Preserve Your Herbs
Dry and store your fresh summer herbs so you can enjoy them into fall!
Drying and Storing Herbs
What you'll need:
- Bunches of fresh herbs (such as basil, oregano, parsley)
- Airtight container
- Separate herbs into their own bunches.
- Cut off any extra herb stems.
- Tie each bunch at the stems with twine.
- Hang a line of twine in a dry place, preferably inside.
- Hang the bunches upside down on the line with clothespins. It takes approximately 5 days to dry herbs. Remove when dried and no moisture can be felt.
- Carefully pick the dried leaves off of the stems and store in an airtight container.
- To release the full flavor, crush the leaves just before adding to a recipe.
What you'll need:
- Length of 1/2-inch rope (about 12 inches long)
- Raffia wire
- 2 bunches of lavender
- 2 bunches of sage
- Loop the 1/2-inch rope in half and secure just below the loop with raffia wire.
- Wrap the bunches of lavender and sage with raffia wire.
- Attach the first bunch of lavender near the bottom of the rope with raffia wire.
- Overlap the first bunch of sage a few inches higher up on the rope with wire.
- Repeat with the second bunch of lavender.
- Repeat with the second bunch of sage.
- Wrap a bow with the ribbon at the top of last bunch of sage.
- Hang in a warm dry place.
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