Prior to the frost, Tricia harvested the leaves remaining on the plants, brought them inside and washed them in the sink to get all the bugs and dust off of them. We like to dry basil and store it in the pantry in ZipLoc storage bags for use in cooking various recipes. Once the leaves are washed and dried, it is time to put them in our dehydrator. We load them in a single layer, filling each tray, and turn it on.
|Filling the dehydrator tray with basil leaves|
|Plugged in and drying the basil|
There's no mistaking it when the basil is dried.
I poured the dried basil into a storage bag and then we'll seal it and put it in the pantry. If it is truly dry, it will have a good, long shelf-life.
This bag should be plenty to get us through until next Spring when we plant another row of Genovese basil and have fresh leaves to pick again.
Dried basil is great in soups and pasta dishes. With the cold 'soup weather' coming up real soon, we'll put a serious dent in the dried basil inventory.