QUIET TO USE – Simply press the start button to dehydrate your food and go to sleep. The noise is less than 48dB, which equals noise levels recorded in the library
Designed in California. Comes with 5 BPA-Free Trays, 1 Mesh Screen, 1 Fruit Roll Sheet, 1 Manual, 1Recipe. Check out our VIDEO on the left side & take a quick tour of this food dehydrator!(search for C165-2MS or C165-2FR to get more accessories)
VERSATILE DEHYDRATOR – Dehydrate beef jerky, turkey jerky, meat, fruits, vegetables for a healthy life; Make non-addict dog treats for your pets; Dry backpacking food for outdoor adventurers
EASY FOR BEGINNERS – With digital timer and adjustable temperature control. Time ranges: 30min-48hours, set the timer in 30-minute increments for up to 48 hours; Temperature ranges: 95ÂºF-165ÂºF
SAFE TO USE – 100% BPA-Free Trays*5. ETL Listed. Auto Shut-off prevents food dehydrator from overheating, even though you’re not at home. 120V, 450W, Please note that this voltage only applies to USA and Canada
EASY TO CLEAN & STORE – Easily clean food from the dehydrator’s base with a damp cloth or a brush/sponge. Please put the fruit roll sheet on the bottom tray which will prevent liquid dripping on the base
COSORI CO165-FD Food Dehydrator 50 Recipes for Jerky Reviews
I own several Cosori appliances and I all love them. So this one as well! I started to make beef and turkey jerky as a snack primarily that I know what’s in it. And guess what, best Jerky ever! My husband loves it when he goes for a ride on his Harley.The way you can set the temperature and time makes it easy to create the dried food exactly as you like it. I work with lower temperatures as the booklet recommends, keeps the meat softer and juicier, and to be on the save side I keep it in the refrigerator. By the way, I marinate the meat 48 hours at least. With fruit, I am still experimenting. Here as well with lower temperatures especially oranges, but it takes some patience and checking in. Bananas too. I use it outside on our back porch for good airflow and to avoid the intense aromas in the house.All in all, I am very happy with my new appliance. An excellent price/performance ratio! I just like it! Highly recommend it.
This is my second dehydrator I’ve owned. I really like this because of the timer and temp functions (and automatic turn off!) My first dehydrator didn’t have those things so I always had to make sure to be home to unplug it when the time came. This dehydrator is very simple to set the time and temp on and comes with an easy-to-read guide. I followed the instructions that said to run the dehydrator for 30 minutes the first time with nothing on it and it did give off a little bit of smell as it was supposed to; however, the next time I ran it and was actually dehydrating bananas for 12 hours, the smell it gave off was a lot more noticeable (and it wasn’t the bananas, I think). The third time I ran it there was no more smell. I really like this dehydrator. Something I have to watch out for, though, is my autistic son touching the buttons on the front and turning it on, so I have to make sure I unplug it when I notice it’s done drying.This is a non-issue for me, but I know some people don’t buy products not made in their country and so I am letting you all know the box does say that this is made in China.
I have been making beef jerky since August 2011 when I purchased my first dehydrator, the Nesco FD-80 (It still works). During that entire time, I have dehydrated:- Fruit (bananas, persimmons, pineapples, mangoes, etc)- Herbs (including leaves and flowers for tea)- Jerky (beef mostly. Other meats require too much preparation to make them safe for dehydration)The square dehydrators pack a bit more capacity than the rounded tray ones, but they also do not dry as evenly. This Cosori appliance, from a brand I had never heard of, has a much smaller capacity.PROS- Round trays dehydrate items a bit more evenly than square ones- Temperature can reach up to 165F, making it safe to use for making beef jerky- Dishwasher safe (a blessing, particularly after making jerky) and BPA-free- 5 trays included (don’t overstack or food may not dehydrate evenly, making some unsafe to eat or store)- Multiple temperature settings- Built-in timer that goes up to 48 hours- Inexpensive, making this appliance a good value- Overheat protection- Recipe booklet includedCONS- Top cover is a transparent plastic that’s so flimsy, it could potentially break. This is the BIGGEST issue of the product. Why a not sturdier cover was provided is perplexing, knocking a whole star off my review- Round trays provide less room (than square ones) for items to be dehydrated- Because the heat comes from the bottom up, any sauces could drip into the heating system in the center. For this very reason, I will use this dehydrator for any non-saucy/non-meat items. For saucy/meat items, I prefer dehydrators that dry from the top down. The bottom-up heating design knocks off half a star- The TOP tray always does not dry as well as the bottom ones, likely because there is an air vent at the top that lets most of the heat escape without it first going over the items (the Nesco lets heat out through the sides). I rotate the top to the bottom somewhere half way into the drying process. I never had this problem with the top-down dehydratorAs I had stated, the price-to-value ratio for this product is good. It dehydrated my fruit and herb very well, and beef jerky came out great (except, as stated previously, the TOP trays). I still prefer my Nesco because the square trays provide for a larger drying capacity, and because it heats from the top down, making for less of a mess to clean up.RECIPES and TIPSThe trays can be placed on the dryer in either direction — take note of that as one side is MUCH more shallow than the other. I did not realize that until I used this machine a second time.Watch Alton Brown’s Good Eats episode of how to make beef jerky. You’ll learn quite a lot. After that, simply experiment with various recipes you may find on the internet. You may also consider a meat slicer to help cut some cooking time and to keep the meat at a consistent depth.For beef jerky, remember that fats spoil faster than meats. As such, for jerky to last as long as possible, trim out as much fat as you can and/or get as lean of a meat you can find. I like having some fat in my jerky, and so I keep it in the refrigerator as an extra precaution, although I have consumed it during a 4-day wilderness backpacking trip before without any issues.Overall, for non-meat or non-saucy items (like fruit, herbs, and vegetables), this dehydrator works very well. For saucy or meat items, because of the bottom-up heating design, it can be quite a mess to clean up sauces from this appliance, and if any fall into the center and down the heating element, it could accelerate the dehydrator to break down faster. It is a shame that the lid cover is made of such flimsy material that would SURELY break at some point during washing or what not. Why cheapen this appliance with such a bad cover, Cosori? Also keep in mind that the top trays, especially the upper-most, does not dry very well.If you found this review helpful, please click the “Yes/Helpful” button below to encourage me to write more. Thank you!
I purchased the dehydrator with drying herbs in mind, but with the variable temperature controls I can do so much more and not have to be concerned with ‘cooking’ at the correct temperature. Clean up is a breeze and everything that we have made has been wonderful. Great value for the money.
Loved that racks fit in countertop dishrack. I washed them, placed in rack then dried them in the dehydrator. My candied citrus slices were a dud. Too much recipe work and I didnâ€™t want the simple syrup/sugar tempting ants and bugs to enter the apartment (but in our tropical neighborhood we all have critters – ugh).May just use this for apple slices and orange segments – Iâ€™m lazy to clean this but itâ€™s a good appliance!Need to figure out where to store this so hubby doesnâ€™t howl at another Amazon purchase.
Iâ€™ve only used it twice, but it seems to work well. I love that it is digital and programmable (time, temp). I also like the clear cover, so I can see how things look at a glance (at least on the top tray). Havenâ€™t made anything yet that requires the fine mesh-like insert or the tray for fruit roll ups. The recipe book contains many jerky recipes and some simple fruit/veggie recipes. However, I found some free dehydrator recipe books on kindle (Iâ€™m a monthly subscriber) with a broader range of recipes. You could probably do an internet or YouTube search and find some, as well. Iâ€™ll update my review if anything notable happens.
Easy ! Fruits and veggies and spices too.