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Drying Herbs from Your Backyard

Posted by | March 30, 2011

Have you wondered about drying herbs from your backyard? It’s easy to do and a wonderful way to “stretch” your garden into fall and winter. Rosemary, sage, thyme, summer savory and parsley are among the easiest to dry. Gather them after the dew has evaporated, tie them into small bundles, and hang them in a well ventilated place to dry.

Electric dehydrators are great for drying larger quantities or, microwave ovens may be used for smaller quantities.

Dried herbs are usually 3 to 4 times stronger than fresh herbs. To substitute dried herbs for fresh in a recipe, use 1/4 to 1/3 of the amount listed in the recipe.

If you would like more information about drying herbs, fruit leathers, and drying fruits and vegetables, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation on-line.