Saturday, June 27, 2009

Drying Herbs in a Paper Bag

I hadn't really dried herbs before except by hanging them up in bunches, which totally didn't work. The sunlight drains the flavor from the leaves. So, I found some helpful tidbits online about drying. I like the paper bag technique. Cut some herbs with as long stems as possible. Poke some air holes in a paper grocery bag using a fork. Snip some little slits near the top, big enough for the stems from your herb bunch to fit through. Poke them stems from inside to outside and tape to the bag. The photos show catnip, lemongrass, basil, mint and sage. Oh, and in a day or a few days the stems will shrink as they dry and you'll have to re-tape them to the bag so they don't fall. Let them dry for two weeks. Some sources said to toast them in an oven for a few minutes to make sure there is no moisture left, but they seemed really dry to me after 2 weeks.

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