Poblano Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

After making a big ole batch of bell pepper powder using my dehydrator I decided I need to kick things up a bit. Not crazy over-the-top kicked up, but something a bit spicier. I’m a big fan of poblano peppers. They aren’t super hot and they have such great pepper flavor. I love them stuffed, roasted, sliced on a sandwich, however. And now, I love them dried. Poblano pepper powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro is perfect for seasoning my favorite dishes.
Poblano Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster ProDried poblanos can still pack a punch, so when you go to cutting them up make sure you wash your hands good (or use rubber gloves) when you’re done. And when you grind the dried peppers, watch out for that dust. It’ll wake you up and wake you up quick.

I keep my dried powders in Mason jars that I vacuum seal using an attachment for my sealer. They keep forever. You just need to remember to re-seal the jars after removing the powder to use in a dish.

You can also make bell pepper powder.

Poblano Pepper Powder on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 15 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Poblano peppers I used a mix of 4 each of green, yellow, orange and red. I was able to fit approximately 2 peppers per Nesco Snackmaster Pro tray

Instructions

  • Set your dehydrator to 135 F.
  • Rinse the peppers. Remove the stems and seeds and cut into chunks. If you are not using screen trays you'll want to cut fairly large pieces so they do not fall between the trays.
  • Dehydrate for 12-16 hours. Rotate the trays every 2 hours if possible.
  • Once all the peppers are dry and a bit crisp remove and let cool.
  • Process the peppers in the grinder until they form a fine powder. If some pieces of pepper do not grind return them to the dehydrator for another hour or so until crisp.
  • Keep the powder in an air-tight container. I place mine in a Mason jar, cover it, then use a vacuum-sealer attachment specifically for jars to remove all of the air.

Sweet BBQ Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

I really love making jerky on my dehydrator. I’ve been using ground top round for my ground beef jerky, but any lean ground meat will work. This sweet BBQ ground beef jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro has a nice mellow smoky BBQ flavor that is definitely not overwhelming. It has a bit of sweetness, but it’s definitely not candy-like. The meat has the perfect ‘bite’, just a little tug.

Sweet BBQ Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster ProMake sure you rotate your trays every 2 hours or so when making sweet BBQ ground beef jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. The bottom trays will not dry as quickly as those on top. Rotating the trays will give you nice, even drying and perfect jerky on every level.

Try these other great jerky flavors from Eastman Outdoors: spicy jalapenoCajunwhiskey peppermesquite, sweet habanero and hickory.

Check out my guide to using the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. You will be making fantastic jerky at home in no time at all!

Sweet BBQ Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

This recipe is for starting with 1 pound of meat. You'll end up with about 1/2 pound in the end. You can easily double/triple/etc this recipe for large quantities of meat, however 5-6 pounds is about all you can fit onto a Nescao Snackmaster Pro fitted with 12 trays (the unit comes with 5).
Course Dehydrator
Cuisine Jerky
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Servings 1 /2 pound
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Eastman Outdoors Sweet BBQ Jerky Seasoning see my note below
  • 1 teaspoon curing salt Comes with the seasoning. Optional if you're going to refrigerate the finished product
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • NOTE: The package for the Eastman Outdoors jerky seasoning states that it makes up to 5 pounds of jerky. I personally feel that the flavor is too mellow, so I use just about an entire package for 1 pound of jerky. I end up with a little left over seasoning, which I store in a labelled air-tight container. I'll eventually mix it with more seasoning. I think I can get 3 pounds of well-seasoning jerky out of two packages of Eastman Outdoors mix.
  • Place beef in a resealable bag or container.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the seasoning, curing salt and water. Pour over the meat and seal. Shake to coat.
  • Refrigerate the meat for up to 8 hours, shaking or massaging every hour or so to get the marinade distributed and absorbed evenly.
  • Remove meat from the marinade and add to a jerky gun. Squeeze out onto Nesco trays. Do not overlap meat.
  • Add the dehydrator top, set to maximum temperature setting and dehydrate for 5 hours, rotating the trays (bottom to top) every 2 hours or so.
  • To test for doneness remove a piece and let cool slightly. Try to bend the meat. If it gives and starts to tear at the bend it is done. If it bends without tearing return to the dehydrator and let it run another 15 minutes and test again. If the meat is crunchy it is overdone but still good. It's really personal preference as to how you like your jerky. Soft, chewy, crunchy. There's no wrong here.
  • Let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Dried Rosemary on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

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.
Dried Rosemary on the Nesco Snackmaster ProI 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

Course Dehydrator
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Fresh rosemary

Instructions

  • 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.

