Herb Harvesting & Storing Tips

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master gardener William Moss demonstrates how to harvest and store your herbs.

    William Moss: Herbs change a bland meal into a culinary masterpiece. Before frost hits take time to harvest your herbs. Today we are getting spicy in herb garden. You want to harvest your herbs early in the morning, that way that will have the most volatile oils and the most flavor.

    Of course calendar wise you want to make sure you get there before frost. Frost will ruin the majority of your herbs. Harvest herbs by clipping off the stems, you can either take the whole stem or you can clip along the stem right above a set of leaves.

    If you find any that are old or diseased, discard those you don't want to use them. The best way to dry them is to sit them on a rack or a screen in a cool dark dry place or you can place them in the oven on about 180 degrees for an hour. Either way when they are completely dry, you can store them in sealed bags or jars.

    Preserve the flavors of summer garden now for delicious meals all winter. Get out and grow.