7 Jun 2011

Drying Fresh Herbs - How To Dry Herbs At Home

I often wish that my garden produce would last a little longer. With herbs they can be easily dried and stored for use at any time of the year. There's nothing like the fresh smell of herbs in cooking, plus with a tasty herb it cuts down on the need for salt and pepper - making us healthier!


5 Steps On Drying Herbs

1. Harvest the herbs by pinching from the top of the plant and wash them
2. Tie them with a band
3. Hang upside down in a cool place
4.Take down in 2-3 weeks or when dry and brittle
5. Strip leaves and store in an airtight container

The drying process can be sped up by oven drying or microwave drying.

Oven Drying Herbs
Spread the leaves on a baking tray and put the oven on the lowest temperature such as Gas Mark 1for an hour (approx). When dry, roll over with a rolling pin and put herbs in an airtight container.

Microwave Drying Herbs
In the microwave place the herbs between kitchen paper and put on for 30 seconds at a time for 3 minutes and place the herbs in an airtight container.

What Herbs Can Be Dried?
Any herb can be dried but these work really well: Thyme, Basil, Mint, Marjoram, Dill, Chervil, Parsley and Tarragon.

Preserve Herbs By Freezing
You can also keep your herbs in the freezer.

1. Wash and pat dry the herbs.
2. Chop the herbs or rip the leaves and stuff into ice cube trays (silicon trays are the best)
3. Fill the tray half way with water and place in the freezer
4. If the leaves are emerging, add more water and refreeze
5. Keep in the ice cube trays and use by popping a cube into your casserole or soup for added fresh flavour.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info. I have an herb garden and i love the fresh oregano, basil, rosemary, and all those wonderful smelling herbs. Here is a picture of the garden. We just had our first irrigation turn.
    http://hoboheart.com/home-garden/garden-2/grow-my-pretties-grooow/
    our herb garden is separate. Thanks for the useful instructions. I love making rolls with a bit of garlic butter and rosemary on top.

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  2. Hi, glad you are a herb lover. I love your pics on your site, I'll add you to my blogroll. Thanks for stopping by, come along again!

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  3. Thanks for the info on drying herbs. I planted lots of herbs in the garden this year. I need to find some nice jars to store them in after drying.

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  4. Ooo lovely, what kind of herbs have you planted? I've got some red basil seeds to do next year.

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