Drying herbs like Basil...... using the Q-MATZ

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by daveomak, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sweet Basil is an herb that adds great flavor to many dishes.....  

    Over the years, I have tried drying many herbs and this method seems to work well for me.....

    Since acquiring the Q-MATZ, from A-MAZE-N Products, life just got a lot easier....  

    Not only are they for your BBQ stuff, (non stick, easy clean up) they are great for your

    dehydrator also...   I use parchment on the bottom so stuff that has sugars, like garlic, grapes, cherries

    don't stick, and it's cheap......

    Well, herbs do well with parchment also, and even better with the Q-MATZ holding the leaves in place so

    the forced draft of the dehydrator doesn't re arrange them.... LOL.....     

    Here are the leaves on parch......


    Here they are with the MATZ holding them in place.....

    The MATZ allow for great air circulation and speedy drying.....


    I set the dryer to 110 deg F....  herbs dry nicely, keep their color,

    and retain the essential oils for great flavor.....


    24 hours at 110F....  color still there and the taste is almost

    like fresh picked......  

    If you dry anything or make beef jerky in a dehydrator, Q-MATZ

    will be a great tool in your home food preservation arsenal....


    The leaves lost a bit of color.....   Bride had cherries in the dehydrator....

    I didn't know it....  So I had to put the basil in the freezer for 2 days until

    the cherries were dry.....   For some reason, she did not want her cherries

    to taste like basil......    Go Figure.......   

    Dave
     
  2. Nice post Dave [​IMG]   I have always chopped my basil in a food processor with a bit of olive oil & then froze it. I have a friend growing some herbs for me & I will have to give your way a try. Those Q-Matz look nice - I will have to get some when I get working again  [​IMG]
     
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cool ....haven't thought about that one!

    Kat
     
  4. paul01

    paul01 Newbie

    Ya its great idea.. I will also try this... Thanks for the info...
     
  5. newsmokeguy

    newsmokeguy Smoke Blower

    are those mats expensive?
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. newsmokeguy

    newsmokeguy Smoke Blower

    thx daveomak
     

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