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, there’s no way to really screw up dried rosemary on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro.
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. I use the same tape to keep track of the trays in my dehydrator. Often you have to rotate them, and numbering them makes sure I do it correctly.
You can dry any fresh herbs in the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. Like cilantro, dill and basil.
Dried Rosemary on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro
- Fresh rosemary
- 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.