How I Dry My Basil Leaves Quick And Easy

I have a basil plant in my mini kitchen garden. It is very easy to grow and I love the smell it illuminates when I touch and water them. I am not too sure at what time of the year the plant sprouts flowers but then it does the flowers are absolutely amazing! I wrote this article in March 2016 and the plant was flowering at that time. I also have some Aloe Vera plants in my kitchen garden. The Aleo Vera and basil plants require no special treatment and I don’t have to water them every day. I prefer to keep plants like these because I don’t consider myself to have a ‘green thumb’.

A few years ago I took a photo of my plant with the flowers and a friend of mine could not believe that this plant sprouts such beautiful flowers! Here are a few photos that I took of my plant – did I mention that photography is one of my hobbies??  CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY PHOTORAPHY WEBSITE.

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Last year (2015) we experienced a very long dry period in the British Virgin Islands. My plant dried up but it did not die – I am so grateful for that. When the rainy season began, my plant flourished again! Wahoo!! Now this year 2016, I learned a cooking tip that I can dry my basil leaves and have it available, to cook with, during the dry season.

The process:

  • Pick a few branches of the basil plant
  • Wash them thoroughly and place on pieces of paper towel to allow all the water to dry out.
  • When all the water had dried out, place the basil on a baking sheet and put the baking sheet with the basil leaves in toaster oven or regular oven.
  • Set the oven on a low temperature like about 200 degrees and allow the basil leaves to bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes the leaves should be nice and crispy, if not allow them to bake for a few more minutes until crispy. (You will be amazed at the aroma in the kitchen while the basil is baking! The scent is absolutely amazing!)
  • The leaves can be easily removed from the branches which can now be discarded. Hold a branch in one hand and with the other hand simply drag the dried basil leaves off the branch.
  • Use your finger tips to crush the dried basil leaves. If drying a large bunch of basil leaves, you can use a rolling pin to crush the dried leaves.
  • Place the crushed dried basil leaves into a glass jar, cover the jar and place the jar in the refrigerator!

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When you are preparing a meal, you can add a pinch or maybe a teaspoon of the dried basil leaves (this all depends on the amount of food you are preparing) to your dish!

Of course if you don’t have a basil plant, you can do this cooking tip with the basil leaves that you purchase at your local grocery store.


How I Dry My Basil Leaves
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjnd-bDbmTI

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