23 Sep '11, 5pm

DIY drying and storing herbs: #DIY #herbs #gardening

DIY drying and storing herbs: #DIY #herbs #gardening

What I love about summer cooking is walking onto my back deck and snipping fresh herbs like basil, thyme, and sage for my dishes. Since my herbs have been growing outside and I live in Chicago, they are not long for this world in their current state. So, for the past few years I've been taking matters into my own hands and drying them for use throughout the winter. A couple benefits of drying my own herbs are that I don't have to buy many store-bought dried herbs and I know that my herbs are pesticide free. For DIY dried herbs, simply do the following. 1. Harvest your herbs. Make sure you cut herbs in the morning, before the heat of the afternoon sun wilts the leaves. 2. Tie bundles of herbs together at the stems, using thin twine or ribbon. 3. Hang your bundles to dry in a cool, dark place. I hang dry my herbs in a utility closet. Hang drying takes a week to a few weeks, ...

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