Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Lovely Way to Dry Herbs

Do you love to bring the outside in when decorating?  I do when I can, but as you know, sometimes whatever you bring in (like flowers) doesn't last very long and then usually has to be thrown out.  Seems like a waste huh?  I've found something to decorate with and also be able to use later in a money saving way?

TIP:  After your flowers are "done", toss them in your compost bin or back into your flower bed for the earth to use as needed.
Every time I use basil from our garden, I always think how pretty the little bundle I just harvested looks.  While I was strolling through Pinterest one day I saw an old wooden hanger with wild flowers hanging from it and it gave me the idea to make this!

Whenever I've seen herbs being dried before, they were always hanging in little bundles like you see here.  I think they are pretty while fresh and after they have dried too.
We have an abundance of basil in the garden and whenever I need it, I just go snip what I need and I'm set.  However in the winter when the basil is not growing and I'm making all kinds of soups and such, I hope to have my very own freshly dried basil to use.  This is the first time I've dried any herbs on my own, so I will keep you posted of how it goes.  That's probably a whole other post there.
To make your very own pretty herb dryer you will need a vintage wooden hanger, some twine, a bit of burlap ribbon and of course the herbs of your choosing.

  • Bundle your herbs like above (cut ends to the top).
  • Cut a piece of twine about 12" long.  Tie it loosely around the bundle.  Turn the bundle over with tied part down.
  • Cut another piece of twine about 6" long.  Slip it through the loop of the first tie as shown above.
  • Now flip your bundles over and tie the 6" piece of twine in a loose knot to the hanger.   Space your bundles evenly to your liking.
Now all you need to do is tie a piece of burlap ribbon at the top and hang it up and enjoy!
This could be hung in the kitchen as well, how cute would that be?  Of course you could use several different types of herbs as well, if you had them.

I forgot to mention that this smells really nice too.  It's hanging above the couch and I usually hang out there when ooohing and aaahing over Instagram.  Please follow me, I'm ddcamp170 on there.

If you love to cook using fresh herbs, here are a few of my go to recipes that I love using my fresh basil in.

Feta Basil Turkey Burger - click HERE.

3 Summer Salads with Garden Fresh Tomatoes - click HERE.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - click HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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5 comments:

  1. Love your idea , right up my alley !! I'm your newest follower on your blog . I follow you on IG , been loving the pics you've posted of that table your reloving !! Have a Great Sunday !! TT 💛

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    1. Welcome and thank you! Hopefully if the rain will ever subside, I will get to finish the table! :)

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  2. That is such a great idea for drying herbs! I pinned it to share and refer back to because I'm definitely doing this over a large chalkboard wall in our kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

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  3. Thanks for sharing this dry herbs idea you created at dream create and inspire, Maria

    http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/one-room-challenge-week-3-accents/

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  4. I love this idea - it serves two purposes, decorative and functional!

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