|Herb Garden - Home|| Herb Dryer: Overall Dimensions:|
28'' wide, 34'' deep, and 57'' high
10 trays, each 24'' wide and 30'' deep
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My husband made this herb dryer from looking at a video I had taped on a Gardening Naturally segment (with Barbara Damroch). She was visiting a herb farm and the owner was showing off the herb drying room full of these herb dryers. We tried to measure the dimensions on the TV and then adapted the dimensions and design for our own use. The trays are made with plastic screening and I usually have this dryer full all summer. I can fill all the trays with peppermint one week, lemon balm another, and various mints (spearmint, chocolate, etc.)
Leaves: use a well-ventilated location, dry and out of direct sunlight. You can dry the stems in bunches tied with an elastic band upside down andwhen dry pick off the leaves; or place in paper bags; or pick off the leaves and dry them on screens. I prefer drying them on screens as I can look the leaves over for insects or disease and discard the ones not perfect before drying. They dry quicker this way in our climate which will keep more of the oils and the flavour. I use this method for lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint, various other minds, oregano, marjoram, thyme,nettles, anise hyssop and many more. A food dehydrator also works on very low heat for some herbs. Just make sure you don't "burn" them by drying them too long or too high a temperature. I use this method for Italian flat parsley.
Seeds: dry in paper bags or on screens.
Flowers: Dry on screens; in paper bags, or upside down in bunches tied with an elastic band. Quite a few edible flowers need to have the white part taken off first, for example rose petals, dianthus (carnations), as the white part can be bitter. I dry calendula, rose petals, echinacea blossoms, Cal. poppy, red clover, anise hyssop flowers, cowslip and many others for tea blends and some for potpourri.
Storing Dried Herbs: Leaves and flowers should be chip-dry in sealed containers in a cool dark place, and they are best used within one year or so. Roots and seeds keep much longer.
Some examples of dried herbs