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Nesco Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator Review and #Giveaway

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        I love to cook.  That should be fairly obvious at this point in our blogging relationship.  I love to eat as well especially when it is something made from scratch.  As you also know I hate to waste anything!  I try to waste as little as possible when cooking and utilize the scraps in my compost or in any other way I can think of.

FD-1040 Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator
        For the last ten years at least I have thought about getting a dehydrator to use in my kitchen.  I figure it would be one of the more frequently used items in my home.  When the company Nesco agreed to work with me on completing a review of one of their dehydrators I was pretty pumped.  I was send over their Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator.

        Now this is the queen of dehydrators as not only is this one expandable to 20 trays but it has a Digitally Controlled top unit fan.   Having the fan on top helps keep liquids from dripping into the heater chamber.  Because this dehydrator has a 2,400 RPM motor, it is able to dry 4x faster than other dryers.

        "Patented Converga-Flow® forces heated air down the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray, converging in the center, for fast, even and nutritious drying."  And with "1000 watts drying power means you can dry more, faster. No flavor mixing! No need for tray rotation."

        I personally love the adjustable thermostat with the digital timer.  This way I can dehydrate a variety of items from the herbs from my garden to the abundance of fruits I buy at the farmers markets to savory jerky for my husband and boys!

        With a Vita-Save® Exterior, light in blocked "to retain more of the food's nutrients and vitamins during the drying process." Several accessories are included with this dehydrator including No-Spill Fruit Roll Sheet, Clean-A-Screen®, Jerky Spice Packet and Cure.

        One of the things I love to do with things like apple skins and orange peels, is dry them out to make potpourri!  This has become a much easier and quicker process not to mention it uses less energy than trying to run my oven for hours!  My children also love dried fruit chips and this is a much healthier way for my children to enjoy the snacks they love!

Available to purchase/Cost:  $169 Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator 
Recommendation:  Get one!  Nesco has all sorts of high quality appliances for the everyday home and all at reasonable prices.  This dehydrator is great especially for those who garden or possibly hunt!
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Giveaway:  Nesco is going to give one of A Lucky Ladybug's lucky readers a Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator of their own!
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74 comments:

  1. I wanna win this so I can make Beef Jerkey :)

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  2. I would love to dehydrate things like shallots when they are in season then keep them in lovely little jars!
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  3. The links to the FB follows goes to a "sorry this page does not exist" error

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  4. I am not a fan of deer meat...but I can tolerate it if it is done in a jerky fashion..so this would be an answer to my prayers!

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  5. I hope I win this dehydration unit. I throw to much fruit and veggies away in the summer. If I had this, I could have fruit & veggies all winter. This would be put to good use if I win.

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  6. I have been wanting to make dried fruit - especially berries!

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  7. This does seem to be one of the better dehydrators. I love the fan on top as well as the adjustable thermostat with timer.

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  8. I will use it for dehydrating fruits and veggies especially berries

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  9. fb follows #2 not working says page does not exist thanks

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  10. I'd love to use this to make flaxseed crackers!

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  11. I really like that it has a digital timer and that you can dry more faster, very nice

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  12. I have wanted a dehydrator for year. And potpourri had not even crossed my mind, so thanks for mentioning that in your review. I would probably be making jerky in mine 24/7, lol. I think it would be fabulous to own one of these so I could make jerky, dried fruits, etc for Christmas gifts.

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  13. my dad brother cousins uncles and all hunters would love this to make jerky from the deer and everything else they hunt. I love that it stacks to 20 trays.

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  14. We have a very large garden that we plant every year. I have been canning and freezing. I would also love to be able to dehydrate some of our garden produce along with some venison.

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  15. I think this is fantastic! I think what you said about waste is so important and true. I have purchased fruit, bananas for instance, that ripen much quicker than I expected and this would be ideal to use. Food prices are only going up and I would love to preserve some long lasting staples.

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  16. I love to dehydrate when we moved the last time mine disappeared and oh how I miss it. I make jerky, fruit leathers, dried fruit, dried tomatoes and I give them out for Christmas and they all love them. I love to be able to use my garden in different ways.

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  17. I like that you can dry so much faster than other driers. I have so many ideas of what to dry and a great fruit mix in my mind.

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  18. I'd love to use this to make sweet potato chips!

