How to Dry Herbs With a Food Dehydrator

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You can use a regular food dehydrator to dry herbs in your own home by following a few basic steps. Dry herbs with a food dehydrator with help from a board-certified naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncture physician in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Ahuva Gamliel from MiBaso in sunny south Florida. Our topic today is how to dry herbs with a food dehydrator. Well first you want to pick your herbs early in the day. Here we have basil. You want to cut the stem just above the split. We are going to take your herb and wash it in the sink with cold water. Then take your basil and I also have some oregano here. And place it in a single layer on your tray. You might also want to label somewhere that you have for example the oregano to the left and the basil on the right. Because the herbs will look different once they are dried. You are going to place your tray in your food dehydrator and set the heat at 90 to 100 degrees. After an hour when your herbs are ready you can take them and place them into either plastic containers or sandwich bags. Here is our oregano and I labeled the bag. It's very important to label so that you don't forget what is inside because sometimes the herbs look very similar. You want to squeeze out any air that maybe in the bag. And seal it tightly. Thanks for watching. I'm Dr. Ahuva Gamliel, be well.

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