If you want to preserve your herbs for a long period of time without worrying about them going bad, then drying them is the best possible option!
Dried herbs have no expiration date in particular and can maintain their flavor for a while, making them perfect for packing and storing.
An air fryer is a convenient way to dry your herbs and easy way to accomplish this.
So, how do you dry herbs in an air fryer? Drying herbs in an air fryer is a simple process. Set the air fryer temperature to 360°F, place the herbs in the fryer, and let them dry out for around 3-4 minutes. This will quickly and efficiently dry out your herbs.
Read on to know more about drying and dehydrating herbs!
Drying Herbs In An Air Fryer
Follow these simple steps below, and your dried herbs will be ready in just a few minutes!
- Preheat the air fryer at 360°F.
- Wash the herbs thoroughly.
- Dry off the herbs using a paper towel.
- Remove the stems from the herbs and place the dried herbs in the air fryer’s basket.
- Cover the herbs with a rack so.
- Air fry for 3 minutes at 360°F.
- Toss the herbs after 1 minute so everything gets evenly dried out.
- Once done, move the herbs to a bowl to allow them to cool completely.
- After they finish cooling, you can either store them whole or crush them up a bit.
Dehydrating Herbs In An Air Fryer
While you can dry your herbs in a relatively quick manner, it won’t get rid of all of the water in the herbs. To do that, we’ll need to dehydrate them.
Dehydrating takes a longer time and it involves drying out the herbs slowly at a low temperature. Follow the steps below to dehydrate herbs in an air fryer!
- Set the temperature of the air fryer to 125-150°F.
- If your air fryer already has a pre-set dehydrator option, select that.
- Evenly spread your washed, cleaned, and dry patted herbs on the basket before covering with a rack.
- The process may take somewhere around 1-3 hours, depending on the number of herbs.
- After they’re done dehydrating, check the herbs using your hands. If they start to crumble, the dehydrating process is completed.
Other Ways To Dry Herbs
You can use any of the below methods to dry the herbs:
You can easily dry the herbs in your over by following these simple steps:
- Set a silicon tray on the oven tray. This will prevent the herbs from sticking to the baking sheet.
- Next, set the oven temperature to the lowest possible heat.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Check your herbs after 30 minutes. You should be able to crumble them easily.
Drying herbs in a microwave is very simple, you just need to be careful though! They can burn quite easily with this method.
- Clean and separate the herbs’ leaves.
- Place the herbs between two paper towels, and microwave for 1 minute.
- Check the herbs and, if needed, microwave again for 30 seconds or more.
How To Store Dried Herbs
What’s the next step after drying your herbs? Storing them of course! After all, you wouldn’t want your herbs to lose their flavor.
The best way to store the dried herbs is to either use air-tight plastic containers or glass containers.
You can either store whole herbs or crush them and store them. The choice is yours!
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