The NutriChef PKFD12 is a small food dehydrator and will fit on your counter or cabinet without any issues. It’s a good-looking machine, so you might want to put it on display in your kitchen.
You can adjust the trays to accommodate thicker food items like meats. The perforated stack-able trays are engineered so as to allow for even airflow and even heat distribution. However there are some that claimed that the air flow and even heat distribution aren’t so even. For example, it was reported that when dehydrating bananas, the bananas furthest from the center (where the air flow comes from) were slightly chewy while the ones closer to the center were completely crispy. I feel that there are always nuances and quirks that you have to get used to in small appliances. But for some this could be something to think about.
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sun-dried cherry tomatoes on dehydrator tray
The heating element is located on the bottom of the unit. The heat and air flow originates from the center of the machine. I’ve read stories about oil and other food stuff leaking down onto the fan or heating element and damaging it. So, you could run into some issues with food getting on the fan. From the pictures though, it seems that the trays and heating elements are self-contained.
Now, back to the price. Have you ever heard of the phrase “pay now or pay later”? Well, for me, it’s sometimes “pay now and pay later”. Whenever I try to go the cheapest route, I end up paying the price. Last year, I purchased a water hose that cost’ about nine bucks from Wal-mart; it didn’t last. This year, I had to “invest” in a more expensive albeit more durable water hose.
The point is, compared to the Mercedes Benz of food dehydrators, Excalibur, the Nutrichef is cheap. But, as I began to price popular food dehydrators, I was pleasantly surprised that there are quality food dehydrators that share the same price range as the Nutrichef.
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