I love herbs, and hate to see them go to waste. Last Summer, I could see our herbs dying before I had a chance to use them up, and figured out how to use my baking dishes to create a solar dehydrator. Just last week, I used the method to dry some herbs from the store (they always sell bunches in quantities beyond our consumption) and it worked beautifully despite Seattle-Spring-barely-warm temperatures.. So, how can you do it too?
What you’ll need:
Look through your baking dishes and see if you have either 2 glass Casserole dishes, or just one and a cookie sheet. I used a Stoneware sheet and Pyrex Glass Casserole dish (7 x 11 inches).
How to do it:
1) Rinse your herbs if needed, then pat dry, and lay out on either a cookie sheet or in a Casserole dish. Place the glass dish on top, and don’t worry if it doesn’t create a seal. You need a little bit of air circulation anyway. If your dishes dose fit together perfectly, set them slightly off so that there is a crack for air to get in there.
2) Set the “baking dish solar dehydrator” in the sunshine and let sit for several hours (like 4-6), checking it every 2 hours for dryness. Depending on your temperatures, yours may dry faster than mine did.
3) Scoop up your lovely dried herbs and place in a container.
Tip: To avoid the need to use a spatula or your hands to scoop the herbs out of the dish, just line with parchment paper first. Then, you simply use it like a funnel to fill up your dried herb container.
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