Save your produce with dehydration

The Nesco Gardenmaster Dehydrator makes it easy for anyone to preserve fruits and vegetables.

No more wasted food. Chef's Catalog

Shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables has a knack to make our shopping bags look bigger than our recipes; it's not hard to buy too much food when it looks so good. Problem is, then we are left with more produce than we can eat before it goes bad. Preserving this overabundance of fruits and vegetables can be achieved by canning, freezing, pickling, or drying (salting, not so much). In the case of dehydration, you are either going to need to construct a dehydrator, or pick up a commercial model.

The Nesco Gardenmaster Dehydrator is a spacious, fast-drying countertop machine that makes it easy to preserve fruits and vegetables. The 1,000-watt machine circulates heated air via a 2,400 rpm fan. Four trays are included, and they each have an area of 1 square foot. The unit is expandable up to 20 trays, while drying pressure is automatically adjusted. The fast-drying machine also provides an adjustable temperature control for consistent results.

With the ability to make jerky in 4 hours, apples in 5, and bananas in 6, the dehydrator makes it easy to enjoy the process. The trays and base are all dishwasher-safe, so little effort is required for well-organized cleanup. Most importantly, with an efficient drying system set up on the kitchen counter, it will be easy to keep your produce long enough to not be wasted.

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