A food dehydrator is a pretty handy thing to have around in your kitchen for you’ll always have healthy, ready-to-eat options anytime you feel like snacking. You can make great tasting fruit and vegetable chips, dehydrate mushrooms to give food more flavor and even dry herbs to make your own spices. Doesn’t the thought of delicious, healthy and nutritious food throughout the year really perk you up? It’s possible only because of food dehydrators.
Dehydrators come in a variety of shapes and sizes and the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator is regarded as an entry-level model that’s pretty affordable. It’s small, compact and comfortable to use and what’s more can be expanded when there’s some extra stuff to dry. It’s light and relatively portable –can be easily stored as it doesn’t occupy too much of space. With nested trays and a place to store the electrical cord within the machine, you can tuck it away out of sight when not in use.
Given its price, one would tend to dismiss the Presto 06300, but for the novice and occasional user, it’s a great machine. Quality-wise, you can’t really complain and it’s generally considered to be a ‘good buy’ as it has been put together very well. With four stackable trays that are dishwasher safe and an option to expand to eight, it delivers great value.
A fan at the base of the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator supplies a vertical airflow while drying. This is considered by many to be an advantage as the flavors of food don’t mix. As drying begins from the base and works upwards, the bottom trays will dry faster. So you may have to rotate the trays to ensure even drying. Some users aren’t too happy with the way base-mounted fans dry food, but apparently this dehydrator is an exception.
There’s a clear lid to help you check on the drying process and this is important as this model neither has a timer nor a temperature controller. The operating temperature ranges between 135-145 degrees Fahrenheit and the default temperature is usually around 155. This one-temp-fits-all- approach really doesn’t matter all that much as you just have to check out on the drying periodically to ensure that foods don’t dry out too much.
The powered 600-watt motor does produce some noise and its insistent hum can be frustrating at times, but it’s usually quite bearable.
One great convenience is that the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator doeshave many expansion kits and you can always buy additional trays, or mesh screens for your machine.
Some dehydrators that cost more don’t offer the same convenience as the Presto Dehydro does and it’s generally regarded as the “Best Bang for Your Buck”.