Parsley is a great herb to grow at home and can be harvested throughout the growing season. Though it loses a little flavor, dried parsley tastes delicious and is easily stored. Here are some tips on how to dry parsley.
WHEN TO HARVEST
Try to harvest your parsley in the morning before the weather gets too hot, but after the morning dew has dried off.
Gather all of your harvested sprigs into loose bundles. Secure them with a rubber band or soft twine. Hang them in a warm, dry and preferably dark place.
To help keep dust off the parsley, cover each bundle with a small brown paper bag. Slit and/or punch ventilation holes in the bag. Be sure air passes easily through. This will help dry the parsley and lower the risk of mold.
After about two weeks, your parsley should be dry and crumble to the touch. Times will vary based on the size of your bundles and the heat and humidity of your drying space.
You may also dry your parsley in an oven. After harvesting, wash the parsley thoroughly in cool water. Drain and use a cloth or paper towel to help get rid of excess water. If you have a salad spinner, you can spin-dry the parsley, which works really well.
Place a piece of parchment paper on an oven pan. Chop up your fresh parsley into ¼ inch pieces, discarding large stems, and spread them out evenly on the parchment. Place the pan in the oven and set to the lowest temperature. Be sure they do not get too hot and burn. Avoid letting the parsley touch the metal of the baking sheet.
Drying should take 2-4 hours but check on them regularly as times may vary.
Remove any unwanted stems that might remain and store the dried parsley leaves in an airtight container in a cupboard or drawer.
Gather all of your dried parsley bundles on a clean, dry surface like a piece of wax paper. Crumble off the dried leaves and separate them from the stems.
Place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place. Usually a cupboard or drawer works best.
In both methods, be sure to pick away in discolored or unhealthy leaves. This includes browning, wilted, insect bitten or diseased foliage.
You can also gather your fresh parsley, wash thoroughly and store in a sealed paper bag in the refrigerator for about a month.
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