Coming from a family of beef jerky lovers, dehydrated foods were always on the cards. Trouble arose when I could not find the time to lay out the foods in the sun for natural drying. Not being accustomed to using any dehydrator, I took recourse to friends’ opinions and food dehydrator reviews. While options were many, the fact that I often had to travel meant that I could not go in for anything that was bulky. My options were reduced to one – the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric, and I’m happy to say that my lack of options proved to be a boon in disguise. Having used the product for over a year and purchased two more for convenience, I will share my experiences regarding the great, and a single less than great, features of the dehydrator.
Extremely Light and Portable
Weighing just 7.2 pounds , the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric ensures that I can take the product even when I’m travelling by air. Improving the dimensional dynamics is the provision for storing the power cord inside the base. Last but not least, the drying trays stack up on each other in a nested fashion when not in use, thereby reducing the height of the product considerably.
The cover is made of durable transparent polycarbonate that allows the user to view the dehydration process inside. Keeping the more heat sensitive foodstuffs at the top, I could monitor the drying without removing the cover again and again.
Bottom Mounted Powerful Fan and Heating Element
Following the more traditional bottom mounted fan design, the product nevertheless manages to heat all racks equally courtesy of Presto’s extremely compact design and the wide range of temperature that the heating element is capable of producing. This implies that rack/tray rotation when using stackable type food dehydrators is not necessary.
Excellent wattage offered with Immersible Racks
Though compact and small, the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric comes with a 600W power setup. This power setup allows the product to handle extremely moist or thick products with relative ease.
Last but not least, the product comes with parts that are for the most part dishwasher save, thus saving you the trouble of cleaning the racks, etc. by hand.
One small problem
Being an entry level dehydrator, the product does not come with a temperature or time control. While most drying typically occurs in a mean temperature range, knowing the exact metrics could have helped avoid over-dried foods to a great extent. Similarly, the availability of a timer could have given the user greater flexibility during night time or Sunday Afternoon when one does not want to monitor the dehydrator at regular intervals.
Warranty : 1 Year Limited Warranty
The food dehydrator reviews that I had read prior to making the purchase of the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator suggested that the dehydrator combined portability and efficiency in equal measure. Despite not having the somewhat important temperature and time controllers, the product manages to produce large quantities of beef jerky, etc. that are delicious. Hence, if you are regularly shifting home, have a really small house or would like to carry your dehydrator with you, this product from Presto can easily be one of your favourite travel mates.