View Full Version : Drying Fresh Herbs?
09-25-2005, 07:20 PM
I usually buy fresh herbs to put in my raw recipes, but I always have a bunch left over. Does anyone know a good/right way to dry them out for longer storage. My aunt grows them in her yard, and I think she just hangs them on a clothes-line-type string in her kitchen. Or, I do have a dehydrator, but I didn't know if that would not work as well for "small" herb leaves. Does anyone have a method they use? My goal is to dry them and store them in spice jars like the kind you buy at the store.
09-26-2005, 05:14 AM
I have dehydrated oragano but they are large leaves and they turned out great. I then put them in a plastic bag and crushed them by just rolling the bag in my hands. You can put parchment sheet under small leaves in the dehydrator so they will not get lost but when you are placing them in a container after completion then do so over a clean counter top as you will be picking a lot of it up again.
09-26-2005, 07:41 PM
Dehydrating herbs is the only use my dehydrator gets now. It works great and makes the house smell nice :) I love dehydrating sage.
Lemon and orange rind smells great too.
I once put my dehydrator in my dining room on the floor when dehydrating strawberries because it smelled so incredible :).
You can also hang them upside down, tied in a bunch. Works for preserving a favorite bouquet too.
09-27-2005, 01:23 PM
If you grow them yourself you can place them on the stalks in the dehydrator, then crumble the leaves and toss the stems.
You can also place a mesh dehydrator screen on top of the herbs to keep them from blowing around in your dehydrator too.
or you can hang them, this works, if you have air circulation.
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