How to Dry Basil
Drying basil is such a simple way to preserve this delicious pantry staple!
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Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Fine mesh strainer
How to Dehydrate Basil
Rinse basil in a bowl of clean water.
Shake off excess water and place the basil on a clean towel. Allow it to air dry until completely dry.
Remove dry basil leaves and spread them on dehydrator trays without letting them touch or overlap. Use multiple trays for large batches.
Dry basil at 95F, rotating the trays every few hours.
The basil is ready when it is dry to the touch and has the consistency of dried leaves (~20-24 hours).
Allow leaves to fully cool before crushing or storing whole in an air-tight container.
How to Dry Basil in the Oven
Place clean dry basil leaves on baking drying racks set inside baking sheets. Don't let the leaves overlap or touch.
Place in the oven at the lowest temperature possible (usually 140-170 degrees F) and prop open the door with the handle of a wooden spoon.
Bake for 3-5 hours. Check every 45 minutes, rotating trays and making sure leaves are not touching.
Dried basil will last indefinitely in a cool dry place, but will lose flavor after 9-12 months.
How to Dry Basil - https://www.sustainablecooks.com/drying-basil/