Nesco American Harvest FD-1018P

FD-1018PThe FD-1018P dehydrator is the perfect kit for those who want to dry fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and jerky easily and without problems. With a powerful, 1000-watt motor, foods dry more quickly than with other types of dehydrators. With the Converga-Flow drying system, there is no need to rotate hte food to have it dry fast. In fact, the food finishes in hours rather than days. This kit includes numerous accessories to make the job easier as well. It includes eight trays, eight fruit roll sheets, eight clean-a-screens, original jerky spice and cure, a ‘How to Dry Foods’ book by Deanna Delong. It also includes a one-year limited warranty.

The reviews of the Nesco American Harvest FD-1018P are great, with the average rating from customers being 4 and 1/2 stars out of a possible 5. Users love the fact that this kit comes with all the accessories needed to pretty much make any kind of dried food. One user commented that this kit allowed him to make all the foods he wanted for camping and that it was perfect for those who wanted to make more than just jerky. Another user said this dehydrator was just like the earlier version except for the numerous improvements, like the added ‘on/off’ switch.

Another thing users really love about this product is that it’s super fast almost as Nesco FD-60 . In fact, users say this machine makes apple chips in just six hours, and jerky in just 4 hours. However, one user warns that for those upgrading from a slower machine, it’s important to be careful. He ruined a few batches of jerky before realizing that he was over-drying the meat. This machine is powerful and it doesn’t take long to create dried jerky and fruits. One user had his machine for fifteen years before it finally gave out on him. Overall, users seem to be very happy with the quality of this machine.

Based on the reviews we whole-heartedly recommend it for those who are serious about wanting to dry their own fruits, vegetables, jerky, herbs, or flowers. This machine is unlikely to disappoint anyone who purchases it in the areas of ease of use, durability, versatility, size, and convenience. Overall, users were very happy with the product and stated that they’d purchase it again or recommend it to friends and family members. This is a great product for beginners or seasoned dehydrators as well.

Nesco American Harvest FD-1010

The Nesco American Harvest FD-1010 Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator not only prepares delicious, healthy edibles, but also dries flowers in hours. Powered by 1000 watts, the food dehydrator handles fruits, vegetables, herbs, jerky, and a hiker’s delight – homemade granola. A patented system pressurizes heated air up (between 95 and 155 degrees) around each tray. Quick results include dried apple slices in three hours and beef jerky in four.

Specifications and Features:

  • Nesco American Harvest FD-1010 Food Dehydrator Weight: 13 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 17.3 x 11.5
  • 1000 watts of power
  • Thermostat offers a range between 95 degrees and 155 degrees
  • Multiple uses, such as jerky, fruit, and granola
  • Includes four trays, but is expandable to 30 trays
  • Comes with 64-page recipe book
  • One-year warranty


Nesco American Harvest FD-1010 From naturally sweet fruit treats to marinated meat snacks, owners of this model have enjoyed a colorful assortment of homemade delights. For example, users may opt to dry pieces of fruit (including apples, pears, peaches and pineapple) or create a fruit roll/leather – a real hit with the younger crowd. Jerky is another popular snack that owners of the dehydrator have made. One reviewer bought a roast and cut it into thin slices. The slices were then marinated in teriyaki overnight before used to make a tasty beef jerky. The same user ordered homemade smoked bratwurst, which is usually hung to dry for 2 to 3 weeks. However, with the dehydrator, the meat was ready to eat in just three hours. Once complete, cleanup is rather quick and uncomplicated. Cleaning the trays are as simple as removing the top drawer in a dishwasher and inserted them in.

After researching the market for a make and model of an effective dehydrator, reviewers noted that this particular Nesco American Harvest selection is worth the extra dollars when compared to cheaper models. The fan is said to better dry foods. An issue that some users have found with the dehydrator was the sound of the fan. Many adjusted to the noise, while others relocated their unit to the basement, laundry room, or other place in the home to dull the sound. Consumers are also pleased with the unit because it allows them to make large quantities of food at one time, such as beef jerky. For one user, they use 12 trays of beef to make two batches of jerky per weekend for several times a year. They praise the air circulation of the model that delivers food in a speedy manner without compromising quality.

Another reviewer proudly owned the model for around 15 years and did not face a problem. Some of the foods she created with their dehydrator included fruit leather, raisins, dried bananas, dried herbs and spices, and other camping food. She successfully made 18 trays of fruit leather at one time and reported no issues with the results. While dried fruit and jerky are popular treats associated with the food dehydrator, one user relies on the Nesco model to create one-pot meals for backpacking adventures. She proved that the unit is capable of dehydrating thicker ingredients, such as liquids and semi-solid foods.

Based on the reviews we feel that the unit offers a wide range of possibilities for people looking to make tasty homemade treats.