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  19. I want this dehydrator so bad! The main thing I would dehydrate would be deer meat and turkey meat. I would also love to dehydrate tomatoes, herbs and apples etc. My kids love jerky and I love to dehydrate my own herbs to cook with. Thank you for the chance to win this dehydrator.

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  20. I would use it to make apple, banana , strawberry chips



    Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)

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  21. Looking forward to make dehydrated fruit and veggies for the kids snacks and dehydrated jerky for our cats. This model was recommended to us for being practical, quiet and versatile. Thanks for this fabulous giveaway.

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  22. I'd love to use this to make some raw foods!

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  23. This looks great. I would make the fruit.

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  24. I love gardening and preserving food and have been wanting a new dehydrator! I would love to use it for drying apples, blueberries, peppers, and hopefully herbs! =)
    (Graceful Homemaker)

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  25. I would love to have this to dehydrate fresh tomatoes for sauces and bananas for chips. I'd try other fruits and veggies as well.

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  26. I have always wanted a deyhdrator and after reading this review, this sounds like a perfect one for me. I love how the dehydrator's temp can be controlled depending on the food being dehydrated!

    Barrie

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  27. I have always wanted a deyhdrator and after reading this review, this sounds like a perfect one for me. I love how the dehydrator's temp can be controlled depending on the food being dehydrated!

    Barrie

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  28. I would love to dehydrate veggies I grow and make jerky for my pets. This dehydrator would be perfect for that.

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  29. This would be great for making veggie chips!

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  30. I love this dehydrator! I would love to dehydrate my fresh garden veggies and I have apple and pear trees that are loaded with fruit.

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  31. We hate to waste food here as well. I can see using this appliance to avoid losing excess veggies and fruits before they go bad.

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  32. I love to dry tomatoes and almost all fruits. So much better than anything you can buy

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  33. I had a dehydrator about 20 years ago and used it all the time. Loved being able to make dried fruit and veggies. It also makes good jerky. I would love to have a new one.

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  34. I've been wanting a dehydrator for a while now! This would be great for making raw foods!

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  35. I like the idea of no tray rotation. Sounds like the queen of dehydrators, indeed :)

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  36. This is going to make harvest season from the garden so much easier.

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  37. I would use it to dry fruits and make beef jerky.

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  38. I have been wanting a food dehydrator for awhile because I have been wanting to dehydrate fruit to have as a healthier snack alternative to candy bars and other unhealthy snacks.

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  39. I have been wanting a food dehydrator for awhile now so I can dry fruit to make healthier snack choices.

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  40. I'm currently pregnant and want nothing but gummy bears and potato chips. I'd like to be able to dehydrate fruits and veggies instead to begin a healthier life day by day with this little one. :)

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  41. I'm currently pregnant and have been really focusing on starting a healthy lifestyle for my little one from the get go. I'm currently craving gummy bears and potato chips, and if I can learn to dehydrate fruits and veggies instead to be my snack, it'll be a great first start to a healthy family lifestyle. :)

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  42. What a great idea to make potpourri with citrus peel! I can already smell it. When I was a kid we used to put fresh clementine peel on our heater which was a large stove -- I doubt they make those anymore -- what a great smell.

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  43. This looks like a high quality product. I would love to dry fruits in this!

    Angela Rhodes Ingles
    nofearpapertiger AT Gmail.com

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  44. i would love this. over the last few years my garden has grown to healthy 25'x50', plus strawberry patch and fruit bushes. I have learned to can the produce for preserving. I think it would be great to learn to dehydrate to preserve fruits , veggies and even meat! The more I can do at home, the better of my family will be

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  45. I have an older model of this one, and it still works great. I use it for many things, including making organic fruit leather for my grandsons, but the most common way I use it is to make chicken breast jerky treats for our pets. I just slice thawed breasts and dry them, then keep them in the freezer in a zipper bag. Freezing isn't required for dried foods, but that way there is no chance of mold and the meat is still very fresh tasting for the ferrets, cat and dogs. No worries here about all the poisoning problems in dog and cat treats we read about in the paper regularly.

    I haven't tried jerky for humans in this one because I also have a large dryer, but I'm sure it would work fine.

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  46. Forgot to add, kale chips and zucchini chips are healthy and went over big with the grandboys. Add a little sea salt to make them taste great!

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  47. I would love to dry fruit, garlic, onions, and meat. I have looked at various dehydrators and into making my own, but winning this would make the decision for me!

