At first, there is nothing.
All at once, it hits!
The spring and summer harvest is on. It came out of nowhere, and all of a sudden, there are piles of herbs, fruits, roots, and botanicals that need to be preserved ASAP.
So what is the best way to preserve all of that herbal goodness, fast and efficiently? Thankfully there are a few options and were going to dive into those here.
Electric dehydrators can be expensive, take up space and cost more in electricity.
But your mint needs to be harvested now before it takes over the yard and blooms. At the same time, your calendula flowers are going nuts, and the roses are blooming.
Dehydrating without an electric dehydrator can save initial costs in preserving your food, save on electricity, and save on counter space.
But what are the best methods for dehydrating without a dehydrator?
Basket after basket full of flowers. Crate after crate full of berries. All of the goodness is hauled in from the garden, from the farmer's market and from around the farm to help produce flavorful and healthful herbal teas.
From late spring to the depths of summer, the harvest starts coming in. Fresh and flavorful Oregon strawberries, earthy antioxidant packed aronia berries, delicate and earthy blackberry leaves. What ever the botanical may be, its a mad rush to get the harvest in and preserved for the winter.
Our favorite way to preserve on the farm is to dehydrate the bounty. Not only does it make fabulous tea, but it's also a great way to put up food as well. With a few simple tips and tricks, dehydrating is also very easy to do.
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.