Drying Herbs

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  1. queen 7

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    Ok my herb garden has been a joy this summer, I only had 2 types of parsley, garlic, lemon mint, oregano, basil and regular mint...so many dishes I made including my rubs I put on my meats...

    So now with summer coming to a close...how do I go about drying my herbs to jar them for use in the winter
     
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  3. chicagoterry

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    Make a pesto with the basil--just olive oil and the basil in the food processor (leave out the garlic and use fresh when you use the pesto)--and freeze it in ice cube trays rather than trying to dry it. Drying it leaves you with a grey-green flavorless powder. Freezing it in oil gives you a jolt of summer in the dead of winter.

    The oregano should be fine just hung upside down on the branches, out of direct light.

    Mint will dry to a state that is OK for some things but it really depends on the kind of mint it is. Try hanging it upside down on it's branches, too.
     
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  6. queen 7

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    Ok thank you I will try this...Thank you
     
  7. queen 7

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    Hi, Chicago Terry lemon mint is leafy and viney like, my other mint is the corocasin  type very short...if I can dry it I can put it in a tea scoop and steep in hot water for my tea...I have it outside as a deer and rabbit repellent as well as my consumption...I potted it though not sure what soil type I have yet...Thanks for your response...Take care ...Happy cooking