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Old 08-02-2007, 04:15 PM   #11
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Here's a guide to drying and preserving herbs from Clemson University, SC:

Drying Herbs, Seeds & Nuts - HGIC @ Clemson University

They give a few ways, including air, microwave, dehydrator...
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:24 AM   #12
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Does the olive oil and blender method work well for other herbs? I grew oregano, parsley, thyme, marjoram, and chives as well. With the cold Canadian winter coming, I would like to do something to preserve them.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:16 PM   #13
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I don't have a dehydrator.
Didn't Alton Brown rig up a dehydrator with a couple of filters tied to a box fan ?
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:20 PM   #14
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I have dried all kinds of herbs just hanging till they are dry, then crumbling and putting in air tight containers. Basil seems to be good both dry and frozen. I think the key to avoiding the cobweb/dust problem is to move them to containers as soon as they are dry. This year I am trying to dry them in brown paper lunch bags, redistributing them every day.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:57 PM   #15
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I also freeze it in icecube trays for pesto in the winter. What I discovered this year is putting it in layers in a sealed plastic container covered with salt in the fridge. This to me holds the best basil flavor yet and you can use the salt after you've removed all the basil.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:59 PM   #16
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I like to layer mine in a sealed plastic container in the fridge. Between layers of basil I put salt. This holds the best taste for me yet.
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:21 PM   #17
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Just a bite I am going to try your method of salt and basil I think it is a great Idea.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:22 AM   #18
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Salt

The salt method does not dry the leaves, does it? But seems like a very good idea. I'm using something similar for dill and parsley which I store with salt in a glass recipient. Glass, unlike plastic seems less active.
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Old 09-29-2007, 08:03 AM   #19
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It doesn't completely dry the leaves, but it turns them black and they are still somewhat pliable and full of that wonderful taste.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:50 PM   #20
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I freeze my herb leaves and then put them in a pint or quart jar then I seal it with my vacum sealer. i then store the jar in the freezer. It works really well.
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