Monday, February 11, 2013

Nesco Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator Review and Giveaway!!


I have been on the hunt for a food dehydrator for over a year now. I have researched online and asked friends who own different models.  I wanted to know the pros and cons of what they tried and even joined some Facebook pages to learn more about this new (to me) art of food preservation. So, I was very excited when Nesco allowed me the privilege of reviewing their Gardenmaster Digital Pro dehydrator.

The Gardenmaster Digital Pro comes with 4 trays but is expandable up to 20 trays! It has digital temperature and timer controls, a handy temperature guide, 1000 watts of drying power and fan pressure that will automatically adjust depending on the number of trays you are using. This dehydrator has all the important features I had been looking for!

Gardenmaster Digital Pro

As soon my dehydrator arrived I couldn't wait to open it and get started.  I had been stocking up on foods to use from the time I knew it was coming and had a freezer shelf full of veggies & fruits.  Before I got started, I first read the recipe and drying guide that came with the machine and found it to be very informative.




Nesco sent me one of their Clean A Screen for small food items.  Things get a lot smaller when they dehydrate so foods such as corn and peas do much better on the screen. This worked great for my black eye peas. Frozen and fresh veggies are so simple to dehydrate. I take them straight from the bag and onto the tray or screen, set the timer and temperature and walk away. Once these peas were done I stored them in a canning jar on my pantry shelf. They will now cook just like any other dried bean or pea. I will place them in a pot of boiling water and cook until tender. These are peas that we grew in our garden last year and I am so excited to have this for when I start harvesting this fall.




I also took some of the pumpkin puree I froze and dehydrated it using the Fruit Leather trays (for semi-liquids). Once the pumpkin was dehydrated I pulled it off the trays and stored it in the cabinet in pre-measured bags. Since I know that each bag started as 2 cups of pumpkin puree, I will place the dehydrated pieces into a bowl and pour 2 cups of hot water over them before use. Re-hydration usually takes about 20 minuted and then it's ready to add to your favorite recipes. Great way to use up pumpkin puree without taking up space in your freezer!




The fruit I dry is a favorite snack around here and I love to add it to my granola cereal as well. I have dried oranges, apples, and bananas. I have used my mother's dehydrator in the past to dry fruit without much luck. The fruit would never get hard and crunchy like most people like. With this Nesco, I was able to get the fruit nice and crisp within a few hours. Most fruits are dried on 135 degrees and the length of time really depends on your location, desire of crispness, and the weather you are having at that time. The Gardenmaster  has handled even these juicy, pre-frozen apples beautifully.




I am always amazed at how much things shrink once they are dehydrated. Look at the broccoli and cauliflower before (above) and then once it was finished and ready to store (below). After I had this broccoli dehydrated I crumbled it up super fine just using my hands (it was very brittle) and added it to some cheesy rice I was making. My kids still ate the rice because there were no big bites of veggie in it but I knew that they were still getting the health benefits. I didn't have to wait for frozen or fresh broccoli to cook, I just threw the flaked broccoli into the water with the rice. I love how dehydrating foods makes cooking healthy more convenient!




Dehydrating is a great way to store foods when you find a great sale, or when your garden is producing more than you can eat. It always makes for easy meal prep and is a safe way to store food long term. Dehydrated food is a great option if ever your family were to be faced with a long term power outage or a natural disaster. All you need is warm water (make a fire or use a camp stove to heat water) to be able to eat healthy, hot food even when the power is out.

I am just starting to play with this type of food storage, but I have already found there are so many options and ideas I had never even thought of. Did you know that you can make your own bouillon  or dehydrate cooked rice to make homemade instant rice,? And you can even dehydrate potatoes and grind them into flakes for all natural homemade instant potatoes?! The possibilities are endless! I can't wait to use this tool once my garden comes in this year.

If you are on a hunt for a great dehydrator, I think you will be quite pleased with the Nesco Gardenmaster Digtal Pro or any of the other food dehydrators Nesco has to offer.  To learn more about Nesco's other products, visit them at their website.  You can also find them on  Facebook,and YouTube.

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Nesco has graciously offered to give one of these awesome GardenMaster Digital Pro dehydrators to one Happily Domestic reader!! $169 Value!! *Comes with 4 regular trays, a screen for small items, a tray for fruit leather drying and a seasoning packet to make jerky.

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win this amazing tool.


Diclaimer - Nesco sent me this dehydrator free of charge in exchange for this review. All of these opinions are mine, I was not committed to write a favorable review. I received no other compensation for this review. I am disclosing this information in compliance with the FTC Regulations.

Written by Happily Domestic contributor - Amanda Sikes

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54 comments:

Alan & Michele said...

Would love to try their The Pet Treat maker too!

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

I would love to have the Pressure Cooker 6 Liter, 4 functions in 1 Unit(Digital Controls) from Nesco.

sonyamorris (Sonya Morris) said...

email is sonyadmorris@gmail.com

MeganYouHappyCrochet said...

Grip and Go Hand Blender-bobdela@hotmail.com

Stephanie Phelps said...