Dried Basil on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

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.
Dried Basil on the Nesco Snackmaster ProBasil 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
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Fresh basil rinsed and patted dry. Remove leaves from stems.

Instructions

  • 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.

Crispy Green Beans on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

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.
Crispy Green Beans on the Nesco Snackmaster ProDon’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
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds fresh greens stems removed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Eat immediately.

Mandarin Teriyaki Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Teriyaki jerky is a big favorite of mine. Every few batches of jerky that I make is teriyaki of some kind or another. I picked up a package of Hi Mountain’s Mandarin Teriyaki jerky mix at Cabella’s and quickly made a batch of jerky. The mandarin teriyaki doesn’t a strong teriyaki flavor and it’s not meant to. It’s a very subtle teriyaki flavor, with an even more subtle hint of mandarin orange. It’s a nice change from it’s stronger teriyaki cousin.
Mandarin Teriyaki Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster ProMake sure you rotate your trays every 2 hours or so when you make up a batch of Mandarin Teriyaki jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. The bottom trays will not dry as quickly as those on top. Rotating the trays will give you nice, even drying and perfect jerky on every level.

Also try my fiery Teriyaki jerky.

Check out my guide to using the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. You will be making fantastic jerky at home in no time at all!

Mandarin Teriyaki Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Course Dehydrator
Cuisine Jerky
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place beef in a resealable bag or container.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the seasoning, curing salt and water. Pour over the meat and seal. Shake to coat.
  • Refrigerate the meat for up to 8 hours, shaking or massaging every hour or so to get the marinade distributed and absorbed evenly.
  • Remove meat from the marinade and add to a jerky gun. Squeeze out onto Nesco trays. Do not overlap meat.
  • Add the dehydrator top, set to maximum temperature setting and dehydrate for 5 hours, rotating the trays (bottom to top) every 2 hours or so.
  • To test for doneness remove a piece and let cool slightly. Try to bend the meat. If it gives and starts to tear at the bend it is done. If it bends without tearing return to the dehydrator and let it run another 15 minutes and test again. If the meat is crunchy it is overdone but still good. It's really a personal preference as to how you like your jerky. Soft, chewy, crunchy. There's no wrong here.
  • Let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Sweet and Spicy Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

I love loading up my Nesco Snackmaster Pro with freshly-ground lean ground beef and making a big batch of jerky. I have 12 trays so that I can make a good amount of jerky at once.Hi Mountain makes it super easy to make sweet and spicy jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro.

Though I tend to be more a spicy jerky guy, I love a great balance between the heat and sweet, and this mix nails it perfectly. Not so spicy that it’ll scare off those that fear a little kick. And not so sweet that it tastes like candy. Really a great balance and very addicting to eat, that’s for sure.

Sweet and Spicy Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster ProMake sure you rotate your trays every 2 hours or so. The bottom trays in the Nesco Snackmaster Pro will not dry the sweet and spicy jerky as quickly as those on top. Rotating the trays will give you nice, even drying and perfect jerky on every level.

Check out my guide to using the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. You will be making fantastic jerky at home in no time at all!

