How to dry fresh basil.
You may ask why we are bringing up drying basil in the dead
of winter? Well, we think you should be
planning now what herbs, flowers, and plants you want to grow in garden
containers this coming spring. So maybe
if we tell you how to dry potted basil (popular herb) and why you want to dry it, you
will include it in your coming garden décor.
Dried basil in flowerpots can be used in so many cooking recipes. Sauces, pesto, chicken and pasta dishes. It really is one of the most used and desired
herbs you can pot and grow at home. And,
have you ever priced basil at the grocery store? argh.
If you donít want to grow your own basil in flowerpots you
can always dry any fresh basil that you purchase at the grocery store.
After harvesting the basil grown in clay planters, make sure
itís gently washed. Lay the basil
bunches in a dish strainer or on a kitchen towel where they can dry
completely. Remove as much stem as
possible because they donít dry so well.
Preheat your oven to the lowest setting. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread
leaves out so they arenít touching. Place in the oven for around 1 to 2 hrs.
checking every 15 mins or so. You donít
want the leaves to burn but just feel dry to the touch. Remove and cool completely. Now you can crumble it up removing any
stems. Bottle the crumbles and store in
a cabinet out of sunlight.
See how simple this is! You can easily
grow and dry your own basil in almost any size and kind of flowerpot. By using a clay planter instead of planting
directly into your yard or garden, you can container the roots from spreading. We like to grow all herbs in terracotta clay
instead of other types of garden pottery because the clay will breathe and that
is good for creating healthy roots. So,
if you have clay flowerpots or any clay planters laying around use those
first. Just make sure they are large
enough to hold the number of herbs you want to grow.
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