Herbs aren’t cheap. So I decided to try and dry my own. FOR SCIENCE!
We had several basil plants that were flowering and looking beautiful, as well as a little dill growing wildly on our plot. I’ve let it hang for a week or two now and took a bunch down to see how it turned out.
After plucking off all the leaves and putting them in a recycled spice jar, it looks like what I’d buy at the store, only not chopped up yet, and it still smells like basil! Success! I have no idea how long I’m supposed to let it dry, but it seems crispy and still smells good, so I’m assuming I did it right, which means I’ll probably poison us all this winter with it somehow. On top of basil and a little bit of dill sprig, I also harvested the dill seeds to plant next year.
It’s all over the community garden by self propagation, and it’s obviously suited itself swimmingly to our climate, so I made sure to bundle up a jar of them to spread copiously in our garden because I want a healthy dill crop for when I decide to make pickles!
I recently got a food dehydrator that I’m going to try using for drying herbs. But for my lovely readers who only have an oven, I found a video about drying your own herbs in a matter of hours: