I’m obsessed with my dehydrator.
It’s true. And I can’t believe that my husband had to do some serious negotiating with me to convince me to buy it…for $12 at the thrift store. Seriously?? What was I thinking!? Well, I’m glad I was convinced, because I am an absolute dehydrator convert now. I love it! I’ve used it to make fruit leather, dried pears, zucchini chips, and banana chips, and now I’m venturing out and drying my own herbs.
Remember way back when I propagated rosemary from that crazy rosemary bush in the middle of my back yard?? Well, I’m happy to report that transplanting the propagated rosemary worked really well…sadly, a neighbor who kindly mowed our yard for us, mowed them right down! So I’m starting over propagating some more rosemary, but I’m also trying to preserve some of the massive amounts of rosemary we out there.
Drying fresh rosemary couldn’t be simpler. Don’t have a dehydrator? No problem. You can tie up a bunch of rosemary and hang it upside down in a cool, dry, dark place for a week or so. But if you do have a dehydrator it will speed up the process quite a bit. Even if you don’t grow your own herbs, this is a great way to save left over fresh herbs you pick up at the grocery store.
So, are you ready? Let’s dry our own herbs!
1. Gently wash rosemary stems in cool water, removing any dirt or bugs
2. Dry the rosemary gently with a clean towel.
3. On the bottom tray of your dehydrator, place the fruit leather insert. This is just to catch any dried rosemary leaves that may fall from the stems above.
4. Evenly space the cleaned and dried stems on your dehydrator trays.
5. Turn on the dehydrator to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, for 2-5 hours.
6. Once dry and brittle, allow to cool and remove rosemary leaves from the stems by holding the top with one hand and striping the leaves off with the other hand. Super quick and easy.
7. Place your dried rosemary into an airtight jar. And enjoy in all your favorite recipes!