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Growing your own herbs is a task that many people love to do. I makes you feel connected to the earth and like you’re living a full and natural life. But growing the herbs is just one task. The big thing is, what do you do with your herbs when they have grown?
Many people like to pick herbs and use them in cooking and medicines. Some people just keep them trimmed enough so they always have the scent of the herbs around their house. You can make essential oils out of them, put them in diffusers- the list goes on of ways to use homegrown herbs.
Something fun and quite resourceful to do with your herbs is to dry them.
Drying herbs gives you more shelf life with the herb and you can use them in cooking, teas and all other types of projects all year long.
This article is going to cover a lot of ways to dry herbs, so you can use them later or maybe your preferred way of using herbs is when they are dried.
This is probably the most common and popular way to dry herbs. It’s definitly the easiest, since all you need is a piece of string. When you air dry your herbs you can hang them inside or outside. You can also put them in a paper bag to help pull away the moisture from the leaves.
To air dry your herbs, gather about five to ten branches of your plant, lay them out on a paper towel or rag and pat dry. This removes any water droplets that are stuck to the leaves and might cause mold.
Then gather your branches back up and tie a string around the end.
Tie the string tightly enough so the plant doesn’t fall, but not so tight you smush the stalks of your plant. This is a fine line to walk, but it’s not that hard to figure out.
Then hang your plant up-side-down some place warm and dry, you can even hang them on your cloths line, making sure you bring them in at night.
Some prefer to put their plants in a paper bag with the stems sticking out of the top of the bag and then punch holes in the bag. This will help pull moisture away from the plant helping it to dry faster. This will also help your herbs from getting sun bleached if you hang them outside.
OVEN DRYING OR DEHYDRATING.
Oven drying or dehydrating your herbs is the next best thing to air drying. This method is also quick and easy, but I don’t find it as “user friendly” since you have to be home to make sure you don’t over dry anything.
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