I could not find anywhere that sells beef jerky that's gluten-free (no soy sauce). The ones that are gluten-free have sugars and don't taste very good. So, I'd like to try making jerky and dried fruits at home. Thank you.
Nesco FD-75PR 700-Watt Food Dehydrator is compact, powerful, and recommended by Kevin Kelly at Cool Tools: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/004590.php
and has almost 300 positive recommendations on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Nesco-FD-75PR-700-Watt-Food-Dehydrator/dp/B000FFVJ3C
Don't have one yet but it is on my wishlist!
I use Lex Rooker's device. It's inexpensive to make (although maybe a little more than the advertised $10) and run, silent, and works perfectly. I haven't tried the screens for fruit, but that looks easy, too.
I have an Excaliber and I just love it. It has 9 shelves and the heating element and fan are at the back so there is no need to rotate the shelves if you don't want to. Plus, it has a thermostat that's adjustable from 85 degrees up to 145 degrees so its useful for making everything from yogurt to beef jerky. Oh, and I've had it for about 10 years and its still going strong...all-in-all great purchase.
The NESCO brand is probably your best bet. You can get extra trays to double your drying space. I like to rotate the trays about every hour for an even dry. One thing to remember about drying fruits; cover them with a light coating of lemon juice, it acts as a natural preservative.
You can also get Gluten-free Grass-fed Beef Jerky here: www.nomadjerky.com
1) What's your budget. 2) How much space do you have to spare. 3) What's your timeframe for drying. 4) How much hassle do you want to do with it?
Personally, starting off, I'd go with what Ambimorph has or the Alton Brown setup. If you've got a big family and want to go whole hog on it, get the more expensive ones. I'd stay away from the Ronco types. Fragile and noisy.
My next kitchen appliance will be a dehydrator. I always thought store bought jerky was good stuff until I read the label and found it contained a whole bunch of crap. I can't wait to dive into the world of making my own beef jerky!
I've seen the Nesco brand recommended at a few sites.
hey guys I'm looking for a little help before I purchase a dehydrator. I've ever dried food before or done jerky or anything but I want to get into it. I've been looking around for dehydrators and I'm leaning towards the nesco american harvest FD-37 that I found on this site best dehydrators and i'm curious what you guys think of nesco dehydrators or if you have suggestions of other brands I should consider? Any help would be great before I make a purchase, thanks guys.