Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun


Nesco American Harvest Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun includes everything needed to make delicious home made jerky. Just add ground meat. Features a 350 Watt, fixed temperature, and top down power head is perfect for the beginner or an experienced jerky maker. Jerky Gun comes with 3 tip attachments. Makes great tasting beef jerky or venison jerky! There are four different flavors of jerky spices included with this unit, Hot and Spicy, Teriyaki, Original, and Pepperoni.

$ 43.69

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  1. 84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun, May 28, 2008
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    Por Nada (Anaheim, CA) –

    This review is from: Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun (Kitchen)
    I bought this dehydrator kit for my son as a gift. I found it so easy to use that I have been using it myself.

    The actual drying unit is pretty straight forward. It swirls air inside the drying chamber to dry the meat product. It does this in an efficient and predictable manner. It is efficient because I know that almost every area of the inside chamber is covered by the airflow. It is predictable because of the use of the jerky gun. The jerky gun makes the meat the same size. Because of this the cooking times stay the same.

    When I start, I prepare the meat as per the instructions. You are directed to take hamburger and add their dry mix. Combine the ingredients, and insert the meat in the jerky gun. The jerky comes out the same size every time. Add those pieces to the tray, and in two hours you have jerky. There is a small fan that makes a fairly substantial noise. I move the appliance to another room to avoid the sound.

    I have learned that following the instructions will give you jerky that can be kept for some time with out spoiling. The objective here is to remove as much as the fat from the meat as possible. The fat is what will cause the meat to spoil quickly.

    I have experimented with other ways to prepare the meat. I have bought roasts when they go on sale. I used a slicer once. I didn’t like that way because the meat would not come out thin enough. If you have a very nice slicer this way might work.

    I also tried cutting the meat with a knife. That was a pain too. It was a lot of work but the jerky came out more like what you might see in the stores, chunky. I don’t think this type of jerky will stay fresh as long. There will be a substantial amount of fat left in the meat even after drying.

    The best alternative preparation is to ask the butcher if he will grind the meat for you. I buy the roast on sale. Then the butcher grinds it for me. I think the fat percentage is quite low. The hamburger with the lowest fat percentage I can find is around 12%. It costs 30% more than my method.

    I take the hamburger and add ingredients from recipes that I have found on the internet. I let the ingredients marinate the meat. I use the jerky gun to make the pieces. I use this type of jerky as a snack for around the house. The jerky I make with the dry prepackaged mix is best for backpacking. This is because it is much drier and hence less fat. The jerky will not spoil as quick.

    Overall, I found the dryer easy to use. The jerky gun is a welcome addition to the preparation. Good Luck

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  2. 19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    LOVE!, January 18, 2012
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    E. Katsuro (WADSWORTH, IL, US) –
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    This review is from: Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun (Kitchen)
    Bought this for my jerky enthusiast boyfriend for Christmas. We love it! We used the recipe using ground beef that comes in the booklet – used a pound, plus a chopped up jalapeno. The dehydrator and gun worked great – the jerky was done after about 5-6 hours in the dehydrator and we finished with an hour in the oven at 170.

    The one thing I’d do differently is to use less of the spice and salt (cure) packet that came with the machine. He thought it was too salty.

    Also, I’m an idiot and washed the gun on the lower shelf of the dishwasher and it melted. (I ordered a new one). Make sure you wash all the racks, the gun, and the bottom piece on the top shelf in the dishwasher. I did wash the gun attachments (the piece with the slit, and the round piece that screws over it) in the silverware compartment, bottom rack, with no problem.

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  3. Toolman "kpj" says
    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    toolman kpj, October 19, 2009
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    Toolman “kpj” (Mo,USA) –

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    This review is from: Nesco American Harvest FD-28JX Jerky Xpress Dehydrator Kit with Jerky Gun (Kitchen)
    Buy the next step up, spend $49 instead of this cheaper model, I have both models and the more expensive model takes less time and is better.

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