There's no need for you to buy dried herbs again after you've learned how to dry herbs at home.
5 Easy Steps On How To Dry Herbs
This post is courtesy of diyprojects.com and shared with permission.
Have you ever wanted to dry your own herbs? If you have a herb garden and haven’t taken advantage of drying your own herbs then perhaps now is the time to try it! There are many ways to approach this process, we’ve only brought you one, which is very DIY in the kitchen, but it is among the simplest methods. We got this great tutorial from Design Mom in order for you to do so. You can also click here for the full tutorial.
Popular herbs to dry are sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint, tarragon, and basil. They are all often used in the kitchen for an array of recipes. Herbs like cilantro and parsley are so inexpensive to buy fresh, so you may want to consider not spending time on drying them. Laurel or Bay leaves are very easy to dry if you’re lucky enough to have them growing in your garden.
Start out by cutting large, sturdy stems of your herb of choice. If you aren’t planning on drying them immediately, you can store them in jars of water as you would fresh flowers. The best time of day to harvest herbs is in the morning. The best time to harvest herbs during the growing season is when they are plentiful and lush — not when they are starting to wilt and have dried out from the summer heat. Some herbs grow well into the fall (sage, parsley, rosemary, thyme), so use them fresh until the frost comes and harvest those you want to dry before the first hard frost.
Step 1: Wash The Herb Stem
Carefully wash each stem by swishing it in a bowl of cool water. Allow them to air dry on a cooling rack or strainer, or by gently blotting with a soft towel.
Step 2: Weave The Twine
Carefully weave twine through the sturdiest bottom stems and the main stem. Leave a good length of string at the end.
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Step 3: Hang Herbs
Hang herbs upside down in an area that is cool and dry. I prefer to hang mine in my kitchen because I’m in there every day and I don’t forget to check on them.
Although fresh herbs have that clean, spring-like beauty, and bright flavor, dried herbs also has its own perks. But what's best of knowing how to dry herbs is that it will give you a brand new taste, experience, and connection to the food you prepare and eat. So make it habit of growing your own herbs and preserving them in your homestead!
Will try drying your own herbs? Let us know in the comments section below.
Want to know what herbs and spices to grow in your garden? Check out here, 15 Healing Herbs And Spices To Grow In Your Garden and you'll have both food and medicine right at your doorstep!
This post was originally published in July 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.