I would also love to have the 18 Qt. Roaster, N/S Cookwell - Ivory Body

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mummytotwoboys said...

Another great item is 6 Qt. Green/Gold Roaster with Porcelain Cookwell

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BethElderton said...

Id love to have the 5 Qt. Roaster, Porcelain - Red...and it's on sale!
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sunflowerally22 said...

i would love to have the 150 Watt Food Slicer to slice my own meats fro sandwiches!!!

allyson tice
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Lyn Mack said...

I think the portable induction cooktop would be awesome

Barker's Momma said...

I really like the 12 Qt. Conv. Roaster N/S-S/S Ext.
Item Number: 4842-2509-30PR.

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Gala said...

6 Qt. Green/Gold Roaster with Porcelain Cookwell

Anonymous said...

wow! this food dehydrator seems like dream!! Wouldn't mind having the 5 qt food streamer or tea maker as well! :) I loved your thorough review!
-alyson

Psalm 34:1 said...

I've been wanting a dehydrator! Thank you for offering the opportunity to win one! :)

I've also always wanted a Nesco Roaster Oven.

debbie said...

I would like to have their pet treat maker.

Sarah said...

I would also like their 380 Watt Food Grinder!

SolDucky said...

The 5 qt roaster oven!

Amanda said...

I'd love the 6 Quart Roaster Oven!
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Gayle said...

I have always wanted a pressure cooker. The NESCO® 4 Liter 4-in-1 Pressure Cooker would be a welcome addition to my kitchen and I love that it is equipped with built-in safety features that will not allow the cooker to open while under pressure.

Linda Kish said...

I would like the Jet Stream Oven w/Digital Timer

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Christy said...

I'd like to try the Jerky Works Kit

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Jennifer said...

I would love to own the 18 qt roaster!

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Andrea said...

I would love the 5 Qt BPA Free Food Steamer with Rice Bowl!
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jakiesmom said...

I LIKE THE LARGE FRUIT ROLL SHEET
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itsme said...

an 18 qt roaster oven

Jill Norris said...

I've been trying to get enough swagbucks to buy a Nesco food dehydrator! I have also wanted to try the 12 Qt. Conv. Roaster. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jennifer T. said...

I'd love the 6 Qt. Green/Gold Roaster with Porcelain Cookwell.
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One Southern Girl said...

I'd like to try their 18 Qt Roaster Stainless Steel Cookwell since we could cook enough for our family of eight and guests!

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Tj and Amy said...

I love the5 Qt. Roaster, Porcelain - Red
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Courtney B said...

i want the grip hand blender! mine just broke!

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Donna said...

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18 Quart Roaster Oven would be great

Kelly Tillotson said...

ive been wanting to buy an electric pressure cooker for awhile now, i might get theirs!
*kelly
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MrsScorziello said...

A pressure cooker for my hubby-- he's been dying for one!

Eileen said...

My husband would really like to have this meat grinder for venison!

http://www.nesco.com/products/Kitchen-Appliances/Electric-Food-Grinders/380-Watt-Food-Grinder-Model-FG-400PRP/session_00acd62ffd7b/

thanks!

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Deb said...

I sure would love to try the dehydrator. The rafflecopter form never came up for me.
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Hannah said...

I'd love to have the 150 lb digital scale!

Quiverfull Mama said...

I have always wanted a pressure cooker and the ones from Nesco look so nice! I would love to try one.
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Lori B said...

I would love to have the 6 Qt. Red Roaster, Glass Lid and Porcelain Cookwell

Danielle Bunting said...

Would love to get the

380 Watt Food Grinder (Model FG-400PRP)

soluna64@yahoo.com

Danielle Bunting said...

Would love to have the

380 Watt Food Grinder (Model FG-400PRP)

soluna64@yahoo dot com

EandLMom said...

"Grip 'n Go" Hand Blender Kit
Would be awesome

Carol C. said...

The dehydrator is something I would like to try....I have never dehydrated food before and would like to learn how to do that. The 6qt roaster is another one that I would like to try out. Thank you for offering a chance to win!

Deci Worland MacKinnon said...

I'd like to have the 6 Qt. Green/Gold Roaster with Porcelain Cookwell

christina/ohio said...

Their Portable Induction Cooktop looks wonderful as an extra burner.

kellyr78 said...

I like the 18 Qt Roaster, Porcelain Cookwell - Red Body Design
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Andrea Kruse said...

I would also love to own a Food Slicer 130 Watt

Christina Jones said...

The portable induction cooktop sounds pretty cool; I didn't know they made such a thing!

K said...

I like the pressure cooker as well.

Stacy H said...

the 6 qt roaster!!

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nici said...

The 12qt roaster looks nice

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Lsaysl said...

I would love to try their hand blender kit.

Anna Graves said...

I would love to try their Pressure Cooker 6 Liter, 4 functions in 1 Unit

annamie2 at hotmail dot com

Cassandra Eastman said...

I would love the

6 Qt. S/Steel Roaster, Glass Lid and Nescote® Non-Stick Cookwell!

sleepy headed mom said...

I would love to have the 5 Pc. Buffet Kit.

Melanie said...

I like the tea maker.
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