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How To Dry Basil

Basil is an easy herb to grow in your garden or in a container on your deck. Basil is pretty enough to be grown along side of your other flowering perennials. You can see the full tutorial here: http://diydesignfanatic.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-dry-basil.html

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  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Aug 8, 2012

    While dried basil is awesome....I find pesto to be a better use, it is pretty easy to find ample dried basil in the spice ailse. finding good pesto in much harder...at least in my area where herb gardens a rare. when I did have my garden I would make pesto (basil, olive oil, fresh garlic) in my food processor and then freeze it in 1/2 cup or so batches. Fresh homemade pesto in the dead of winter is divine.

  • Carol S
    Carol S Woodstock, GA
    on Aug 10, 2012

    We also love fresh pesto and with only 5 plants I've made 6 batches already and the plants are still going strong. I'd love to learn of a quick way to remove the leaves. I guess I have so much it just seems to take forever to pinch them off with fingers! I dry a new batch each year for cooking.

  • Diy Design Fanatic
    Diy Design Fanatic Charlotte, NC
    on Aug 12, 2012

    I use a pair of scissors to cut off the leaves.

  • Carol S
    Carol S Woodstock, GA
    on Aug 13, 2012

    Thanks, DIY-I just find that my fingers are even faster than the scissors.

  • Dee
    Dee Independence, IA
    on Feb 15, 2014

    I have always grown chives, This year i grew alot of herbs in pots on the deck.I dried and put in jars (square Jars is my vote) with the shaker tops. I did however bring my rosemary in and put it in my kitchen window. I have used alot of it this winter. Looking forward to planting again in spring. We have a farmers market in my little town and i had some great conversations with a lady there about herbs.Will try to plant some in the ground this year .Hope they come back.

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