Drying Herbs



When it comes to drying herbs, air drying is the best way. It is a slow drying process but doesn’t deplete the herbs of their essential oil, it is also the most inexpensive way to dry herbs.

Air drying herbs works best with herbs that don't have high moisture content like Bay, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Summer Savory and Thyme.

Herbs that have high moisture content like Basil, Chives, Mint, and Tarragon are best dried in a dehydrator.

Never use a microwave or oven to dry herbs as it cooks all the oil content and flavor from the herbs.

Harvesting

-Harvest before flowering.

-Mid morning before plants start to wilt form the hot sun in the afternoon.

-Late summer is a good time to begin drying your herbs before the non-hardy herbs get affected by the cooler months.

How To Dry Herbs

-Only cut healthy branches from your herb plants remove any damaged or diseased leaves.

-Remove the lower leaves along the bottom 2cm off the branch.

-Then bundle 4 - 6 branches together and tie as a bunch. You can use string or a rubber band to tie the bundles together. Make small bundles if you are trying to dry herbs with high water content.

-Place in a paper bag with the name of the herb on the outside. Put some holes in the bag to stop the herbs from sweating.

-Place the herb bundle upside down, tie of the end of the bundle and paper bag together.

-Hang upside down in an airy room until dry checking every week until they are fully dry and ready for storage.

Storing Dried Herbs

Store your dried herbs in air tight containers like zip closing bags or even small jam containers.

You will need to label and date each container.

By storing your herbs as whole leaves they will retain more flavor. Just cut up as you use them for cooking your favorite dish.

Dried herbs are best used within a year and should be stored in a cool dry place away from sunlight.

If your dried herbs lose their color, they are also losing flavor. Any herbs showing signs of mould should be thrown out.

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