Sunday, August 10, 2014

Drying Basil


Several of you questioned me about my technique for drying basil.  I have to say that is couldn't be any simpler.  

I grow a washtub of basil outside my backdoor each season.  



When it is mature, I pick the leaves.   I lay them on a linen dishtowel in an out of the way place.  


At my house it takes about a week, on average, for the leaves to dry on their own.  When they are ready I loosely package them into whatever leftover Mason jars I have at my disposal.  




I use the basil all winter long for pasta sauces, lasagna, etc...   If I have extra I I share with friends.  Although I have a dehydrator, this method has worked the best for me over the years.  





32 comments:

  1. It's alive and well in our garden too. LOVE it!

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  2. Hi Michelle, This is just an excellent idea. Good even for those who have to buy basil at the grocery. John

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  3. We grow basil as well. It's really great with any tomato-based sauce or dish, both dried and fresh! I like to use it fresh for pesto!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  4. You'll get me domesticated yet . . . . lol
    Fascinating
    Eddie


    Clouds and Silvery Linings

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  5. Lucky you! Growing basil just doesn't seem to be something that agrees with me...

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  6. basil is the one seasoning (besides pepper) that i use a lot of. never grown it, though.

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  7. Ooh, I'd love to have a tub of basil!! Oh, well, next year. It is so easy to grow but this summer has been all mixed up with moving so I don't have a pot of it now. I love it fresh and use it dried all through the year, but never thought to dry my own. Hmmm........

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  8. Looks pretty easy. Enjoy your Sunday.

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  9. I love the fragrance and taste of basil.

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  10. I never knew it was that easy. i think I need to grow some basil!

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  11. I have some basil and need to try this. I love the smell.

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  12. You are a clever girl, Michelle, and a born teacher!

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  13. You make it sound so easy! Thanks!!

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  14. Thanks so much for the info on Basil, Francine.

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  15. Your're right, this couldn't be any easier. I love basil, one of my favorite herbs. I get upset when there is a bunch left in the fridge and it goes 'off'. Now I think I will do it this way.

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  16. I don't have any recipes for basil. :-{

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  17. Thank you. I always have extra, even after a flurry of pesto making!

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  18. Or you could be a kitchen heathen like me and use the "warm" setting on the oven...takes about an hour, and keeps the color. In fact I read that when drying herbs, the faster you can dry it, the better the color it keeps...but yours has excellent color so you must have found an excellent spot for drying! I dry mostly wild catnip so time is of the "essence" LOL we get gassed out by the skunk mint smell though ...and the cats paw at the oven ;p

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  19. i bet your house smells heavenly. yum!! i love basil. ( :
    tomato sauce - etc!! i am hungry now.

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  20. Thanks, Michelle! I love this! What a great idea to grow the basil in a washtub. I might steal your idea (but give the credit to you!) Have a good week. xo Karen

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  21. Thanks! I adore basil in everything and so smart to dry it yourself...on my list this week.

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  22. Mom has a vase of basil on her balcony, and does almost the same thing you do...

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  23. Thanks for sharing, Michelle. can't wait to try this.
    have a great week..

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  24. I want to do this! The idea of growing basil in a tub outside the back door sounds delightful!

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  25. I need to do that with my basil. What a good idea!

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  26. I like the simplicity of this method. I'll have to try it!

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  27. Nice! In the past I've used our dehydrator and the leaves go brown. I probably have burned them... I'll need to do this method this year! Thanks!

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  28. Hi Michelle, Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the info on your teaching. Second grade is wonderful ... I've always admired elementary teachers. I've always thought that, at least, at that age, kids had a real desire to learn. The kids who wanted to learn made it all worth it to me. Of course, as you will know, by the time they get to high school many of them have decided there are more important things than learning. Ha ha. Now, on a different subject, I just happened to scroll down to the bottom of the page here and found your moon phase app. That is really cool! Take care and thank you for your comments on my blog. John

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  29. That is so simple I think I can do it

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  30. oh I had no idea!! I am so embarrassed to say that I have thrown out basil!! Never again!!

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  31. I tried freezing, but it turned brown. Basil is terribly unfond of water. My solution was to make pesto when Inhad an abundance.

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