How to Air-Dry Herbs

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First you need to choose your method of air-drying. If you live in a drier climate, then you can hang them in bunches to dry. If you live in a more humid climate then you may want to place the individual sprigs on a mesh rack This allows more air flow through the herbs and prevents mold.

drying herbs, dried herbs, diy, do-it-yourself, lifestyle blogHow to air-dry in bunches.

1. Gently rinse off any dirt or insects from the herbs.

2. Gently pat dry with a towel.

3. Gather about 10 sprigs to make 1 bunch.

4. Secure the bunch of herbs with string or a rubber band. A rubber band is nice because it will contract with the herbs as they dry. If you don’t tie the string tight enough you make have sprig come loose.

You can also place the herbs in a small paper bag then use another rubber band to secure the bunch to the bag so that the herbs are hanging within the bag. If the leaves of the herbs drop then it will be collected by the bag. Just pierce the bag with a few small holes so that there is still airflow. I would recommend this specifically for lavender.

4. If the area is too hot and humid then the herbs are more likely to mold. So hang them in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Direct sunlight may burn the herbs.

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How to air-dry on a mesh rack:

1. Gently rinse off any dirt or insects from the herbs.

2. Gently pat dry with a towel.

3. Spread the sprigs out onto the mesh rack, which should be elevated off the counter to allow air to circulate.

4. If the area is too hot and humid then the herbs are more likely to mold. So place them in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Direct sunlight may burn the herbs.

 

The herbs are dry when they easily break away from the stem and crumble. Store the herbs in an airtight container until you are ready to use. Don’t forget to label the containers to avoid any mix-ups.

 

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Let’s Eat | Ginger Sweet Potatoes

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Let’s Eat | Gingered Sweet Potatoes

Serving Size: 4 (as a side)

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup milk

1 1/2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Add the potatoes to a stockpot filled with water. Bring to a boil over high heat about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Once the potatoes are finished, drain the water.

In the same pot, add the ginger, chicken broth, salt and pepper.

Use an immersion blender to blend the potatoes until smooth.

Serve.

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