Preserving herbs

20 05 2011

We had ordered a basil plant in the online shop this week as they were only 50p: cheaper than a refill for the jar of dried basil we had. As it turned out, they run out and we were given a bag of freshly-cut basil leaves as a substitute. We didn’t actually want to eat it today, so I thought I’d dry the leaves and pop them back in the jar.

I was putting a pie in the oven this evening, so I laid them out on a baking tray and put them it in the oven while it was on; it was on at 180 C. It took about 10 minutes for them to become brittle, at which point I took them out and crushed them in my finger tips and put them in a jar.

Basil leaves after they came out of the oven

Dried, crushed basil leaves




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