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Nesco food dehydrator for $59.98 shipped, and why a food dehydrator is a great frugal investment

Get a Nesco 700-watt food dehydrator for $59.98 with free shipping here.

We actually have a food dehydrator and I love it.  I use it to make dried apples, pineapple, bananas, carrots, and spices for me, and dried beef jerky for my husband.  I also dehydrated a whole bunch of sliced lemons and limes and use them on Shabbat, when we offer our guests herbal tea.  Dunk a dried slice of citrus in hot tea, and it instantly rehydrates it;  it makes for wonderful presentation and I don't have to think about keeping fresh lemons around.

A food dehydrator is great for when you've got fruits and vegetables that are on their last legs and won't be good in a day or two.  Just slice them up, put them on the dehydrator, and come back a few hours later.  I thought Joshua was nuts when he first suggested we buy the dehydrator (ten years ago), but we use it so often to salvage produce that is on its way out, it has really turned out to be a frugal purchase.

A dehydrator is super-useful 1) if you're facing a long car or plane trip with no refrigeration available 2) if you want to keep healthy snacks in the house (that aren't full of sugar) that will keep for months in the cupboard 3) if you're going camping 4) if you are growing spices and have more on hand than you can use 5) if you're taking a trip abroad and won't have access to kosher meat 6) if you are seriously addicted to dried fruit 7) if you want to try some delicious kosher beef/chicken/turkey jerky without spending a small fortune.  A food dehydrator is a great investment.

The Nesco 700-watt food dehydrator has got 4 1/2 stars out of 5 over a whopping 544 customer reviews.  If you're wondering about the price,  Home Depot has it for $69.99, Sears has got it for $225.41 (which is insane), Overstock has it for $71.99, and TigerDirect has it for $73.99.   The Amazon price of $59.98 is the lowest price I've seen on this stellar product in a long while.

Get the Nesco 700-watt food dehydrator for $59.98 with free shipping here, before Amazon pulls a price hike.  (And btw, it makes for a great Mother's or Father's Day gift too.)
Speaking of beef jerky, here is the recipe I use when I make Joshua this treat.  Try it after you purchase the dehydrator.
  • 2 lbs. of any type beef (the cheaper, the better.  I use flank or chuck) 
  • 4 oz. teriyaki sauce 
  • 2 oz. ounces of low sodium soy sauce 
  • 1 T. garlic powder 
  • 3 T. dark brown sugar (or 4 T. Stevia if you want to avoid sugar) 
  • 2 T. of onion powder 
  • 1 T. cayenne pepper 
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 
Slice beef into thin strips. Combine remaining ingredients in a large ziplock bag and add meat. Marinade in refrigerator for 24 hours. Lay out beef strips on dehydrator, turn it on and walk away for a few hours (test it and see if it's done). When you return, you'll have delicious strips of beef jerky for a fraction of what it would cost you to buy.

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