If you want to protect your herbs after harvest, the finest option you have is drying them. Drying herbs makes it possible for you to keep them for future use - for alternative medicines or for culinary cooking reasons. Drying your desired herbs makes them helpful for future medicinal and culinary reasons even when they aren't in your garden anymore. So do you have any tips on how to effectively dry your fresh herbs? If not, please read this article so that you will be properly guided.
Drying is a very important component in the effective preservation of newly harvested and fresh herbs. You can do this at home by simply using simple processes. Before drying your herbs, you first need to know if they are good to go for harvesting. For instance, the stems and leaves are most excellent harvested when they start to flower. In the same manner, flowers are also said to be finest harvested before they can start blooming. During spring, twigs and bark are finest gathered for harvest during autumn, when the leaves start to have a change in color for Rhizomes and roots.
When you're done harvesting, the next step is to wash the leaves, stems and roots carefully. It is very significant to wash the leaves since a majority of gardeners are using fertilizers to track how their herbs grow. Besides, who would want their family to eat foods rich in fertilizers? Cleanly-washed herbs will become safe for consumption. Consider the easy tips below:
1. Air-drying way
This is one of the most popular system for drying herbs. First, you have to remove any withered and dead leaves and tie them in small bunches. The next thing to do is to blanch them in boiling water for few seconds. Shake off any excess water from the leaves and allow it to dry. You may also use a towel to pat the leaves until it dries. The time-span of time that it will take for the herbs to dry depends on your house's temperature. Drying it naturally can sometimes take two to three days. One of the best indicators if the leaves and stems are already dry is when the herbs crack and also when the leaves are already brittle.
2.Drying herbs using an Oven Using an oven to dry herbs is also a great way to hold the freshness of the herbs harvested from your herb garden.When they are cleaned and ready to dry, you just simply place them in the oven. The temperature of the oven must be at least in the prescribed level during the course. It will only take an hour to dry the leaves in the oven.
3. Using the Microwave in Drying Herbs
Using the microwave to dry your newly harvested herbs is a basic and simple procedure.Skilled gardeners have been utilizing this method of drying herbs for quite some time now. Drying herbs using the microwave is easy but you have to be alert when you are doing this. A layer of herbs needs to be places in 2 sheets of kitchen roll that is absorbent and then put another in a paper towel layer. When you are finished, you can start the oven and commence drying.
So, are you ready to dry your herbs now? Start now by selecting what method you want to use in drying your herbs. But before anything else, don't forget to carefully wash your herbs.
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