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Dehydrating Herbs and Spices

What kind of dehydrating equipment is good for drying herbs or spices?

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September 19, 20110 found this helpful

I used to dry parsley in my oven. Spread it out on a jelly roll pan in a single layer and use the lowest temperature setting on the oven. Keep an eye on it and after it is dry let it cool a little bit and then crumble it and put it in whatever container you want to keep it in. I liked the fragrance that it put out as it was drying.

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September 20, 20110 found this helpful

You don't really need a dehydrator. For low water content herbs and spices you can simply wash, dry well with a towel, tie bunches together at the stems and hang upside down in a well ventilated area until they are completely dry.

For high water content items like basil and chives I wash, dry well with a towel, remove stems if there are any and pack them in freezer bags removing as much air as possible and freeze.

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You still can air dry the same way as the low water content ones but I just happen to like the quality better when they are frozen.

If you use the oven method be sure to leave the oven door ajar a bit for ventilation and toss them a time or two so they dry evenly. Keep in mind that with oven drying you might lose some flavor but that's not a big deal because you can just add a bit more than called for in your recipes.

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