Preserving Herbs: How to Preserve & Store Your Homegrown Herb Cuttings



How to Preserve Your Herbs from a Home Herb Garden

Steps

  1. Before harvesting the plants, check if they have insects or rotten leaves.
  2. Harvest the herbs.
    • Make sure you do it in a dry and calm morning during midsummer. Because on humid days the herb produces less oil.
    • Harvest the herbs just after the water droplets have dried from the leaves right before the flowers open.
  3. When you do it, do not remove the entire plant.
    • Do not take more the one third of the plants foliage at one time. The plant needs certain amount of foliage to re-grow well.
  4. Decide which preservation method you are going to use.You can DRY the herbs:
    • Group six to twelve stems and remove any foliage on the base of the stems.
    • Put the bundle in a cool place.
    • Don´t let sunlight reach it. It´s not necessary to make a package.
    • If you want to dry plants separate you can place them on a screen or rack.
  5. Keep in mind to turn the plants so as to dry properly.
    • You can use ovens, dehydrators or other appliances but the result will not be as good as the method mentioned before.
  6. You can FREEZE them:
    • Cut the herbs into ¼ inch pieces and put them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Really simple procedure.
    • You can store them in a bag in the freezer until you utilize them.
  7. You can preserve the herbs using a MEDIUM:
    • Vinegar and salt are the most common mediums. You can cover herbs like mint, basil or tarragon with vinegar or make flavored salt to preserve herbs by alternating layers of fresh herbs between salt.
    • When completely dry separate the brown herb from the flavored salt and store it in an airtight container.

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  • If you want to use the herbs right out of your garden, make sure you clean them properly. Put the herbs in a bowl with cool water. Add two tablespoons of salt. This is important since the salt will take away insects without harming the plant. Once you take the herbs out from the water dry them in a salad spinner.





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