Dehydrating herbs is a great way to preserve them for later use in dishes of all kinds. Often, people grow large amounts of herbs, but storing them for a longer duration becomes a problem. In such cases, dehydrating these herbs can make them suitable for long term storage without the risk of the herbs getting spoiled.
Dehydration takes out all the moisture from the herbs and these can then be crushed in a powder form and stored or even stored as they are after drying. As there is no moisture in the herbs, there is no risk of any spoilage. Dried herbs can be used in a number of dishes to add to their taste and these can also be used as a condiment with regular food.
Dried herbs have a lot of value for any purpose. Whether you need dried herbs for cooking or medicinal purpose, correctly storing this food item is important.
Dried herbs are the key ingredient in so many different herb preparations such as infused oils, tinctures, and herbal teas. While putting together a herbal apothecary, dried herbs must be stored with care. The main obstacles to efficiently storing dried herbs are oxidation, moisture, sunlight, the time duration of storage and heat. Different herbs have different periods of time for which they may be retained. Some parts of the herb lose their potency faster. For example, flowers and leaves of dried herbal plants lose freshness and nutrients faster than the seed or root!
Preserving herbs is a great way to store them for long periods of time and the best way to preserve herbs is by drying them in a dehydrator. You can also place herbs in the sun for drying, but it takes a lot of time and often the results are not satisfactory.
With a dehydrator, you can get done with drying the herbs easily and quickly. You can also dry large batches of herbs in the dehydrator as per your requirements. The biggest advantage of drying herbs in a dehydrator is that you can be sure the drying environment is hygienic and free from any preservatives. You can easily store away the dried herbs in airtight containers for later use.