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Old 11-10-2007, 01:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I hope this isn't OT for TAO...but I am buying one today, so kind'a want a lot of replies more quickly.

Anyhow, want one. Mainly for making fruit leathers...but for other stuff too. I asked a friend this morning & she has a Nesco & says it's the best one out there.

Anyone have any recommendations or input?

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I have an old one that I got at the salvo for $1.99. It works great. Weston, I think...probably not much help.
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I have a Ronco infomercial dealy. I bought it this summer super cheap at Big Lots! and used it to dry a bajillion tomatoes a few weeks back, and before that for apples (yummmmm). My goal for the next year is to dehydrate seasonal veggies and fruits for use off season, but I didn't get as much dehydrated as I'd hoped this year. It's worked fine, though.
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Thanks guys!
I'm wondering if the cheaper brands work the same or if I should get one of the pricier ones.
It seems they'd all get the job done, but alot of the reviews of the cheaper ones aren't so good. (Such as taking over a day to make the fruit leathers.)

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I have the round-looking one that's sold at WalMart (but mine is ancient, it's from DH's grandma I think). I've only ever made beef jerky in it It seems to work really fast!
Sometimes I use the plastic mesh trays to cool cookies on too, lol
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Our oven has a "drying" button on it .. there is a little fan @ the back.
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Our oven has a "drying" button on it .. there is a little fan @ the back.
My next oven will have one of those fans!!!!!!
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We have a nesco that we got for Christmas a couple of years ago and I absolutely love it. Ours has the heat only coming from the top, but the newer ones I have seen have the heat from the top and bottom. I don't know if it makes it work any better or not. We just rotate the trays on ours, but that's more because when we make beef jerky, we get impatient .

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I have the Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster 1010 - I lurve it. I chose it over the Excalibur because the Exc. has polycarbonate trays & I try to stay away from it as much as possible. Nesco uses ABS plastic.

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I have the Nesco FD-50 (http://www.amazon.com/Nesco-American.../dp/B00004W4V4) I bought it with great intentions but sadly my kids just don't like dried fruit. It worked quickly and easy to clean - interested in buying mine? I think I paid $50.
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