How to Dehydrate Cilantro

2013-04-30
My family often enjoys eating Chinese and Mexican food and with that comes the need for Cilantro!  I’m huge into spicing everything I cook up leaving so much delicious flavor! Organic Cilantro is something we often buy fresh in bunches but sometimes we don’t get around to using it all up right away. It tends to loose freshness rather quickly so it’s good to not let it go to waste by dehydrating it! You can do this in several different ways but we prefer using a food dehydrator.

I have had a Nesco FD-75A 700-Watt Food Dehydrator for about three years now and it’s still holding strong! I run my dehydrator every single day of the week in making snacks (apples, bananas, etc) for my whole family. I highly recommend this particular dehydrator  if you don’t already have one of your own.

Dehydrating Cilantro is extremely easy to do. I had Melody ( age 5 in less than 3 weeks) and Owen ( age 2 1/2 years old) help me with the process and they loved every bit of it. To start out you’ll want to wash the cilantro and then pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess water or you can use a salad spinner like I did.

Step 1. Set the dehydrator to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2. Place the cilantro onto the trays in a single layer and try to make sure none are over lapping.

Step 3.  Let the cilantro to dry in the dehydrator for up to 4-6 hours.

Step 4.  Remove leaves from the stems. The Cilantro should be crisp and brittle.

Step 5. Store in a dry dark place.

Step 6. Use as desired!

It’s really as easy as all that. If you have a lot of trays, you can make a larger batch so as to not run out so soon. Though it’s really easy to just get more and dehydrate it in no time at all.