Monday, October 10, 2011

Drying Out Fresh Herbs

Drying out fresh herbs is a great way to stock up on your spices for the winter...and to save a few dollars, too!  In the picture below, I am drying out basil that a coworker gave me.  My parents have a lot of herbs in their garden that I am going to pick and dry out before the first frost. 

Here is how I did it:

1.  Cut herbs (or receive cut ones from your coworkers, friends, etc.)
2.  Lay them flat on a dish rag.
3.  Let them dry.  It can take up to 5 days.
4.  Crumble the leaves up and place in an air tight container.

We have not had our first frost of the fall, so I need to go ahead and gather all the herbs before they die.  I cannot wait to use these fresh, dried herbs in my soups and other recipes!

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