Drying Herbs the Easy Way

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My favorite way of drying herbs is to use nylon mesh hampers that have cloth handles. These were designed for college students, and they come in various colors. They are also collapsible for easy storage, so we have several of them and we usually dry four to five different herbs at a time.

We have installed hooks used to hang plants in the ceiling of our carport, and we loop the hamper handles over the hooks. Since we have a lot of wind in our area, looping the handles over a second time secures them from being blown off the hooks, and the herbs can dry in the shade of the carport.

The herbs need to be stirred up occasionally to separate them and make sure they are getting enough air, and it is easy to just hit the bottom of the hamper a couple of times as you go by. Some dry within just a couple of days.

If it is going to rain, it is best to take the hampers down and hang them indoors. Even though they are protected when they’re under the carport, it is still better to put them in a place away from the moisture while they are drying.

Drying Different Herbs

When I am drying herbs on stalks, I cut the whole stalk and put it in the hamper.

When I dry leafy herbs like comfrey, which are more compact, I leave the stems on the leaves and put just a small amount of leaves in each hamper. I stir these more often.

As you put the herbs in the hamper, you will get more of a feel for how many to put in as you see how much they compact. I usually don’t fill the hampers more than one-third full.

Storage Tips

When the herbs are dry, just strip the leaves down off the stalks.

For comfrey or mullein leaves, wear gloves and crumble the leaf off the stems. You can use a coffee grinder if you want to powder some of the dried herbs.

Store the dried herbs in separate bags. When the herbs are in the bags, you can crumble them up some more. I prefer using the gallon-size plastic storage bags, but not the kind with sliders.

You can also store the dried herbs in jars.

Keep the stored herbs out of the light, in a pantry or other cool area.


This article by Sharon Devin was submitted for The Grow Network’s 2015 Writing Contest and was originally published on June 15, 2015. Thank you, Sharon!

 

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Preparedness Quick Tip #17: Organize Storage by Date

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So what separates preppers from hoarders? Well, there is an number of things but one of the most important is how we organize our preps. If you are into your inventory management at all then you will have some method of organization in your storage plans. This goes for all categories of preps. Otherwise you …

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Tin Cans :12 Survival Hacks/ Uses

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No matter what where you go on this planet people have left their mark. I wish I could say that we leave these areas with great art or improvements but the fact of the matter is, we just leave our trash. Its really ugly. There is a serious problem with how much trash we have …

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6 Survival Life Hacks YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Ahh the survival hack. Some hacks can be garbage but some can change everything. Its probably worth creating a website dedicated to all of the great, old and new survival hacks of our time. There are just so many of them out there now its hard to catch them all in one place. I am …

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Seven Survival Keys That Every Hunter Should Know

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Seven Survival Keys That Every Hunter Should Know Hunting is exploding. There is no doubt. Some people think its a great thing while others think it will lead to lots of wounded animals. I don’t know the answer but I will tell you that when you take suburbanites and thrust them into the woods there …

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5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught Us

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5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught Us

If your grandmother was anything like mine, it seemed like there was nothing she couldn’t do. She could sew just about everything, grow just about anything, and seemed to know just about everything!

This is because my grandmother raised children during the Great Depression. She learned to make things herself … or do without! She passed some of these skills on to my mother, and I picked up a few myself, but I was thinking the other day about things my grandmother did that she really never talked about.

Looking back, I can see that these little “hacks” of hers were pretty darn useful, yet for some reason, she never felt the need to explain them.

So, in this article, I want to share the top 5 hacks that my grandmother practiced, but never talked about, just in case your grandmother never shared them with you, either!

1. Keep straight pins sharp

My grandmother kept two pin cushions. One was the typical cloth “tomato,” but she also had another one that was simply a bar of soap. I foolishly thought that my grandmother was just too cheap to buy a new pin cushion, but low and behold, I later found one of my friends using a bar of soap as a pin cushion. When I asked him why, he told me that this kept his straight pins sharp and the soap made them glide through the fabric easier.

