The new, reasonably priced Gourmia GFD1950 countertop food dehydrator makes the ideal kitchen appliance for anyone desiring to save money and adopt a healthier lifestyle by processing their own foods. As the unit is moderately priced, it accommodates most budgets while offering more space and a variety of time-saving features. One of the main advantages of the GFD1950 over other models includes the digital thermostat and temperature control, which enable you to have precise control over the drying process.
The Gourmia was created for the serious dehydrating enthusiast. All Gourmia dehydrators are certified by the ETL, which ensures the appliance is made of quality materials and operates safely. The GFD1950 unit weighs 18.9 pounds and measures 19.5 x 18 x 15.5 inches. Some might find the overall size prevents relocating the dehydrator from one location to another without experiencing a bit of a hassle. However, for anyone interested in having the convenience of drying large quantities of food simultaneously, space is not a problem.
The solid-state polyvinyl exterior comes in black or white. The front of the dehydrator features a transparent door, which lifts up and removes for adding or removing trays easily. The interior has a full 9.5 square feet of space to amply handle the nine accompanying BPA-free trays. Each tray is one square foot in size and includes nine mesh trays, a fruit leather tray and a bottom, solid drip tray. The ample space enables you to dry one to two pounds of fruit or vegetables. Each tray can also hold up to one pound of meat. Your GFD1950 comes with an easy to follow instruction manual and a handy recipe booklet. Each Gourmia GFD1950 has a one-year manufacture’s warranty.
The push-button controls are strategically positioned on the top, front of the dehydrator along with a digital read-out display. The digital thermostat enables users to program the dehydrator at one of eight different temperature settings ranging from 95 degrees to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Simply set the timer in 30 minute increments for up to 19.5 hours of drying time.
The efficient unit provides a full 600 watts of power. The top-mounted fan emits and circulates heat in a 360-direction thanks to the unique Gourmia Cuircusmart 360 Air Flow Circulation Technology. In this way, all trays from the very top to the very bottom receive an equal amount of heat. This means you do not need to rearrange the food contents or the trays to ensure even drying. The Gourmia is also designed to work silently in the background, so you are not disturbed day or night by annoying noise. Some might notice a slight humming sound while the machine is functioning. Others describe the sound as a gentle “white” noise.
Unfortunately, the Gourmia is only designed for 110 volt outlets. The shorter power cord also requires the unit be positioned close to a standard wall outlet.
The trays are easily adjusted within the unit and removed for quick cleaning. Simply use very warm soapy water to remove food residue. Although sturdy, the trays cannot be washed in a dishwasher. Wipe down the interior and turn on the heat to thoroughly dry the inside of the dehydrator before the next use.
The Gourmia GFD1950 is a wonderful investment for homemakers or others who prefer natural food without artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives. Simply fill the dehydrator, set it and forget it. The unit turns itself off when the dehydrating process finishes. Use your Gourmia dehydrator for making cost-effective, healthy dried herbs, fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts or snacks. You can also use the device for making your own spices and yogurt.