When deciding on the type of food dehydrator to buy, consider the box-style of the Gourmia GFD 1850. The appliance functions similar to a typical, small electric oven complete with a bottom fan that circulates the warm air upward, ensuring that the dry heat circulates adequately throughout the interior chamber of the unit. The enclosed box design also offers better insulation compared to alternative stacking dehydrators.
The Gourmia GFD 1850 comes with 10 removable trays and one removable hanging rack. As each tray holds up to one pound of food, there is ample room to process plenty of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices simultaneously. The front door of the GFD 1850 is also completely removable and features a clear window that enables users to check on the dehydrating progress. The magnetic door closing feature ensures a tight fit that the keeps the internal chamber heat constant.
The top of the unit has a convenient touch-style digital read-out display for turning the dehydrator on/off, setting the temperature from 104 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit and establishing the length of the drying time. The digital display additionally provides consumers with the chance to check at a glance the remaining processing time, which appears in one-hour increments.
Each dehydrator is constructed inside and out using BPA-free, heavy-duty polymers. The 10 trays and hanging rack are also BPA-free. Along with being sturdy, the unique design resists staining, and the surfaces are easy to clean. Available in black or white, the Gourmia is built to provide many years of faithful service. Keeping the GFD 1850 ready-to-use on a is a doable option. The unit requires less space than a microwave oven, as it measures 18 inches x 17.7 inches x 12.5 inches and weighs 15 pounds.
With 550 watts of power, the GFD 1850 decreases dehydrating time compared to less powerful units. Having only to worry about time and temperature adjustments, the unit was created to be user-friendly whether you make the purchase as a complete dehydrating novice or an experienced food prepper. The spacious interior and 10-tray housing allow users to dry up to 12 apples or similarly-sized produce in a single use. For the convenience of consumers, Gourmia packs each dehydrator with a cookbook and an operator’s manual. Both are also readily available on their website.
Although dehydration remains the primary function of the GFD 1850, other options include raising bread dough, creating cultured or fermented foods, which includes yogurt. Simply unpack the unit, plug it in, set the time and temperature and in no time at all, you are on the way to creating fruit and vegetable chips, fruit leather, meat jerky or trail mix in no time.
The entire family can get in on the fun while making healthier snacks and treats. Dehydrating foods yourself gives you complete control over the ingredients, which means no unnatural preservatives. The amount of money saved from DIY recipes also means that the GFD 1850 pays for itself in a short time.
Gourmia also backs each one of their appliances with a one-year warranty and excellent customer service. Whether needing assistance with operation, helpful tips or unit malfunction the Gourmia team promptly handles the issues to the delight of consumers.
Upon first unpacking the unit and trays, there is a strong plastic smell. However, the odor soon dissipates within the first 30 minutes of service.
Unlike other competitive models, the temperature adjustment increases or decreases in increments of nine degrees, which may seem odd. However, the anomaly does not take away from the dehydrator’s outstanding performance.