Being able to cultivate the aromatic plants in the garden or on the balcony it gives us the possibility to have very useful, organic and zero km ingredients in the kitchen. We always use spices such as basil, rosemary, mint, oregano: on pizza, baked potatoes, tomatoes, fish…. both fresh and dried.
Spices make the dishes tastier; they give aroma and taste allowing to reduce the use of table salt, the abuse of which often leads to pathologies that should not be underestimated. But they are not only good, they are also healthy, in fact they contain vitamins and mineral salts. In this regard, we refer you to the article "The health properties of aromatic plants"
Why not try drying them at home? This is a very simple operation; in this case they will be kept for a very long time while keeping their flavor unaltered. In this regard we will illustrate you how to dry aromatic plants following our guide.
The first thing to do is to collect the twigs and leaves that you intend to dry: do this in the morning or at the first time the flowers are produced.
How to dry aromatic plants, the various drying techniques
Let the hanging branches dry upside down in a cool setting, away from sunlight.
Method with dryer trays
Put the twigs to dry using special drying trays, you can also find them on the market in the electric version at very low prices.
Method with oven
In this case you will need a gas or microwave oven: in the first case the temperature should not be very high while the microwave must be adjusted to maximum
How to dry basil
- Wash the freshly picked leaves then dry them using kitchen paper
- Once this is done, remove the stem, chop the leaves with the help of the crescent then place them on a plate and then put them in the microwave
- Leave in the oven for thirty seconds at maximum power, possibly repeating the operation until the basil appears dry and crunchy
- Once the basil has dried, all you have to do is place it in a tightly closed glass container.
In this way, all the aromatic herbs that grow at home will keep for up to one year.