Don't Let Your Herbs go to Waste!
After creating a Southern Italian fusion the other night, I had some left over herbs. Like most of my herbs and veggies, if they're in the bottom veggie drawer of my fridge, they go bad. Why? Because if they're out of sight, they're out of mind. So this time, I put them on my top shelf to increase visibility. Needless to say it worked! I started to notice these herbs didn't have much time left before becoming soggy, mushy green machines. So instead of letting them go bad, I decided to dry them myself, and store them until the next time I needed them. Here's how I did it!
What you'll need:
- Cookie Sheet ( Or any flat baking surface)
(simple enough huh? Lol)
1. Pre-Heat your oven to 200 degrees.
2. If dealing with multiple kinds of herbs, be sure to separate so that you can tell the difference after they've dried. Feel free to remove the stems of you'd like. I kept mine on because there's a ton of flavor in them.
3. Put the herbs in the oven for about 15 mins or until dried. The texture should remind you of kale chips, or a crunchy leaf in the fall.
4. Remove from baking dish and start to break them down. You can toss them into a food processor to get them really fine, or you can have fun with it and break them up with your hands.
5. Once they are broken up, feel free to kick it up a notch by adding spices or other herbs. Try a combination of the two to create different homemade herb blends. Be careful though. Dried herbs are a lot more potent than fresh herbs, so be sure to make the right pairings.