Storing Dried Herbs

| 9/4/2013 9:54:39 PM

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I love fresh herbs- but what's even better is when you store them yourself from your own making! The best grocery store varieties have been sitting on the shelves/manufacturers warehouses for who knows how long and the best herbs have a shelf life of 6-12 months, depending on the variety. You can never be sure when they were harvested. So to get best flavor without pesticides and the costly price tag, drying and storing them yourself is the way to go. Herbs don't need much room to grow so you can grow them almost anywhere and they are easy. I store my harvested, dried herbs in glass baby jars and paint the TOPS of the lids white. I like to hand write my labels, as it adds a little bit of 'home' in the kitchen. You don't have to use baby jars, they are super easy and a great size for herbs but if you start looking at the jars you throw away- you will be amazed with the quality of glass shapes and lids you can reuse. Save a few over the next month or so and you'll know what I mean :)

I use this dehydrator Cheap, effective and easy.

You can use whatever dehydrator you like OR you can place your herbs, single layer on a row of paper towels to dry. You can also bunch them together with a rubberband or string and hang them to dry. If you use the dehydrator, they are dried in about 15 hours set at 95 degrees F with 5 racks full. If you chose to dry by hanging or laying on paper towels, it will take about 2 weeks. It is very important that you get your herbs completely dry before storing otherwise they will mold and spoil the entire jar.

9/7/2013 8:36:22 PM

Meg, keep it up and I'll have to try it. When I get my garden a little more under control then I'll try growing herbs. No, wait, that never happens does it. I guess I'll just have to plant some next year. :0) Have a great dried herb day.

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