Gourmia GFD1750 Food Dehydrator
Gourmia GFD1850 is a sleek and modern food dehydrator at a budget price, with ten plastic removable trays, a see-through window, a digital LCD touch control panel at the top and a sleek design for drying fruits, veggies, meats, herbs, flowers, nuts, potpourri, pet treats, granola and anything you’d like to dehydrate for snacks, make yogurt and other fermented foods or raise bread dough or extending the shelf life. It has a 550-watt power motor that helps decrease the dehydration time so it will be done in less time and you can just worry about setting the temperature and time. In the box, you will also find a removable jerky and sausage hanging/drying rack to let these items- salamis, sausages, beef jerky or fish dry in a vertical position, being exposed to a maximum amount of airflow. And there is the user manual and a free recipe book to help you out in making a variety of snacks.
You can certainly use the ten trays provided to dehydrate a variety of different items simultaneously and conveniently at a much lower cost than the dried snacks and foods you can purchase at the supermarkets, and free of any artificial additives or preservatives. You will set the time (up to 48 hours) and temperature (between 104 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit in increments of 9 degrees) precisely and you will see them clearly displayed on the green LED-backlit read-out display panel with the auto shut-off feature and a countdown timer that shows the remaining time in one-hour increments. And you will see everything clearly through the transparent window without needing to open the lid and letting the heat escape. The fan is located at the bottom of the unit and it pushes the warm air / dry heat up that then circulates through the whole interior (Circusmart 360˚ Air Flow Circulation) and runs very quietly. Gourmia Food Dehydrator has an enclosed box design with a magnetic door closing that not only looks modern but also traps the heat inside providing great insulation so that the dehydration task is completed successfully.
Each of the 10 trays can accommodate 1 pound of ingredients to be dried so you have a total of approximately 10 pound capacity, which is pretty good for a relatively compact unit that measures 18 inches x 17.7 inches x 12.5 inches and weighs 15 pounds so you can keep it in a fixed spot on your bench as it will not take up too much space. You can get it in white or black and is built very sturdy with heavy duty polymers both inside and out to serve you many years to come and anything that comes in touch with food is BPA-free (including the trays and hanging rack). Do not be alarmed over the first strong plastic smell as it will go away in less than an hour even when you don’t wash the trays and you’ll never get that again. The plastic trays can not hold very heavy foods so you may want to put the foods evenly, and there isn’t a drip tray underneath so you may want to put a foil down there for easy cleaning. It is not an expensive product and will save you a lot of time in a short time and you will only have tastier and healthier treats than the store bought stuff. As a UL listed product, it meets UL’s standards of safety and you can rest assured that it is a great quality, functional and efficient unit that is safe to use. It is also offered with a year of warranty like other Gourmia products and you’re guaranteed great customer support.