I decided that basil would be the first herb I'd dry in my new Sedona dehydrator. That wouldn't take any time, right? Holy moly; I was wrong! It took lots of time. But now I have some home-grown organic basil and still have half the plant left to dry once it gets chilly. No point in drying all the leaves yet; I love fresh basil.
I decided to take the leaves off the stems since they were quite large and the space in-between the trays in the dehydrator is quite small.
Here are the leaves before the drying process.
And after, with Sophie checking them out. (And look! There are autumn leaves already coming down.)
The dried basil will shrink up a lot more once I shred them up a bit.
Next on the drying list is lemon verbena and then lemon grass. After that, I think I'll see what happens to tomatoes and peppers since I still have so many coming in. I've canned a bunch of tomato sauce and salsa, but think I'll try dehydrating some just to check it out. It's nice having options!
I've been super busy and will try to drop in here more often. What with the holidays right around the corner (yep, they are!), I've started making some gifts. The garden is less work, but I'm still getting okra, tomatoes, peppers (sweet and hot), winter squash, green beans and small melons. We'll be checking the sweet potatoes very soon. And the chickens are giving us four eggs a day now. They are such a hoot and on Sundays Mike and I sometimes hang out in the run and watch "chicken TV". They are so entertaining and much more fun that most of what is on the television.