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  • 05-09-2010 10:31 AM

    • Brandy
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    Drying Herbs

     What method do you use to dry your herbs or do you simply freeze for cooking?

     

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  • 05-09-2010 11:10 AM In reply to

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    I've seen them being dried by just hanging them in the attic. I've also heard that you can dry them in a microwave oven or using a dehydrator.

  • 05-09-2010 12:46 PM In reply to

    Re: Drying Herbs

    This is from someone who's just learning.

     

    I didn't want to invest in a dehydrator, so I dried basil, thyme, parsley, dill and celery greens (individually, of course) on a cookie sheet in my electric oven on the on/off cycle. It took at least several hours.

     

    I let it sit overnight then tested it to see if it was nice and crumbly. Once it was all totally dry, I packed it in spice containers I had saved.

     It worked beautifully!

     

    And home dried herbs really do taste better! I especially look forward to doing thyme again.

     

    So, very, very cheap. No special equipment and I got a product I use.

     Big Smile

    bw

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  • 05-09-2010 12:54 PM In reply to

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     I dry parsley, rosemary & dill in the dehydrator on the herb setting ( which is very low heat).  Works great & takes about 6 hours for the parsley & 10-12 or overnight for the ones with stems.

  • 05-09-2010 2:51 PM In reply to

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    I often use the dehydrator simply because I haven't arranged a good place to hang them to dry. I do freeze also. AM
  • 05-09-2010 2:55 PM In reply to

    • gayla50
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    Re: Drying Herbs

    I dry all my herbs I can it been that way for years

     I love grow my own herbs

    they are doing vey well these year   

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  • 05-10-2010 9:53 AM In reply to

    • Zeus
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    Re: Drying Herbs

     Well, I dehydrated a lot of fruit, vegs, lemon peels, etc under my wood stove this past winter with successful results. I also plan on trying out the car as my new mode of dehydration as temps warm up.   However, I think I'll pull out the dehydrator for the garlic, onions, etc. It would be a bad thing if my car smelled like an onion factory. Stick out tongue

  • 05-13-2010 11:09 PM In reply to

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    gayla50:
    they are doing vey well these year   
     

    Today I looked at the parsley as I passed the flower bed with a handful of weeds, & it is starting to go to seed already - - in early May!

    I need to cut it & dehydrate it while I can - quickly. Wink

  • 05-14-2010 12:34 AM In reply to

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    zohnerfarms:
    Today I looked at the parsley as I passed the flower bed with a handful of weeds, & it is starting to go to seed already - - in early May!
    Be sure to let some of it go to seed and you'll soon have a new crop. AM
  • 05-14-2010 9:45 AM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Drying Herbs

    zohnerfarms:
    oday I looked at the parsley as I passed the flower bed with a handful of weeds, & it is starting to go to seed already
     

    Wow, mine is just starting to come up. I have them in my faux barrel planter in the front yard.

    People keep asking me what flowers I have out there...oh some onion, parsley and a sprinkling of wildflowers. I get some odd looks. They work with a historical reproduction house where I am trying to achieve an old country look. Hehe.

     

     

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