012):
I love Beef Jerky! I sometimes go thru a bag a day, which can get kinda expensive. Also the store bought stuff is tough sometimes, and different brands vary greatly in quality. Frankly, some are down right awful.
I borrowed a dehydrator from a friend and made 2 batches. The first batch tasted very good, but they came out like little sticks of wood. The 2nd was much much better, but it was a lot of work as the unit had a bottom heating coil, and no fan/force air. I had to turn and rotate and pull meat off at different stages. Still it was a huge success and it let me know that Beef Jerky ala a dehydrator was the answer.
After a few days of research, I settled on this make and model because of the top heat and fan blower feature.
I've spent several days now making about 8 to 10 lbs of Jerky. Mesquite Jerky, Dry Rub Jerky (several of these), Honey Teriyaki Chicken and Beef Jerky, Pepper Jerky, Hawaiian Jerky, etc.
The fan really speeds up the process. 2 lbs of meat fills 3 racks, and is complete in 3-5 hours.
A tip: If you try some liquid smoke a little bit goes a long long way. For marination, add 50% water to cut down on the wet feel of jerky if you like your jerky to be soft and easy to chew.
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