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.
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!
I’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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
- 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
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.