Happy DIY Friday! This week, garden expert Shirley Bovshow stopped by Hallmark Channel's hit daytime talk show Home & Family to demonstrate how to make your own dry herbs at home! Check out the simple directions below.
These plants can grow in containers throughout the country and over winter indoors in cold areas.
Tuscan Blue Rosemary — The favorite of many chefs, because upright of form and broader leaves contain more aromatic oil, GROWS TO 6 FEET!
BBQ Rosemary — Strong, straight stems make perfect barbecue skewers! Fast growing, upright shrub with profuse, clear blue flowers.
Emerald Waves Bay Leaves — Wavy edged, emerald green leaves on a new, robust variety of sweet bay. Slender, upright form grows slowly to a 12-ft pyramidal tree.
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HOW DO WE PROPERLY DRY THESE HERBS?
For Bay Leaves:
Cut 4-6"-inch Bay Leaf stem and remove individual leaves from stem
Lay on a paper towel on cookie sheet without overlapping and set in warm, dry well ventilated room with no direct sun
Dry for 2 weeks and keep in glass jars for up to 1 year
Bundle small sprigs of rosemary together and cover with paper bag with holes in it for air circulation
Hang in a warm, dry room for approximately 2 weeks until needles are dry
Remove needles from sprig and store in glass jars in dry, dark place
All herb plants provided by Monrovia.com
Watch Shirley demonstrate how to make your own DIY dry herbs in the video below!
Home & Family airs weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.
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