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Dehydrating Herbs

Dehydrator

Summer is in full swing, however my herbs are coming in faster than I can eat them or give them away.  My first line of defense is to dehydrate them.  It takes a little time, but will save  you so much money.  Dried herbs in the store are very expensive and you already paid for the herbs in your garden, so why not use them?

I have a 4 tower Dehydrator, not very expensive, but it works fine for me.  I got it from the local Farm & Fleet, but purchased a second one from Amazon.  I still purchased one with the motor and fan on the bottom, but if you can afford one that has the fan and motor on top, it is better.

I have not had a problem as I always put the plastic sheet cover (normally used for making fruit roll candy) on the bottom tray.  This helps catch any small pieces or drips (when making jerky) from going into the motor.

Follow the directions for drying in your dehydrator and then add test.  I have found the smaller herbs dry on time, but thicker herbs like onions may take longer.

Dehydrate in Bundles

You can dehydrate herbs by bundling them and hanging until dry, but you must put them somewhere with little or no moisture.  Wherever you hang them, they will need good air flow.  Check them after 24 hours and then again every 10-14 days.

Dehydrate in Dehydrator

You can dehydrate almost any herb or spice such as oregano, parsley, cilantro, dill and green onions. collection of herbs for you design

You can dehydrate herbs by bundling them and hanging until dry, but you must put them somewhere with little or no moisture.

No matter how you chose to dehydrate your herbs, they really must be dry.  Try not to do this when it is raining or humid outside.  I have, however done this when it is very hot outside and I have the air conditioner cranked in the house any way.  No moisture or humidity makes it a perfect time to dehydrate.

When you are sure they are dry, let them cool (if in a dehydrator).  Check again for any moisture and if there is none, put them into left over spice bottles and label them.

When I find I really am overloaded with herbs, I will put them into plastic bags, seal them and put them in the freezer so they last even longer.

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