How To Preserve Herbs By Drying or Freezing

How To Preserve Herbs By Drying or Freezing

Herbs can be preserved by drying, freezing and steeping. Each method has it’s own unique benefits.  Yes, my home herb garden has been a little work but it has been well worth it.

Gathering herbs at the end of the season is vital to keeping supplies available after the garden has gone quiet for the winter. To get the best of the garden in the preservation process, take good care to harvest at the right time and dry the plant materials carefully.

PRESERVATION TIPS

  • As with fresh harvesting through the growing season, it is best to harvest them in the morning after the dew dries.

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  • When summer wanes and fall begins, keep an eye on herbaceous perennials that are fading. Harvest herbs when they still look good and not when the foliage is drying or turning brown.
  • Keep watch on the weather and as first frost is approaching, make sure to harvest any tender or annual plants before they are killed by the cold. The time you take at harvest and preserving is part of your own quality control and will provide you with herbs in every month of the year.
  • Consider the shelf life of dried or frozen herbs as “harvest to harvest.” Use up herbs before the next season is harvested so the supply is never more than a year old.
  • Store dried herb in glass jars and keep in a cabinet away from sun and heat.
  • Label all the jars with the herb name and harvest date, herbs look alike after they are dried.

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