Parsley is a valuable herb for culinary and medicinal usage. Its primary medicinal use is as a water pill or diuretic. Though, it is also a natural treatment for stomach gas and distress.
In addition, parsley can spruce up or improve the taste of a lot of dishes and cuisines. When properly dried and stored, parsleys can be kept for up to a year.
They can also be used to season food when they’re dried correctly. They can also make an herbal tisane. Growing Parsleys at home is an easy task as well as harvesting them.
Fresh Parsley is delicious and the dried ones are as delicious as the fresh kind. Dried Parsleys are ideal to make use of most of your harvests. There are different ways to dry Parsleys, and we will give you few easy steps on how to do so.
This article will give you some valuable and viable steps on how to dry a bunch of fresh Parsleys at home. You can keep reading to learn how to dry fresh Parsley.
Nonetheless, the ideal time to harvest herbs such as Parsleys is during the morning after the evaporation of the morning dew.
Things You Need
Parsleys can lose some of its distinguishing flavor when dried. However, they are still extensively used in salads, sauces, and other dishes in the culinary world across the globe.
There are 2 basic types of drying fresh Parsleys. With this, we listed down the equipment and things you need to follow drying the Parsleys according to each method.
Traditional Drying Method
- A basket of any other containers that are ideal for Parsleys twigs
- A clothes’ drying rack and a dry attic or porch
- A garden or kitchen shear
- A rubber band
- A salad spinner or a clean kitchen towel at least 2 kitchen towels
- An optional small brown paper bag.
Oven Drying Method
Parsleys can also be dried in the oven at the lowest temperature. You can also use a gas stove with a pilot light, spread out the Parsleys on the cookie sheets lined with a parchment paper in a single layer.
Just a special reminder, if you opt to use cookie sheets to dry your Parsley herbs, put the Parsleys on the strong and thick parchment paper to prevent direct contact with the metal trays.
The latter can darken the color of the Parsleys that are being dried which can lose the bright green color of the herb.
Furthermore, we enumerated the equipment and components you need in performing this method.
- A chopping board or block
- A cookie sheet
- A kitchen shear or a good chopping knife
- An oven
- A strong and thick parchment paper
- A salad spinner or a clean kitchen about two pieces.
So, you can either choose the traditional way of drying fresh Parsleys or opt for the modern method. Whatever you would like to choose, you just need to make sure that you have all the equipment and things to perform the task properly.
Before you dry Parsley or any other herbs, you must rinse them well in a cool water to eliminate dirt on the surface especially any remaining garden critters.
After you rinse the Parsleys, you must shake them to eliminate excess water. You should not also forget to eliminate any blemishes or damages on the leaves.
When the herbs are brittle, the process is complete. This characteristic applies for both methods.
Drying Fresh Parsley in the Traditional Way
Collect the Parsleys you harvested during the morning hours after the dew of the night has been dried away by the sun.
Collect all the twigs into loose bundles and fasten the stems of the Parsleys with the rubber bands to make sure that the bundles stay together as they dry.
Cover every bundle with the brown paper bags that have slits cut into the sides to get adequate air flow throughout the herbs.
The paper bags can keep the dust off from the Parsleys as they dried up. They can also prevent the herbs from bleaching out the color.
Proper care must be followed to ensure that enough air is flowing through the bag to keep your Parsley from getting molds.
You can also cut more holes in the bags to get more air. You must avoid moisture build up inside the bag, so fungus and mildew will not form.
Next thing is you hang the bundle upside down in a warm and dry place like your attic or porch. Make sure that the leaves are already brittle which can take about 2 weeks.
Collect the dried bundles of fresh Parsleys and put on the sheet of wax paper.
Disintegrate the dried leaves and take out all of the tough stems onto the wax paper.
Lastly, you need to store the dried Parsley in an air tight container in your pantry or kitchen for your cooking usage.
Drying Parsley in the Oven
It has the same first few steps as with the traditional method. The only difference is placing the chopped or clipped Parsley leaves into 1/4 inches onto the parchment paper or strong and thick lined cooked sheet.
Then, place it in preheat oven for about a couple to 4 hours.
Were you able to follow through the tutorial steps? Are the steps helpful to you? For us and many people, the traditional method is more preferable and cost-effective process because it doesn’t require us to use electricity that could skyrocket our bill.
Though, it may require us more work and meticulous process, but for sure, it won’t cost as additional charges on our electricity bill.
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