Although making jerky with my Nesco Snackmaster Pro is something I really enjoy, the other main reason I bought a dehydrator is to dry the herbs from my garden. Fresh herbs don’t last long, so I dry as many as I can and keep them in air-right containers in the pantry like this cilantro. Easy as anything to dry, cilantro crumbles up and stores easily for use in the winter. It’s not a substitute for fresh cilantro in recipes like salsa, but it’s great for flavoring stews and soups.
I did not remove the cilantro from the stems until after I dried it. It’s a lot easier to remove the leaves once they are dried. I then lightly crumbled them just a bit and put them in containers for use later.
I love drying fresh herbs with my Nesco Snackmaster Pro. I also freeze them for later use.
- Fresh cilantro, rinsed, patted dry. Do not remove leaves from stems.
- Place cilantro onto the dehydrator trays.
- Set the dehydrator to 95 F and let dry for 12-24 hours or until the leaves are dry and crispy, rotating the trays every 2 hours.
- Let cilantro cool slightly then remove leaves from stems and crumble (by hand) into a resealable air-tight container.