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How To Dry Your Own Herbs

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Drying your own herbs really couldn't be much easier.  It only requires a few simple tools and a couple easy steps.  Hey, if I can do it...  

This is the time of year that my herb garden overflows to the point that I know I won't be able to use all my fresh herbs before they succumb to the cooler Autumn months ahead.  So now was the perfect time to harvest my herbs to dry them for later.  Incidentally, I did leave enough in the garden to keep using what is left for now. 

Here are the only tools that you will need.  Paper bags, a hole punch, and some twine.  That's it!  So let's get started.

Begin by labeling each bag with the name of the herb that you will be drying inside.  Then punch holes throughout the bag.  The holes will help with the drying process, allowing air to move through the bag. 

Next, take your harvested herbs and tie them off at one end with a small length of twine. 

Then place your herbs inside the bag, and tie the bag shut with another piece of twine.  The bag will also collect any herbs that fall in the drying process. 

That's all there is to it!  I told you it was easy.  Hang your bags in a cool and dry place for about a month.  They will be good and dried by then and ready for use as dry herbs.  

Note: I hung all my Italian herbs together in the pantry but decided to hang my mint separately because it has a noticeably different scent and taste, and I didn't want to "mix" them.  That's really my only word of caution regarding this process.  

Here's looking forward to cooler months ahead and lots of yummy spicy dishes made with my very own dried herbs!

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