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You might not consider herbs as important when you’re preparing for a SHTF situation, but you’ll be surprised how handy they are and the many benefits you can reap from herbs. Besides, they add both flavor and nutrition to foods and in bad times, a delicious stew can boost morale far higher than all the positive words you can say.
Not only do the herbs contain antioxidants and nutrients, many herbs have medicinal properties that can come in handy if the grid goes down. You won’t have the drugstore to supply you with simple medicinal needs and knowing/using home remedies will be important. Herbs can be used for more than just boosting the immune system, but also for curing ailments including stomach problems and colds. Best of all herbs are easy to grow. In fact, many do better in poor soils and are far more aromatic.
You can dry herbs in a number of ways. The thin leaves help them dry quickly, so even air drying is appropriate. Here are some tips that will help make drying herbs more successful.
1. As with any food you’re drying, only use the freshest possible selection when drying herbs. You can do that by growing your own herbs and plucking them the morning you start drying.
2. When using purchased herbs, make sure you thoroughly wash them. While some herbs will not have pesticides, since they are used to deter insects themselves, others will. Washing herbs thoroughly is always part of the process.
3. You can use simple drying techniques, such as air drying and solar drying. If you want to dry herbs faster, create a solar dryer made from wood and mesh screen. The screen keeps the bugs out and allows air to circulate, while the circulating air and sun dehydrates the herbs.
4. If drying herbs inside by hanging them upside down, use a twist tie to hold the herbs stems tightly and allow you to tighten it as the herbs dehydrate and the stems shrink.
5. To prevent dust and dirt from collecting on hanging herbs, wrap it in a piece of cheesecloth, muslin or paper sack with ventilation holes at the sides.
6. Even though you can decorate with hanging herbs in the kitchen, keep the herbs away from the stove or sink. The kitchen can have a lot of humidity if you boil anything. Hanging them in a dryer location, away from the humidity allows for better drying conditions.