Like how much of something do you REALLY want to grow?
Basil is one of my favorite herbs. I love the smell of it and of course the fresh taste it gives foods like a nice salad, homemade pizza, and sauces.
So the hubster thought it would be a good idea to start three basil plants at one time.
Little did we know that they would all TAKE OFF and produce lots and lots of beautiful basil.
I’ve given lots of it away, but than I decided to try my hand at drying.
It actually turned out really well… and it was so easy!!
(The basil is grown in the long tubular things to the right in the picture)
How to Dry Basil
Gather your clippings of basil and your dehydrator
* I read on one web site where they washed the basil and than put it in a salad spinner. I chose not to do that. Our basil is organic, and after inspecting each bunch, I determined that I wanted to keep the basil as fresh as possible so I didn’t wash it. But I would HIGHLY suggest it if 1. you didn’t grow it yourself or 2. you recently sprayed and there is a possibility of chemicals on the leaves.
Next, pick the basil leaves off the stems and place on your dehydrator trays
Once you have all your basil laid out on the trays, plug in your dehydrator and walk away.
Now my dehydrator is a very simple one. No settings or such, but I have seen some that have settings for particular items, like herbs and meats, or temperatures. So if yours has settings.. well set it on Herbs than.
I let mine sit over night. Checking on it a few times to see how the drying was going.
After about 8 hours, the basil was dry and ready to be packed up.
I placed my dry basil leaves into a quart size freezer bag, labeled them with the date and than crushed it a little by hand.
I’m looking forward to when I can pull this out of the freezer and add it to some of the sauces I’ll be making with the tomatoes we have growing.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Drying.