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An Introduction to Potpourri: Day Six

Food Dehydrator
Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your food dehydrator. Fleshier items such as roots, fruits and vegetables can also be dried in a food dehydrator. Food dehydrators come with between 4 and 10 shelves so you are able to dry a large amount of material at once.

Oven Drying
If you don’t want to go to the expense of purchasing a dehydrator you may dry most herbs in the oven. Place the herbs onto a cookie sheet, then place the sheet in the oven on the lowest setting, around 185 degrees Fahrenheit, until the herbs are dried. The herbs will take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours to completely dry depending on the thickness of the material being processed. Periodically turn the herbs over to ensure that they dry evenly on all sides. Check the herbs often to make sure they don’t burn or become overly dry.

An Introduction to Potpourri: Day Five

Microwave Drying
Place a single layer of herbs onto a paper plate and place the plate inside the microwave. The herbs may take up to 2 minutes using this method. Check to see how they are drying at 30 second intervals. You may try drying basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, tarragon and thyme in your microwave. You may not want to use this method for drying most culinary herbs as they may become too dry and lose most of their aromatic essential oils. Herbs being used for dried floral arrangements or decorative potpourri can be successfully dried using this method.

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