Hanging Out with Herbs
Preserve Your Herbs for Fresh Flavor All Year Long
Air-drying herbs is an easy way to preserve your seasonal crop. After all, Mother Nature does most of the work. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have herbs at your disposal all year round – definitely worth the effort.
Step 1: Find a Dry Place Away From The Sun
You might think the kitchen is a natural place to air-dry herbs but smoke, and aromas from other foods can contaminate them. It’s better to find an out of the way, dry place. Maybe a dry cellar, or attic or unused bedroom.
Step 2: Wash
Examine your herbs stem-by-stem to make sure they’re clean. If necessary, gently wash and dry them thoroughly.
Step 3: Let them Hang
Tie your herbs securely in to small bunches with twine. This will assure good air circulation. When you’re done, hang them upside down to dry.
Step 4: The Crumble Test
Every couple of days, check to see how your herbs are doing. When the leaves crumble between your fingers, they’re ready. If your herbs aren’t drying properly, use a fan to improve air circulation.
Step 5: Use all Year Long
Keep your dried herbs in a cool, dry place. Glass jars are ideal. If they’re properly stored, your herbs will keep their color and flavor for about a year.
Read more about preserving your garden harvest for even more long lasting and tasty tips.
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