Today I had a HUGE to-do list. It was mega laundry day. One task I had going on in between laundry loads, was drying my own fresh herbs. It is seriously super simple and extremely economical. I know I’ve been going on and on about my lemon basil, and here I go again. It is such a refreshing herb and really has the smell and taste of lemon. (Try it in my A-mazing Roasted Potatoes) I’ve dehydrated many herbs, but this was my first time with the lemon basil. I also dried regular basil that came in this week’s CSA . You can really see the difference in the two.
Here is what you will need…
- Fresh Herbs
- Cookie sheet lined with foil
- Small salad spinner
- Glass jars for storage
-First thing you will need to do is preheat your oven to 170°
-Next, remove all the leaves from your Herbs, discarding the stems and any seeds.
-Then wash and dry your herbs. I like to wash them in the salad spinner, then drain the water and spin out the excess.
-Your oven should be pre-heated (and if you’re me you’ve stopped and done more laundry) and your herbs are clean and dry, so all you need to do now is spread the herbs onto foil-lined cookie sheets and pop them in the oven.
-Check your herbs every 10-15 minutes. (Or after you’ve folded all those clean towels.) When all the leaves feel dry and crisp and you can crumble them easily in your fingers, you know they are done. Mine today took about 40 minutes. Take them out of the oven and crumble them all until it looks like this.
-Final step. After they are completely cooled, use the foil to pick up the dried herbs and pour them into clean jars. The jars I used today were originally bought with spices in them. Once I used all the contents I saved the jars to reuse with my own dried herbs. Make sure you label and date your jars, too.
Now you’re done! Aren’t they pretty?
If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them!