7 Easy Steps to Gluten Free Organic Homemade Dried Basil

June 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes Fast Easy

GFOD-Basil

One way to make sure you have no gluten in your herbs (as gluten may make its way into your food from the factory processing or packaging center) is to make it yourself at home.

Homemade herbs are fresher, healthier, safer, smell better, and save you money because your plant keeps growing and delivering herbs to you.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE DRIED BASIL

1) Buy an Organic Basil plant for $4.
- Mine is from WholeFoods. I have also seen them at Trader Joe’s.

2) Trim the largest leaves only from underneath other budding leaves.

3) Wash the leaves with water.

4) Lay the leaves out on paper towels, with a paper towel gently resting on top.
- I did 3 layers for this example. No more than 5 layers, or it might get moldy.

5) Place the dish in the hottest no-wind area of your home.
- I happen to have a sun room that worked great. Near a heater, where it safely won’t catch fire is an option. Keep in mind that slamming doors and open windows will cause your leaves to blow away.

6) After a few days, when the leaves are fully dry and turn to powder at the touch, crush the leaves. You can do it with your bare hands directly into a bowl.
- I couldn’t resist buying this cute old fashioned herb crusher that is pictured.

7) Transfer the crushed basil into a seal tight jar.
- I use a recycled tapenade jar.

You may use this process for any leaf herb. Basil is from the mint family. Mint and sage are other easy fresh dried herbs to make at home.

You can also use these herbs fresh (not dried) immediately after trimming them from your plant. Fresh leaves are great in salads. Whereas the dried herbs are great for hot meals and cooking or sauces.

PLANT CARE: My Basil plant is very thirsty and drinks every other day. If your plant wilts and the soil is dry, water it immediately. My plant is extremely prolific, weekly delivering lots of new large leaves.

Making dried basil was a lot of fun for me.

If you do it, come back and let me know how it goes, and what challenges you may have encountered due to a different home environment.

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