2. No more lonely socks

When I would lose a sock or if by chance one sock developed holes or the elastic wore out before the other one did, I would give them to my grandmother. This was at her request. I never asked why she wanted them; I assumed she would make sock puppets (which she did on occasion) or use them for some “silly” purpose, but it wasn’t until I saw my mother use an old sock for dusting that the light bulb went off in my head.

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I was buying those microfiber towels for dusting, and here the answer to dusting was right under my nose. My old socks work just as well as my microfiber towels — and they don’t cost a dime!

3. Umbrella or sunhat?

5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught UsMy grandmother was fond of saying things that seemed strange as a kid but later made me laugh, such as “if you can see the moon and stars, it won’t rain.” Well, if you can see the moon and stars, that means there are no clouds! She would go stand in the front yard and stare at the clouds for a minute or two, and then come inside and announce whether we should take umbrellas or hats for a sunny day. It was many years before I realized what she was doing; grandma was watching the movements of clouds. Clouds that become bigger as they move toward you (of course) indicate it likely will rain later.

4. No more sticky salt

It wasn’t until I moved to a more humid climate that I realized why my grandmother always filled her salt shakers with a mixture of uncooked rice and salt. The uncooked rice absorbed the moisture in the air, allowing the salt to stay drier and move more freely. I discovered this while Googling how to stop the salt from clumping! My grandmother knew this secret years before Google did!

5. Loose screws

No, I’m not talking about your in-laws; I mean those nail holes or screws with holes that have become enlarged over time. Occasionally, you can simply use a larger screw or nail, but with some items, such as a wooden kitchen cabinet door with a handle that will only take a certain size nail, you need a better hack than super glue! This is a true grandma hack that everyone can appreciate. Simply take a wooden toothpick and insert it into the hole. Break it off and then re-use your nail or screw. If it’s a really big hole, try two toothpicks. If grandma didn’t show you this one, perhaps grandpa did.

If you were lucky enough to come from a family who believed in handing down hacks like these the way some families handed down clothes, consider yourself fortunate!

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Survival Hacks! on I Am Liberty

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Survival Hacks Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! All over the internet people are doing things that are truly noteworthy in the survival realm. Its very interesting to scroll through the numerous websites filled with survival hacks. In a capitalistic society like ours we often forget that there are options outside … Continue reading Survival Hacks! on I Am Liberty

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17 Camping Hacks, Tips, & Tricks You’ll Wish You Knew Earlier

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17 Camping Hacks, Tips, & Tricks You’ll Wish You Knew Earlier As I’ve mentioned a couple of times this Fall, it’s camping season! 🙂 Camping is a great way to improve and develop your survival and self-sufficiency skills through hunting/fishing for food, learning to build a shelter, start a fire… you get the point. Food …

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7 Hacks for Homesteading with Almost No Money

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7 Hacks for Homesteading with Almost No Money

7 Hacks for Homesteading with Almost No Money

7 Hacks for Homesteading with Almost No Money

You may be familiar with the word homesteading but may not be quite sure what it means. Homesteading is all about living a self-sufficient lifestyle. It is about being more reliant on the earth and nature, using less energy, recycling, growing your own vegetables, perhaps raising chickens and living off the grid. With these 7 Hacks for Homesteading with Almost No Money you wont have to spend a fortune.

 

What Does Homesteading Involve?

Homesteading can be about building an environmental conscience house or turning your home green, planting an organic vegetable garden, growing fruit trees, working with the local community, using solar energy or wind power, ditching your car and using a bicycle or perhaps keeping a bee colony. It does not have to be all of them and you may choose to start homesteading slowly, building up towards a more self-sufficient way of life.

Is Homesteading Expensive?

The idea of homesteading is for you to not only be self-sufficient but also reduce your costs. We are all very aware today of the damage that has been done to the environment and about decreasing our carbon footprint.
We are also all aware of the high cost of living today and the need to cut down wherever we can. Homesteading can be costly if you are considering buying land and livestock, but there are ways to homestead on a budget.

Homesteading on a Budget

There are tons of ways to get started with homesteading with almost no money. Below are some easy ways you can get started immediately for cheap!

