Presto 06301 Dehydro Digital Electric Food Dehydrator Review

Where did I find it? Bought this on Amazon.com

We picked up this dehydrator on Amazon recently and we’ve been loving it. As a kid, my father would dehydrate the plums from the trees in our backyard (aka prunes), but that was the extent of things. But now that we’ve delved deeper into dehydrating, I’ve seen there’s a world of options I wasn’t even aware of.

Over the last 6 weeks or so we’ve been drying meats, fruits and veggies. My family seems partial to the meats we make with this thing. Perhaps because there’s typically more flavor in the dried meat we’ve been making.

The operation is very simple. We slice up whatever it is that we’re drying and then we place it on the drying racks. The unit comes with interchangeable racks, which stack criss-cross on top of each other. We can also only use one rack if the batch is small.

Once everything is ready, there’s a convenient drying time recommendation right on the top lid which I’ve been using quite a bit. Meat seems to take a lot less time to dry than fruit and veggies.

When we are all done, we pop the drying racks off, empty out the batch of dried stuff, and then soak the racks in the sink to remove the stuck on food.

Pros:

  • Simple to store. The lids also fold in on each other when they are stacked in reverse.
  • Works well. We’ve used it about 8 times now and haven’t had any problems with drying.
  • Quiet. As quiet as I’d expect a dehydrator to run. It eventually turns to white noise and our family doesn’t notice it much.

Cons:

  • It’d be great if it came with a cleaning brush.
  • I would like the fan on the top instead of the bottom. Over time, I’ve heard that drippings will destroy the motor on dehydrators.

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