If you don’t want to spend dollars on dried fruit and beef jerky then the best way is to make it from the comfort of your home using a food dehydrator. You can create your own healthy or low carb snacks quickly and easily using the Ronco FD1005WHGEN 5-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator.
Before jumping right in, you’d like to be sure whether you can produce snacks that you and your family like and whether drying fruits and vegetables is something up your line. It’s best to start off with an entry-level machine and the Ronco FD1005WHGEN 5-tray food dehydrator can whip up some pretty amazing stuff like homemade yogurt, apple and fruit chips and other healthy snacks. While it does dehydrate food, it ensures that all the nutrients and enzymes are retained.
The Ronco dehydrator is inexpensive and as it doesn’t use a fan, it makes no noise or at least less noise than the rest of the clan. It’s said to be energy efficient as it uses low wattage and is ideal for budget-conscious people that don’t use it regularly. Although there is no timer or thermostat and can’t dehydrate goods over 133F, it’s still good enough for drying fruits and vegetables.
In the place of a fan, the dehydrator has a heating element; heat is not blown through the tray stack but the temperature gradually rises till it reaches a uniform level throughout the dehydrator. This is made possible by heating coils that create a convection air flow. That means it can take a little longer for food to dry and also the moisture and fat from the food can drip onto the heating element, making cleaning a difficult proposition.
Five interchangeable trays that can be stacked one on another are involved in the drying process but the unit doesn’t have the capacity to expand. The 125-watt Ronco FD1005WHGEN 5-tray food dehydrator. The trays do have to be rotated in order to prevent overheating.
One really good feature is that there is a lot of clear plastic and you can see how the drying is progressing. The unit has a nice design and does its job quietly and smoothly. Yes, it doesn’t perform like its more expensive counterparts but it’s a pretty handy machine to have around.
In one session, it can dry about 5 pounds of fruit that lasts a very long time. However, do be prepared for a long wait as the unit takes a very long time to dry foods.
Some users have complained about the fragile trays but for an entry-level dehydrator it’s good enough. For those who live a fast-paced life, this is definitely not the right one, but those budget-conscious people who don’t consider a ‘long drying period’ a disadvantage, the Ronco FD1005WHGEN 5-tray food dehydrator is just the one them.