The Gourmia GFD1650 features 6 adjustable shelves and 8 preset temperature settings. It comes with the noiseless airflow circulation that homogenizes the air flow and temperature within the dehydrator so that all trays dry evenly.
The Gourmia GFD1650 offers 6.5 square feet of drying space across the 6 trays, while each try can handle up to a pound of food. This dehydrator is suitable for meat, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Trail mix and other snacks are also recommended by the manufacturer. The 400 watts of power it can harness offers temperatures between 95º F and 158º F and dries in 30-minute increments.
The construction of the dehydrator is mostly plastic, which is less than ideal, but is sturdy. It feels like it will hold up well, and the plastic is not the flimsy kind that comes with cheap appliances. The plastic does not stain, either, allowing for very easy cleanup after use. Overall, this food dehydrator seems to be built to last and will work for years to come. The Gourmia GFD1650 is practically designed, which means it does not add any flash or style to the kitchen. The plastic comes in either black or white and is generically flat. Stylistically, this appliance is indistinguishable from most.
The Gourmi works more quickly than most, getting foods to the desired level of dehydration, by offering a range of control over temperature and time. However, it does not offer many other options for control. This is good for a newer user who wants a simple machine to do one specific task, but can be a downside for some who want more control.
Another downside might be the maximum temperature of 158º F (70C). Although this may be enough for most users, diehard jerky fans who want to dehydrate rapidly with higher temperatures might find it lacking.
The airflow circulation works extremely well and produces no noise whatsoever. This machine is very quiet as it worked through the night on a 10-hour cycle. There was almost no variation between each of the 6 trays of food, which is always nice.
Ease of Use
This dehydrator is very user-friendly. Only allowing two variables, time and temperature, makes the use of this appliance very intuitive. The Gourmia GFD1650 does not come with a users manual, nn included cookbook or general standards for time and temperature would have been very helpful.
The dehydrator only has one function–to dehydrate–but that does not seem to limit its uses. The manufacturer recommends a number of foods that can be made with this dehydrator that are all healthful and easy to make. Jerky is one of the most common uses, and employing this dehydrator to do so seems to work just fine. This is an economical way to produce a lot of jerky. Yogurt and any other fermented foods can also be made in the dehydrator as it maintains a very constant temperature. Proofing sourdough breads or making tempeh are possible in this dehydrator.
For semi-serious enthusiasts who will use the appliance more than a few times a month, the Gourmia GFD1650 is a great choice for household use. The spacious trays allow for batches and batches of food to be made quickly and efficiently. Making your own healthy, preservative-free snacks for your family can be an economical way to ensure you are getting the most nutrition from your food. Over the course of a few months, you will save far more than you paid on the price tag on the dehydrator.