Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow indoors and the best house plants if your looking to get something in return other than fresh air and relaxing energy! I love fresh herbs, especially basil. But even with cooking a few dishes per week with fresh basil I still end up with a surplus. So what I did was start to dry the extra basil for use at a later time. Follow the steps below and you can also have your own self dried herbs.
Drying your herbs is actually quite simple.
First – Pick, wash, and dry the basil like you would lettuce for a salad.
Second – Arrange the basil in a single layer on a cookie sheet or cast iron skillet.
Third – Pre heat your oven to the lowest setting. This is usually 170*.
Forth – Put the Basil in the oven for about 1.5-2 hours. Keep an eye on the color of the basil. You want the leaves to become dark but not black or burnt.
Finally – Remove from the oven and store in a sealable container. I like to use mason jars to keep my freshly dried herbs in.
The dried herbs will be easy to crush up if you choose or leave them in larger pieces for storage.
More on growing Basil in your home.
People often struggle with trying to grow house plants. Often houseplants receive to much or to little water. Growing herbs in your home is a great way to add an easily manageable houseplant that you can never over water. Herbs such as basil can grow completely in water so the fear of overwatering is a thing of the past.