How to Dry Herbs

  1. Cut only healthy branches from your plants.
  2. Take any dry or diseased leaves off of your herbs.
  3. Make sure there are no insects on them.
  4. If needed, rinse with cool water and pat dry with paper towels. If the herbs are wet, they will mold or rot.
  5. Take the leaves off the bottom inch or two of the plant.
  6. Bundle a few branches together and tie into a bunch with a string or rubber band. The higher the water content of the herbs, the smaller your bundles
    should be.
  7. Hang upside down in a room with some ventilation, such as a closet.
  8. Wait 2 weeks, then place dried herbs in a jar with a lid and keep in a
    cool, dry cabinet away from sunlight.

Storing Dried Herbs

  1. Throw away any moldy herbs
  2. Zip lock bags or air tight containers should be used to store herbs.
  3. Label and date
  4. Leave the leaves whole and crush them before using for more flavor.
  5. Herbs are best if used within a year.
  6. When substituting dried herbs for fresh, use about 1 teaspoon dried herb
    in place of 1 tablespoon of fresh

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