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How To Dry Parsley

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Food preservation, especially preserving fresh herbs can sometimes be tricky, but drying parsley is so easy.  If you use parsley a lot in your cooking, you need to learn how to dry parsley!

 

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Learning to dry parsley will help you have home-grown parsley to use for your cooking all year round!  It is also great to get some surplus built up (I just throw it in a mason jar) to put in your food storage.  We dried our parsley like this last summer and just barely ran out, so it is time to refill the parsley jar in my spice rack again.   It’s so easy!

 

How to Dry Parsley

 

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Preserve fresh garden herbs

  • After you pick your fresh parsley, wash it, let it air dry (you can speed up the drying by blotting lightly it with a paper towel if you like), and then place it in a paper bag.

 

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  • Fold over the top of the paper bag, lay it on its side, and then just let the parsley dry for 10-14 days.  (I don’t recommend just drying it on the counter without the bag.  The paper bag will keep dust from settling on it.)

 

When it is ready, it will look something like this:

 

how to dry parsley

 

  • Once the parsley has completely dried out, remove the stems and break the parsley up into little bits.

 

how to dry parsley

 

  • Once I have dried and prepared the parsley, I just refill the spice jars on my spice jar (love that thing-it’s so handy having almost all of my spices right there next to the stove and it comes with FIVE YEARS of free spice refills, which comes in handy for the spices that you don’t grow in your own garden!).

 

  • Place the dried parsley in the spice jar and seal it with the lid (if you have a lot, a mason jar works great, too!).

 

how to dry parsley

 

Now wasn’t that easy?  We grew more parsley this year than last, so I think we will have a little more surplus for food storage.

 

how to dry parsley

 

Pssstt…We have also used this tip for drying fennel seed (which is a MUST in my yummy marinara) and cilantro.  Having homegrown dried herbs on hand is such a great addition to whatever you cook.  Just remember that dried herbs have a bit less flavor than fresh herbs, so you need to use a bit more!

 

Be sure to follow my emergency preparedness, food storage, and self-sufficiency board on Pinterest for more great tips!

 

You can also check out these other great food preservation tips:

Preserving Zucchini

Preserving Pumpkin Puree

Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar

Preserving Cilantro

Preserving Strawberries with a Dehydrator

Canning Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

Dehydrating Apples

Raspberry Freezer Jam

How to Can Salsa

How to Can Apple Pie Filling

 

What herb seeds do you like to plant and preserve?

 

See you next time!

Deb

 

P.S. Click here for more tips on food preservation and food storage!

 

 

 

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Carol

Friday 21st of April 2017

Where can I find a real paper bag?

Debra

Monday 24th of April 2017

lol Oh, dear. Are your stores hiding them? I find paper lunch sacks near the aluminum foil and saran wrap at the store. I usually just use several of those. :) Good luck!

Debbie

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

do you dry fennel the same way? I hnt to do moreave a fennel plant but I am not sure when to pick it. I am new at this but want to do more.

Debra

Monday 4th of July 2016

We dried some fennel last year, Debbie. He did not do it in bags like we did the parsley. It might work, but that's not what we did. We tied it in bundles and hung it upside down for a week or two outside (until it was completely dried out). Hope that helps!

Doug (the kitchen professor)

Tuesday 18th of August 2015

Hey Debra, I always had a little trouble drying out my herbs. This is working great...the paper bag is the key! thanks for the help.

Debra

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

I'm glad it's helping! That was my husband's idea!

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