Monday, July 26, 2010

Drying Herbs

I started a small herb garden this year. Very small. But I love it. Instead of buying herbs, I can now just get them from my yard!

But what can I do to dry them and preserve them for winter?

Freezing: Some herbs are best preserved by freezing. Specifically, basil, cilantro, parsley & chives. I'm going to just put them in ziploc bags and put them in the freezer.

Air Dry: More specific instructions for air drying are to cut them at the stem, tie a string around them and hang them upside down until the leaves are crumbly. (Avoid crumbling the leaves, though as they hold more flavor before crumbling. Don't take them off the stems or crumble til you're ready to use them.) Store them away from heat and light for up to a year.

Frugal and yummy.

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