Dehydrating Herbs

Dirtmechanic

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Basil and Cilantro. Guess how many trays on the dehydrator?
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Hint: more than 8, less than 10
 

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Interesting. I usually get about a cup and a half from five of my 12-1/2" diameter trays using my American Harvest dehydrator. I suspect I pack it a little thicker than you do. Depending on how humid it is, it may take over two days and sometimes over three days to dry out enough. The trays at the top dry out faster so I rotate the trays to even that out. It's set at 95F which isn't a lot warmer than background air temperature and dew point is often around the mid-70's F, fairly humid. I dehydrate in an unairconditioned workshop to keep the smell down in the house. Got to keep the wife happy.

I don't see many stems in there. Do you pick the green leaves off of the stem or pick stems out after grinding. I'd be amazed if you can grind the stems up that fine. I try to remove as many stems as I can before drying which is a slow tedious process but I still pick a lot of stems out after grinding.

I use a fairly large blender to do the grinding. I tried a small one but it didn't work well, I don't think it was fast enough or the blades weren't sharp enough. I need a certain volume or it doesn't grind well at all.

I store mine in glass jars with tight lids, usually pints and keep it in the dark away from heat. In the kitchen I have smaller amounts in small glass jars so we're not opening the main supply as often. That cabinet is not directly over the stove but it's right next to it so it can get warm in there.
 

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I usually don't have time to pulverize, BUT, DD replaced my coffee grinder with a much better one, so the old one sits idle. I think I will stick to pulverizing the peppers after storage.
Still, look mighty nice @Dirtmechanic !
And, I AM jelly of your machine @Ridgerunner!
I will stick to my old dehydrator, until it dies, and steal away some time with DD's dehydrating feature on their Air Fryer.
Do you use these kinds of lids?
or maybe these
 

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