Sweet and Spicy Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Course Dehydrator
Cuisine Jerky
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Servings 8 ounces
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place beef in a resealable bag or container.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the seasoning, curing salt and water. Pour over the meat and seal. Shake to coat.
  • Refrigerate the meat for up to 8 hours, shaking or massaging every hour or so to get the marinade distributed and absorbed evenly.
  • Remove meat from the marinade and add to a jerky gun. Squeeze out onto Nesco trays. Do not overlap meat.
  • Add the dehydrator top, set to maximum temperature setting and dehydrate for 5 hours, rotating the trays (bottom to top) every 2 hours or so.
  • To test for doneness remove a piece and let cool slightly. Try to bend the meat. If it gives and starts to tear at the bend it is done. If it bends without tearing return to the dehydrator and let it run another 15 minutes and test again. If the meat is crunchy it is overdone but still good. It's really a personal preference as to how you like your jerky. Soft, chewy, crunchy. There's no wrong here.
  • Let cool before storing in an airtight container.

Cauliflower Popcorn

I loved the flavor of this cauliflower ‘popcorn’. The cumin and chili powder add a nice southwestern, earthly flavor. The nutritional yeast (which I’d never used before) made me think of cheddar cheese flavoring. I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Now, let’s talk ‘popcorn’. That makes you think crunchy, and if you eat this cauliflower raw that’s just what you’ll get. You can also pop (sorry) them into a dehydrator for 12 or so hours. Right out of the dehydrator they have a nice crunch to them, but I found that that crunch doesn’t last. The seems get a bit soft…. and not popcorny. But the flavor was still great!
Cauliflower PopcornI’m looking forward to other ways to use nutritional yeast. For us, I’d recommend this cauliflower popcorn, but honestly I’d enjoy them more raw and save the dehydrator time. That’s up to you. I’m a big texture guy, and for me, the texture of the raw cauliflower was better.

Also try crispy green beans from the Nesco Snackmaster Pro.

Cauliflower Popcorn

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower florets removed (try to remove as much stem as possible if dehydrating)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions

  • Place the cauliflower into a large bowl.
  • Add the olive oil, yeast, cumin, chili powder and salt and toss to coat.
  • Serve raw, or if desired, place into a dehydrator and dry for 12 hours. Serve immediately.

Smoked Habanero Flake on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Not too long ago I made a fantastic batch of red pepper flake using my dehydrator, a Nesco Snackmaster Pro. I use the spicy flakes on just about everything. But, I thought, nothing wrong with making an even tastier, hotter version. So I grabbed a big bag of red habaneros and proceeded to make smoked habanero flake.
smoked-habanero-flake-on-the-nesco-snackmaster-proSmoking the habaneros, though not required, gives the flakes a fantastic slightly-smoky flavor and aroma, much more complex than if you just ground dried habaneros. And oh, yes, these flakes are mighty hot. You have to be careful handling the peppers, and trust me, when you grind them, do NOT put your face over the grinder when you remove the lid. I speak the truth here, it’ll get you!

Smoked Habanero Flake on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Note: You'll need a smoker (wood, charcoal, or electric), a dehydrator, and a spice grinder (I use a blade-style coffee grinder) to make these smoked habanero flakes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 14 hours 40 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Ripe habaneros any color, preferably all roughly the same size

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker. Add a few chunks of stronger wood, such as hickory. Do not use a fruity wood such as apple, peach, etc.
  • Add the habaneros to the smoker and smoke for 2 hours. You're not looking to dry them (though you could given plenty of time), just get a nice smoke flavor.
  • Remove the habaneros and transfer to your dehydrator, set to 165 F.
  • Dry the habaneros until crispy, 8-12 hours (or more if they are large, less if they are smaller). Rotate the trays every 2 hours to ensure even drying.
  • Remove the habaneros and let cool slightly.
  • Remove the stems from the peppers.
  • Working in batches, transfer the peppers to a spice grinder with blades (do not use a burr grinder) and grind until the desired sized flakes are achieved.
  • Store in an air-tight container.
  • Note: The flakes will be mighty hot, so use sparingly.

Dried Cilantro on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Making jerky with my Nesco Snackmaster Pro is something I really enjoy. But the other reason I bought a dehydrator is to dry fresh 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 dried cilantro.

Easy as anything to dry, dried 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.
Dried Cilantro on the Nesco Snackmaster ProI 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, such as basil. I also freeze them for later use.

Dried Cilantro on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Fresh cilantro rinsed, patted dry. Do not remove leaves from stems.

Instructions

  • 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.