Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator
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Will FoodVacBags™ & Rolls work with Foodsaver™ (and other) vacuum sealer machines?
Yes! FoodVacBags™ & Rolls are made to work with any type of vacuum sealer machine. This includes: FoodSaver™, Seal-A-Meal®, Regal®, VacMaster®, Weston®, Cabela's®, and more.
Are FoodVacBags™ & Rolls BPA Free and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved?
Yes! FoodVacBags™ & Rolls are BPA Free and FDA approved. They are safe for food.
How thick are FoodVacBags™ & Rolls?Our bags our 3.5-4 mil thick. They have one side with a pattern, which facilitates the vacuum process. That will measure thicker, due to the pattern. The smooth side will measure at the above stated mil.
Can I use FoodVacBags™ & Rolls in the freezer?
Yes! You can use all our FoodVacBags™ & Rolls for freezing food. Vacuum sealing is ideal for freezing because it removes the oxygen that causes freezer burn. Food stays fresh and tasty much longer.
Is it safe to microwave or boil FoodVacBags™ & Rolls for cooking?
Yes! A small puncture in the FoodVacBag™ is needed to allow steam to escape when using in the microwave. For sous vide cooking or when simmering pre-packed food in water, closely monitor that the pot has plenty of water and the vacuum bag is not in direct contact with the bottom of the pot. Follow proper food safety practices.
Where are FoodVacBags™ & Rolls manufactured?
We carry three brands of vacuum seal bags; FoodVacBags™, VacMaster®, and Weston®. All three brands are manufactured in China, just down the road from where FoodSaver™ bags are made.
Can I re-use FoodVacBags™ & Rolls?
Yes. They can be cleaned and re-used at your discretion. Just cut off existing seal, then re-vacuum package. Be sure to wipe off any grease or food residue inside the bag that may affect the seal. They can also be resealed after washing and drying the bag thoroughly.
We do not recommend re-using FoodVacBags™ & Rolls after storing raw meats, greasy foods or fish. Also, do not re-use vacuum sealed bags after microwaving or boiling.
How do I create and use a bag out of a roll?
- Cut the desired amount of roll material.
- Seal one side of the bag, using 'seal' button on most standard machines.
- Remove bag and insert product into open end of bag.
- Insert open end in machine and complete vacuum and seal process.
These 50’ rolls won’t fit in the storage area of my machine. What can I do?
Customers purchase the 50’ rolls because they are a great value per foot of material. You have two options:
- Cut and feed the material from the front of the machine only. Using bag making steps above.
- Cut off about 20’ of material from the roll and wrap it around an old roll core. Place that inside your machine. Save the remaining roll to refill when needed.
Air was removed from the bag, but now it seems to be filling up with air. Why?
It is possible that the seal was not secure on the bag. A wrinkle along the seal can cause leakage and allow air to enter. Sometimes moisture or food material (such as blood, grease, powders, crumbs, etc.) prevent the bag from sealing properly. In the above cases, cutting the seal, cleaning the area and resealing should fix the problem.
If you are vacuum packaging sharp food items, the bag may have been punctured. Always cover sharp food items with a soft cushioning material. We sell a product called Bone Guards to add a layer of material over sharp objects.
Finally, fermentation or the release of natural gases from inside the foods may have occurred. When this happens, food may have begun to spoil and should be discarded.
Why can't certain vegetables be vacuum packaged?
Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts give off gases when they are stored. This gas will cause the bag to expand, and the vegetables will go bad. The best way to store all vegetables is to blanch them first, then cool, dry, vacuum pack and freeze.
What’s the best way to vacuum seal soft or delicate foods like berries or baked goods?
Place food on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer for a while. When the food is solid, it will be ready to seal in your vacuum sealer bag. You can also use Vacuum Sealing Canisters.
What type of foods can be vacuum sealed, and for how long?
For a detailed list of foods and shelf life, click here for vacuum seal shelf life PDF.
- 1,000 watts of power — Nesco's most powerful dehydrator
- Converga-Flow heat distribution technology &emdash; no need to rotate trays
- Expandable up to 30 trays (4 included)
Looking for a high-powered food dehydrator that won't quit? Look no further than the Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster! With 1,000 watts of power, the Gardenmaster is Nesco's most powerful dehydrator. You'll be able to dry fruits, vegetables, jerky meats, herbs, flowers, potpourri and even more in hours. While other dehydrators require you to rotate trays, the American Harvest dehydrators use patented Converga-Flow technology to heat foods evenly. The Gardenmaster includes 4 trays, but you can add additional trays — the Gardenmaster is powerful enough to dry up to 30 trays at a time! Dial in the right amount of heat for whatever you are drying with the adjustable thermostat, which can be set from 95° to 160° Farenheit. Best of all, this food dehydrator is made in the USA!