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  48. This dehydrator is deluxe! I am amazed at all of the bells and whistles, particularly the fact that it makes dehydrating food so easy and trouble free! The digital fan control and trays that don't have to be rotated, combined with the speed at which things get done, makes it fun and easy to try dehydrating all kinds of things.

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  49. I had a food dehydrator, but it didn't have a digitally controlled top unit fan. Actually it didn't have a fan at all. When Nesco included the fan on their Nesco Gardenmaster Digital Pro it made me a fan. I know that anything that I would dehydrate would be much appreciated by my family & easier for me to do thanks to this innovation.

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  50. I love this dehydrator.I love the Digitally Controlled top unit fan.There are so many fruits and veggies I could dehydrate to preserve in my garden.

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  51. It would be nice to be able to do something other than freeze and can all the berries and fruits from my garden. I love adding dried fruits to my oatmeal, yogurt and cereal and knowing where they came from and how they were made is much better than wondering about hidden sugars in the stuff from the store.

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  52. I love that this has a timer. I actually have a dehydrator now, and I love it, but I have to time it to make sure that I don't have to wake up in the middle of the night to turn it off!

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  53. My whole family would love it. My son is Diabetic type 1 and has Celiacs can not eat gluten so all natural whole food are the best for him to eat so this helps so much in making him food that he would enjoy.

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  54. I would love to try my hand at making beef jerky with the dehydrator --- yum! ;-)

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  55. This dehydrator sounds like a great product for a great price. I really want to try making my own beef jerky (or turkey or chicken) --- bet it would taste delish!

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  56. I have been wanting to get a dehydrator. We have a very large garden and I would love to dehydrate some of our veggies. We are avid hunters and making some jerky from our venison would great too.

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  57. This dehydrator looks it's of real high quality -- a lot of the ones you see at Wal-Mart are kind of cheapsy -- this one looks like it would last a long time.

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  58. My kids LOVE dried fruit, but it gets EXPENSIVE at the grocery store. I would love to be able to make it in my own kitchen :)

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  59. This is great, I like that its expandable. You can do a lot of dehydrating and not have to spend even more time with batches of food.

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  60. I am so excited to think about all the different things I would make with a new dehydrator. I lost mine in the last move think the ex threw it away. I would have lots of fun with this so would my daughter. We love to make and give away homemade gifts and food they always go over well thanks

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  61. I appreciate how it retains more of the vitamins and minerals due to light in blocked during the drying phases.Love the different levels and the ability to dry different things.

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  62. I would love the Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator my son can only eat gluten free so taking fruits and veggies from our garden and drying them would be great. Looks like you can do a large batch at a time and jerky is our favorite too.

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  63. I use my old dehydrator to make chicken jerky for our pets. I have read about all the dogs and cats that have died from eating snacks made in China. This way I know exactly what they are getting. And the dried chicken addition to their diet has improved the health of our ferrets greatly.

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  64. Dried fruit for homemade trail mix/snacks

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  65. My sister in law wanted one of these for her wedding. She didn't get it. I would love to be able to give this to her! Especially since this one is really nice.

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  66. This is a super nice dehydrator. I have always wanted to try doing it as it is great way to preserve food

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  67. I have always wanted a dehydrator, this one sounds great. There are so many things you can make in it. Hubby would love homemade jerky.

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  68. This would be great to have. I've never had one, but have always wanted to. So many things you can do with it, and all of it natural.

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  69. I always plant a garden have too much tomatoes and they end up going bad. I make my own salsa, my own spaghetti sauce but would love to try something else. I saw this giveaway for the Nesco Gardenmaster and thought it would be great for drying tomatoes out and using for on top of bread or in recipes that call for sun dried tomatoes.

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  70. I'd love to win this dehydrator --- I've always wanted to make beef jerky and also to dehydrate some fruit (like apricots)...good luck to everyone!

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  71. This dehydrator looks very nice. Thanks for the interesting and informative review!

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  72. Oh my! I'm so grateful. I just sent you my information.

    No more waste, healthy snacks and even potpourri! I can't wait to see what else I can make with it.

    Thank you for this great giveaway. I'm so excited! :)

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  73. Oh my! I am so grateful. I just sent you my information.

    No more waste in this house! I can't wait to make jerky for us all and our pets, healthy fruit and veggie snacks and even potpourri!

    Thank you for this great giveaway! :)

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