Harvesting and Preserving Herbs

If you have herbs growing like crazy but just can’t use them fast enough, you are not alone! Try these methods to harvest and preserve your herbs so they don’t have to go to waste. Remember three steps: Harvest, Preserve and Store. For more go to: http://livedan330.com/2013/06/30/2013625harvesting-and-preserving-herbs/ and don't forget to follow us on Hometalk!
Bunch drying: hang tied bunches of herbs upside down on an indoor clothesline, pegs, nails, or drying rack in a dark and dry location.
Screen drying: use a screen door or window, a wire rack, or a plastic tray with a grid bottom. Cover with paper towels, cheesecloth, muslin, or old nylons. Place herbs in a single layer on the tray and allow as much air as possible to flow around them by elevating the tray. Place the tray in a dark and dry location.
Bag drying: place bunched herbs in a paper bag and tie closed. Hang the bag upside down on an indoor clothesline, pegs, nails, or drying rack in a dry location.
Freezing: place clean, whole or chopped herbs into freezer bags. Or, puree herbs in blender with oil or water, and place in ice cube trays. Generally, blend 2 cups of washed foliage to 1 1/2 cups of water, or 6 cups of foliage to 1/2 cup of oil. Store bags or cubes in freezer.
Oven drying: briefly and cautiously finish drying herbs in a 100 degree Fahrenheit oven or 125-150 degree Fahrenheit oven with the door left open a bit.
Storing preserved Herbs in mason jars.

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  • Silvan Johnson Silvan Johnson on Jul 02, 2013
    You can still buy paper lunch bags in grocery stores....as least we can here in upstate NY

  • Rebecca Roff Rebecca Roff on Apr 30, 2017
    What a WONDERFUL idea, I quit growing fresh herbs for that reason alone, just didn't really know how to freeze them and have them taste fresh...didn't think about olive oil .... duh ... Thank you for the reminder :-)