The Nesco food dehydrator falls into the category of "I don't need it but it was an awesome gift." We have had fun experimenting with it and coming up with new creations. I think veggies store better in the freezer if they have been dehydrated first, and one of my kids' new favorite snacks is dried zucchini chips. Yup, zucchini with salt, thinly sliced, makes a great healthy substitute for potato chips. If you are doing a paleo diet, have kids with allergies, or are just trying to eat better, this is a great alternative to more expensive systems.