Dragonfly Treasure: How To Dry Herbs From Your Garden
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

How To Dry Herbs From Your Garden

Preserve Your Herbs
Growing herbs is just half the fun. Cooking with them and tasting the efforts of your work is icing on the cake! Here are some simple ways to preserve your homegrown herbs.

Long Stemmed Leafy Herbs

1.  Harvest them in the early morning just after the dew has dried off the leaves.
2.  Remove any soil/dirt/dust by rinsing them under cool water.
3.  Shake off excess water.
4.  Gently pick off any dead or discolored leaves with your fingers.
5.  Gather stems into small bunches and tie off with rubber bands. The rubber bands will hold as the stems dry and shrink.

6.  Hang bunches in a dark, cool, dust free, well-ventilated area.
7.  Take down bunches in 2-3 weeks, when they are dry.
8.  Strip leaves from stems.
9.  Store leaves in glass jars, plastic bags, bottles or even clean film containers.


Short Stemmed Herbs and Flower Petals

1.  Choose an area with good ventilation and no direct sunlight.
2.  Place on clean newspaper.

3.  Strip fresh petals from stems and place them in a single layer on the newspaper. For tiny leaves, place leaves still on the stems on the newspaper.

4.  Turn leaves often to ensure both sides of the leaves are exposed to the air and dry completely.
5.  Remove from newspaper in 7-10 days when leaves are completely dried.  Timing will depend on temperature.


6. Store for later use in plastic bags, jars, bottles, or clean film containers.

Pick herbs early in the day for the strongest flavor.

Now go in the kitchen and experiment!


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