I tend to be a dry-herb kind of guy, but sometimes a recipe needs fresh instead. To keep from wasting any unused fresh herbs I just toss them onto my Nesco Snackmaster Pro dehydrator and let them dry for later use. I needed rosemary for a dish I was making (rosemary grilled potatoes, using the rosemary as a skewer!), and had a few sprigs left. I could’ve kept the rosemary intact, but I opted to remove it from the sprigs instead. You can do it either way.
I keep the dried rosemary made on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro in air-tight containers. So I remember what is what, I write the contents on a small piece of blue painter’s masking tape. The tape is great for marking items, dry or in the freezer or wherever. It peels off so easily, you never have to worry about fussing with it.
You can dry any fresh herbs in the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. Like cilantro and basil.
Dried Rosemary on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Rinse the rosemary to remove any foreign material.
Dry well with kitchen towels.
Optionally: remove the rosemary from the sprigs
Place onto the Nesco Snackmaster Pro trays. Do not let the sprigs overlap.
Dry at 95 F for 6-8 hours. Rotate the trays every hour or so.
If drying whole sprigs, remove the rosemary from them.
Store in an air-right container.
I plant a (small) garden of herbs every year. This year it didn’t do so well, but I was able to get just enough to make dried basil on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. I will be rewarded for my efforts (which granted, weren’t much) this fall and winter with fantastically aromatic and flavorful crumbled basil.
Basil turns almost black in color when you dry it, but don’t despair. It’s normal for it to do that. I keep the herbs that I’ve dried using my Nesco Snackmaster Pro in mason jars. I seal the jars with the optional jar sealer on my vacuum sealer. Whew, I said ‘seal’ three times in one sentence!
You can dry any fresh herbs in the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. Like cilantro and rosemary.
Dried Basil on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours
- Fresh basil rinsed and patted dry. Remove leaves from stems.
Place leaves 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 leaves cool slightly then crumble (by hand) into a resealable air-tight container.
These crispy green beans on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro are super packed with green bean flavors. It’s like if you put all of the flavors of 10 beans into each single bean. They do stay crispy for a while, but you’ll want to eat them fairly soon after removing them from your dehydrator to still enjoy that crispiness. If you do have any beans leftover store them in an air-tight container.
Don’t be shy with the salt when you remove the beans from the dehydrator. It helps makes sure the beans stay dry and crunchy. You want crispy green beans on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro, not soggy ones.
I don’t think you can use this same technique with frozen or canned beans. Green beans, fresh from the garden or farm are best. This is a great way to use up a batch of beans when you have extras.
Also try making raisins using your dehydrator! They’re outstanding!
Crispy Green Beans on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
- 3 pounds fresh greens stems removed
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
Combine beans and oil in a large bowl and toss to coast.
Sprinkle with salt, stir.
Transfer beans to dryer racks.
Dry at 125 F for 12 hours or until dry and crispy.