Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Simply Drying Herbs

Dill, Parsley and Oregano
Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  Today, we are going to discuss drying herbs to use in our recipes.  It may seem like a lot of work, but actually it's not.  All you need is string, paper bags and of course, the herbs.  Drying your own herbs is a great way to reap the fruits of your own harvest.  Your recipes will have a more robust flavor from using your own! As a bonus, the herbs are free too!  First, you will just need to clip some stalks from the plants you want to harvest.  You will want to do this early in the day before the heat drys off too much of the plant's oils. You don't need to wash them unless you have used any chemicals on them previously. If you need to wash them, then pat them dry with a paper towel after the rinse. Also, remove any dead or dying leaves from the plants.  Next, you will bundle them together and tie them snugly with a string and place them upside down in a paper bag. Now, they're in a snuggie!  Yes, it was a bad joke, but I couldn't help myself.  Make sure to put holes in the bags so air continues to circulate.  By doing this, it will keep any mold from forming due to any moisture.  Finally, you will hang them in a warm dry place outside from the kitchen.  Usually, they will be ready in 2 weeks.  If they have not completely dried, then allow another week to pass and check again.  After they have dried, then you will want to store them in an air tight container.  The herbs will last you from 6-12 months.  See, its not difficult at all.  Have a great day and check back with us on Friday for the Recipe of the Week.

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