How to Dry Your Own Spices

Spices are magical. It's like fairy dust for your food. They have medicinal properties, add depths of flavor, contain loads of vitamins, and can invoke memories of time or place. Nutmeg smells like Christmas, basil smells like Italy, and parsley reminds me of my Austrian house mom.  

I have tried to plant an herb garden several times. I'm determined to succeed, but so far I've killed it twice. I prefer to pick mine on walks around the neighborhood or get them package free at the farmers market or the super market. Occasionally they'll come with twist ties. I used four twist ties from my trash jar to "string" up the herbs. 

I tied them to the handles of my cabinet. The sun hits that spot indirectly in the afternoon.  

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I dried lemon verbena which can be used to repel mosquitoes or brewed in a tea can help with indigestion, any type of stomach troubles, joint pain, insomnia, colds, fever, and asthma. I also dried parsley. Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins such as C, K, A, and B 12. So, if you're a vegetarian or vegan you should stock up on some parsley for B 12 which is commonly found in animal protein. Further Reading

I let them hang for about two weeks. A couple of leaves fell off and I could tell they were sufficiently dry. I pulled my blender under them and plucked the leaves. This helped keep the mess to a minimum.

Drying Herbs at Home. DIY with www.goingzerowaste.com It's so easy, cheap, and zero waste!
Drying Herbs at Home. DIY with www.goingzerowaste.com It's so easy, cheap, and zero waste!

I pulsed the leaves in the blender till they turned into small familiar looking pieces. Their color and aroma is so much more potent than what I've bought in store. Organic parsley is selling at $3.63 for .26 oz and just made almost 3oz for $1.00. 

 

I grinded them almost a week ago. Look at that color.  

I grinded them almost a week ago. Look at that color.  

This has been so easy! And, I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner!?Nothing but positives here. It's way cheaper than store bought, better quality, better for you, and so easy. I highly encourage you to try it. Have you tried it? What herbs have you used? 

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