How to Dry Homegrown Herbs: In The Pantry

The intense perfumes of the wild herbs as we trod them underfoot made us feel almost drunk. – Jacqueline du Pre

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When you dry homegrown herbs it doesn’t have to be difficult.  I have found a way that works for me that is quite simple and painless.  Of course, I also have a handy husband to make Home Made Drying Frames for me.  I would have been able to figure it out for myself eventually, but don’t tell him that. I prefer to let him keep his illusions. How to make a Home Made Drying Frame for Drying Fresh Herbs If you want to build your own frames, Tim has written down all the instructions and I have taken a few pictures to get you started.  We picked a very original name for them, Home Made Drying Frames.  See what I mean, original right? The nice thing about these Home Made Drying Frames is the ability to use them over and over again. There Frames will last for years.

Dry Homegrown Herbs

  • Wash your herbs and remove leaves from stems, discard stems.
  • Pick out any discolored or bruised leaves and discard.
  • Place leaves on frame leaving enough room in between leaves for air to circulate.
  • Cover with fine mesh gauze (or cheesecloth) and place in cool dry area until leaves are dry. Usually crisp to the touch.
  • Remove leaves and place in bowl. Gently break leaves to desired size.
  • Place in container and store out of sunlight.

Notes:

  • Several frames can be made and stacked on top of one another. Cover only the top frame with fine mesh gauze. 
  • When drying herbs keep them out of direct sunlight.  Herbs will loose color and flavor when they are left in the sun.
  • Make sure to label your herbs. Herbs look a lot alike when dried and it doesn’t take long before you will find yourself asking  “is this oregano or is this parsley?”
  • Date your herbs. For best quality and taste herbs should last about 6 months. They may last longer but just about the time quality is deteriorating, fresh herbs will be popping up in your garden.

How to Dry Homegrown herbs: In The Pantry

 

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