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Harvesting and Drying Herbs
Herb gardeners are special people. They are avid gardeners who know that home grown herbs have the best flavor and aroma. Harvesting and drying herbs is an important part of their gardening hobby. It results in outstanding flavor and aroma in the kitchen, in decorating, and in craft projects.
The best time to harvest herbs is in the morning.
The oils in herbs gives them their aroma and flavor. Oils are at their highest concentration in the plants in the morning hours. Pick herb leaves using a sharp knife, pruning scissors, or shears.
Immediately after harvesting, wash them in gently in cool water.
There are two ways to dry herbs:
The first way, is to spread the herbs out on a drying rack.
The second is to tie plants in a loose bundle, and hang them upside down to dry.
It is essential to dry herbs in a cool, dry place where there is good ventilation. This minimizes the likelihood of mold forming on the herbs while they are drying.
Before storing away, make sure your herbs are completely dry. It will take a few days. When in doubt, leave it out to dry another day or two.
After herbs are completely dried, they can be cut up as desired and stored for future use.
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