1. Grow your own food

Plant a vegetable garden today. A vegetable garden does not take up much space. If you do not have a garden, make a few wooden containers. You need to have good soil, good drainage and a nearby water source. Find the right spot in the sun; make your raised beds and plant.
Vegetables are seasonal and from this minute on you are going to be a seasonal and healthy eater. Grow vegetables that you can eat daily as well as cook with. Lettuce, spinach, beans, carrots, potatoes, and beetroot are all hardy and giving vegetables.

2. Plant a herb garden

Herbs are inexpensive to grow. Remember with herbs, the more you pluck the more they grow. Grow herbs that are good for cooking, cleaning and medicinal purposes. Grow garlic and ginger. Make a ginger lemon mint tea in the mornings, fresh, free and an excellent morning cleanse.

3. Bake your own bread

This Hacks for Homesteading is a no brainer . You can make preservative free bread that is healthy and cheap. You could even grow your own wheat and make your own flour. Share your home baked bread with your neighbors or swap it for some of their homemade produce. You may want to even sell it.

4. Build a chicken coop

Look after your chickens well and you will have eggs for life. You may have to pay a little for your chickens initially but the rewards are worth it. The idea would be to have free roaming and organic chickens and you can make your own chicken feed. It is not expensive to buy chicken feed, though, just keep an eye on the labels.

5. Keep livestock

You will need a bigger property for this but a goat is an excellent for milk and in the long run, for butter and cheese too. The same applies with a cow which will also eventually give meat. Pigs can be rewarding as they reproduce easily and you could have a fairly constant supply of bacon. Rabbits too are something to consider as a meat source.

6. Live off the grid

The first thing you should do is install solar panels. These can be expensive but you will see how wonderful it is to not have electricity bills. Solar panels are an investment as they will cost you money initially, but the investment pays off fairly quickly.
It is also a good idea to put in gas. You will have the backup of gas if there is not enough sunshine. A gas geyser to heat your water, although costly in the beginning, is a good and wise investment too. Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t necessarily need to use lights for everything. You can use a fire a lot of times for light or invest in a reliable flashlight to use from time to time.

7. Trade

Remember your community. Share skills. Share produce and work together to cut down your costs. Trade and barter are the way forward for a more sustainable lifestyle too. Work with your neighbor.

About the Author

Jack Neely is a fitness expert, survivalist, and world traveler. He’s been in several life or death situations, and he’s making an effort to spread his knowledge around the web to help others survive these situations as well. He’s also on the content team at The Tactical Guru.

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16 Genius DIY Hacks for Your Backyard & Garden

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16 Genius DIY Hacks for Your Backyard & Garden I am always scouring the Internet to find the best DIY hacks so that I can garden smarter with the space that I have. Sometimes you get lucky and find the most amazing and creative do-it-yourself solutions, and the site I found today is no exception. My …

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8 Outstanding Gardening Hacks

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8 Outstanding Gardening Hacks That Can Double, Triple & Even Quadruple Crop Yield Whether you hobby garden or grow a large, food source garden, getting as much as you can out of the space you have is the goal. Most people don’t have a lot of money to specialty items that claim to improve your …

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14 Awesome Hacks To Really Up Your Gardening Game This Year

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14 Awesome Hacks To Really Up Your Gardening Game This Year When it comes to gardening I need all the help I can get. Last year I planted my veggies around this time because the weather forecast was in the 60’s with some showers. As soon as I planted them the wind picked up and that …

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Save This List for Spring Cleaning!

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With the cold spell making us long for springtime, you might wanna bookmark this blog post…37 Deep Cleaning Tips Every Obsessive Clean Freak Should Know.

Now, contrary to that article’s title, deep cleaning isn’t limited to “obsessive clean freaks” and it’s definitely not limited to the spring time. For example:

  • Ever considered using citrus fruits to clean a dirty drain? See #12
  • Or how-about using half of a bagel to clean an old painting? See #25
  • Ever used your fabric softener sheets to keep your baseboards looking sharp? See #15

There’s quite a few more for you to see at Buzzfeed’s post in the above link.

Enjoy!

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