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How To Dry Herbs

July 11, 2011

The medicinal herb share from the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA came with instruction on how to dry herbs.  Drying herbs is a great way to enjoy your garden all year round!

Dried blue hyssop

  1. Cut healthy branches from your herb plants.
  2. Remove any dry or diseased leaves.
  3. Shake gently to remove any insects.
  4. If necessary, rinse with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.  Wet herbs will mold and rot.
  5. Remove the lower leaves along the bottom inch or so of the branch.
  6. Bundle 4-6 branches together and tie as a bunch.  You can use string or a rubber band.  The bundles will shrink as they dry and the rubber band will loosen, so check periodically that the bundle is not slipping.  Make small bundles if you are trying to dry herbs with high water content.
  7. Punch or cut several holes in a paper bag.  Label the bag with the name of the herb you are drying.
  8. Place the herb bundle upside down in the bag.
  9. Gather the ends of the bag around the bundle and tie closed. Make sure the hers are not crowded inside the bag.
  10. Hang the bag upside down in a warm, airy room.
  11. Check in about two weeks to see how things are progressing.  Keep checking weekly until your herbs are dry and read to store.

Stay tuned for storage instructions!

Also, check out the Lancaster Farm Fresh Farmacy blog!

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